||UP: Tim Burton, Sweeney Todd. Rave reviews finally arrive, with the Times calling it "close to a masterpiece."
||DOWN: Mike Nichols, Charlie Wilson's War. The reviews make a point of the movie's lighter-than-air tone, which is good (in that it actually makes us want to watch it), but bad for the serious-movie-loving Academy.
|CURRENT PREDIX: Paul Thomas Anderson, There Will Be Blood; Ethan and Joel Coen, No Country for Old Men; Sean Penn, Into the Wild; Ridley Scott, American Gangster; Joe Wright, Atonement
||UP: Johnny Depp, Sweeney Todd. No SAG nomination, but Depp can console himself with his jaw-dropping reviews.
||DOWN: Denzel Washington, American Gangster. No SAG nomination, and he doesn't have a batch of fresh press this week to dry his tears on.
|CURRENT PREDIX: Mathieu Amalric, The Diving Bell and the Butterfly; Daniel Day-Lewis, There Will Be Blood; Johnny Depp, Sweeney Todd; James McAvoy, Atonement; Viggo Mortensen, Eastern Promises;
|Denzel Washington, American Gangster
||UP: Angelina Jolie, A Mighty Heart. An SAG nomination adds to this overlooked performance's sudden heat.
||DOWN: Amy Adams, Enchanted. An SAG nomination gave her Junebug candidacy legitimacy, and her SAG snub hurts her this year.
|Amy Adams, Enchanted; Julie Christie, Away From Her; Marion Cotillard, La Vie En Rose; Angelina Jolie, A Mighty Heart; Keira Knightley, Atonement; Ellen Page, Juno
|Best Supporting Actor
||UP: Philip Seymour Hoffman, Charlie Wilson's War. Even those critics who find the movie too lightweight praise his performance.
||DOWN: Paul Dano, There Will Be Blood. This is the kind of showy performance that other actors love, but Dano is hurt by
|Miramax's Paramount Vantage's failure to send out Blood screeners to SAG members.
|CURRENT PREDIX: Javier Bardem, No Country for Old Men; Paul Dano, There Will Be Blood; Philip Seymour Hoffman, Charlie Wilson's War; Hal Holbrook, Into the Wild; Tom Wilkinson, Michael Clayton
|Best Supporting Actress
||UP: Tilda Swinton, Michael Clayton. A month ago, observers wondered if her intense performance would be overlooked, but Golden Globe and SAG nominations place her firmly in the final five.
||DOWN: Saoirse Ronan, Atonement. Probably the primary victim of Atonement's complete whiff in the SAG noms.
|CURRENT PREDIX: Cate Blanchett, I'm Not There; Ruby Dee, American Gangster; Julia Roberts, Charlie Wilson's War;
|Saoirse Ronan, Atonement; Amy Ryan, Gone Baby Gone; Tilda Swinton, Michael Clayton