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"The Help" leads SAG awards nomination


08:55, December 15, 2011

LOS ANGELES, Dec. 14 (Xinhua) -- "The Help," a civil-rights-era picture led the nominations in the motion picture category for the 18th Annual Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Awards, the organizers announced in West Hollywood, California Wednesday.

"Modern Family," an ABC comedy series, led the television contentions with five nods. It walked away from the last year's event as the best comedy ensemble winner.

"The Help," a DreamWorks ensemble piece about a young white Mississippi woman and her relationship with two black maids during Civil Rights era of America in the early 1960s, garnered four nods including motion picture ensemble, a leading role recognition for Viola Davis who starred as the maid Aibileen Clark. Jessica Chastain and Octavia Spencer were also recognized for supporting roles.

"The Artist," a silent movie which has fared well during recent awards events, was also named for best picture ensemble along with comedy "Bridesmaids," family drama "The Descendants" and romantic comedy "Midnight in Paris."

The group also announced nominees for stunt ensemble honors during the early-morning event. "The Adjustment Bureau," "Cowboys & Aliens," "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2," " Transformers: Dark of the Moon" and "X-Men: First Class" were named in the category of motion picture.

The SAG Awards will be presented at the Shrine Exposition Center Jan. 29.

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