Doubt is the big winner with five nominations. Meanwhile, The Dark Knight was not included in the Best Ensemble list.

SAG Nominees Announced

on December 18, 2008 by Phil Contrino
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The Screen Actors Guild has announced their list of award nominees for 2008. Predictably, the likes of Heath Ledger, Mickey Rourke, Sean Penn, Meryl Streep, etc. have all been nominated.

One surprise is the inclusion of Slumdog Millionaire 's Dev Patel in the Supporting Actor category. Slumdog 's acting has been widely ignored by critics groups, and this nod could help boost Patel's chances of snagging an Oscar nod.

After being snubbed by the Golden Globes, Richard Jenkins and Melissa Leo were both nominated in the Best Actor and Best Actress categories, respectively. Jenkins and Leo are huge Oscar underdogs at this point, so every little bit of support they receive helps a great deal.

One major snub came in the category of Best Ensemble, which is essentially the SAG equivalent of Best Picture. The fact that The Dark Knight did not get a nod could spell trouble for its chances of landing a Best Picture nomination.

The full list of nominees:

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role

RICHARD JENKINS / Walter Vale - The Visitor (Overture Films)
FRANK LANGELLA / Richard Nixon - Frost/Nixon (Universal Pictures)
SEAN PENN / Harvey Milk - Milk (Focus Features)
BRAD PITT / Benjamin Button - The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (Paramount Pictures)
MICKEY ROURKE / Randy - The Wrestler (Fox Searchlight Pictures)

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role

ANNE HATHAWAY / Kym - Rachel Getting Married (Sony Pictures Classics)
ANGELINA JOLIE / Christine Collins - Changeling (Universal Pictures)
MELISSA LEO / Ray Eddy - Frozen River (Sony Pictures Classics)
MERYL STREEP / Sister Aloysius Beauvier - Doubt (Miramax Films)
KATE WINSLET / April Wheeler - Revolutionary Road (Paramount Vantage)

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role

JOSH BROLIN / Dan White - Milk (Focus Features)
ROBERT DOWNEY, JR. / Kirk Lazarus - Tropic Thunder (Paramount Pictures)
PHILIP SEYMOUR HOFFMAN / Father Brendan Flynn - Doubt (Miramax Films)
HEATH LEDGER / Joker - The Dark Knight (Warner Bros. Pictures)
DEV PATEL / Older Jamal - Slumdog Millionaire (Fox Searchlight Pictures)

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role

AMY ADAMS / Sister James - Doubt (Miramax Flms)
PEN√ČLOPE CRUZ / Maria Elena - Vicky Christina Barcelona (The Weinstein Company)
VIOLA DAVIS / Mrs. Miller - Doubt (Miramax Films)
TARAJI P. HENSON / Queenie - The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (Paramount Pictures)
KATE WINSLET / Hanna Schmitz - The Reader (The Weinstein Company)

Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture

Doubt (Miramax)
Frost/Nixon (Universal Pictures)
Milk (Focus Features)
Slumdog Millionaire (Fox Searchlight Pictures)
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (Paramount Pictures)

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