Taraji P Henson, Phylicia Rashad Nab 09′ SAG Award Nods, James Earl Jones’ Lifetime Achievement

Angela Bassett and Eric McCormack were on hand to announce nominees for the 15th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards Thursday. Revealing nominations for hit shows Desperate Housewives and House, Bassett and McCormack also read nominations for Taraji P. Henson, Phylicia Rashad and James Earl Jones. Led by the Catholic school drama “Doubt,” which picked up five nominations, including honors for Meryl Streep, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Amy Adams, and Viola Davis, the SAG members also honored Taraji P. Henson for her role in ‘The Curious Case of Benjamin Button’. Known for roles in ‘Baby Boy,’ ‘Hustle & Flow,’ and recently ‘Tyler Perry’s The Family That Preys,’ Henson ended up with a nod for ‘Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role. Not to far behind, Phylicia Rashad earned a nomination for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Movie or miniseries for the role of ‘Lena Younger’ in ‘A Raisin In The Sun’. Other best-actress nominees were: Anne Hathaway, “Rachel Getting Married”; Angelina Jolie, “Changeling”; and Melissa Leo, “Frozen River.” Nominated for best actor were: Richard Jenkins, “The Visitor”; Frank Langella, “Frost/Nixon”; Sean Penn, “Milk”; Brad Pitt, “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”; and Mickey Rourke, “The Wrestler.” The 15th annual SAG Awards will air live on TNT and TBS Jan. 25, four weeks before the Academy Awards. James Earl Jones will receive the SAG Lifetime Achievement Award during the ceremony. Jones, a stable actor since 1963, will be honored for his achievements on film which include the late 70s picture “Roots: The Next Generation” and several other projects including Star Wars (1977), and even voice roles in Disney films such as The Lion King (1994).


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