The Screen Actors Guild (SAG) today announced the nominees for the 18th Annual SAG Awards, the only major awards given to actors where the nominees and winners are chosen by—wait for it—actual actors, in this case members of SAG. Coming out on top with four nominations was The Help, while The Artist—which has stepped up as an Oscar frontrunner after being named the year’s best film by the Boston Society of Film Critics, New York Film Critics Online and Washington, D.C. Area Film Critics Association—came in second with three nominations. The Descendants, J. Edgar, Moneyball, Albert Nobbs, My Week with Marilyn and Bridesmaids all received dual noms.

Though considered strong Oscar contenders, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, Hugo, Shame and Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close were shut out of the nominations. While this doesn’t bode well for the films’ acting Oscar chances (SAG nominees historically coincide fairly highly with Oscar nominees), it’s not exactly a death knell, as this year’s Oscar race is considered by many to be something of a free-for-all (or, in the words of The Wrap’s Steve Pond, a “confusing mess”).

The 2012 SAG Awards will take place on Sunday, January 29th at the Los Angeles Shrine Exposition Center. The complete list of film nominations (including the nominees for Best Stunt Ensemble) are below. To view the nominees in the SAG Awards’ television categories, visit

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role
Demián Bichir, A Better Life
George Clooney, The Descendants
Leonardo DiCaprio, J. Edgar
Jean Dujardin, The Artist
Brad Pitt, Moneyball

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role
Glenn Close, Albert Nobbs
Viola Davis, The Help
Meryl Streep, The Iron Lady
Tilda Swinton, We Need to Talk About Kevin
Michelle Williams, My Week with Marilyn

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role
Kenneth Branagh, My Week with Marilyn
Armie Hammer, J. Edgar
Jonah Hill, Moneyball
Nick Nolte, The Warrior
Christopher Plummer, Beginners

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role
Bérénice Bejo, The Artist
Jessica Chastain, The Help
Melissa McCarthy, Bridesmaids
Janet McTeer, Albert Nobbs
Octavia Spencer, The Help

Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
The Artist
The Descendants
The Help
Midnight in Paris

Outstanding Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Motion Picture
The Adjustment Bureau
Cowboys & Aliens
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2
Transformers: Dark of the Moon
X-Men: First Class