Precious, Basterds Lead SAG Noms
Up in the Air also scores three Screen Actors Guild nominations
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 17, 2009 10:01 AM CST
In this film publicity image released by Paramount, George Clooney portrays Ryan Bingham in a scene from "Up in the Air."   (AP Photo/Paramount Pictures, Dale Robinette)
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(Newser) – Award-season frontrunners Inglourious Basterds, Precious, and Up in the Air led today’s Screen Actors Guild nominations with three apiece. Included in those nominations for Basterds and Precious is a nod for outstanding performance by a motion picture cast—SAG’s answer to the typical “best picture” category. Other films nominated in that category are An Education, The Hurt Locker, and Nine. The leading TV shows also received three nominations each: 30 Rock, The Closer, and Dexter.

The SAG Awards is the only ceremony that honors actors only, the Los Angeles Times reports, and it is considered a bellwether for the Academy Awards—most Oscar nominees are also SAG nominees. Notably missing from the nominations list: Avatar, E! points out, along with The Hangover. The award ceremony airs Jan. 23. For the complete list of nominees, click here.