Today, the 2,100 randomly selected Screen Actors Guild nominating committee members are getting their ballots. They will then have a few weeks to see everything before jotting down their choices.
Votes for nominees may be cast online or via mailed paper ballot. Votes must be received by the Guildâ€™s official teller, Integrity Voting Systems, by Monday, Dec. 13, 2010 at 5 p.m (PT). Nominations for the 17th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards will be announced at the Pacific Design Center in West Hollywood on Thursday, Dec. 16, 2010 at 6 a.m. (PT)/9 a.m. (ET), telecast live on TNT and webcast live on tnt.tv and tbs.com.
The site Awards Daily did a list with the year’s strongest performances, and the supporting players, with ‘Black Swan’ as the first choice.
Natalie Portman in Black Swan. While itâ€™s true that this is Natalieâ€™s show, almost entirely, she needed something to play off to connect to the various emotions that flood over her. Barbara Hershey giving one of the scariest performances of the year as her mother is vital to prompting neurosis from Portman.
Mila Kunis provides the match that lights a fire that wonâ€™t be put out until the end of the film. Winona Ryder presents a whole new dimension to what sheâ€™s been capable of on screen throughout her career â€” she plays a self-pitying ex-prima ballerina here and also provides a motivating force for Portman. Finally, Vince Cassel as the all-seeing dance teacher, the thrusting male presence causing all of the females to flurry like nervous pigeons is great. Most likely to get a supporting nod: Barbara Hershey.