The Screen Actors Guild has announced its nominations for 2006. Not surprisingly, the SAG tends to favor films dominated by (you guessed it) acting! And I don’t have much of a problem with the performances they decided to include. I enjoyed the ensemble acting in Bobby, The Queen, and Little Miss Sunshine as much as the SAG apparently did.
However, good performances in director-dominated films – films with a strong personal vision or style – are conspicuously absent from the SAG’s honor roll, even when said films contained some of the best acting to be seen last year. I’m happy to see that at least one auteur-type film, Scorsese’s The Departed, got a couple nominations (it made a lot of money), but why couldn’t they also have found room for the outstanding ensembles of A Prairie Home Companion or A Scanner Darkly?
In any event, here are some of my favorite performances from 2006 that were, for whatever reasons, overlooked by the SAG:
Clive Owen, Michael Caine – Children of Men
Laura Dern – Inland Empire
Sacha Baron-Cohen – Borat
Mia Kirshner, Fiona Shaw – The Black Dahlia
Jim Broadbent – Art School Confidential
Robert Downey, Jr. – A Scanner Darkly
Catherine O’Hara – For Your Consideration
Toby Jones, Daniel Craig – Infamous
Meryl Streep – A Prairie Home Companion