The nominations for the annual Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Awards were just announced. Along with The Golden Globe Awards they are considered to be a OSCAR predictor. Demian Birchir who starred in New Moon director Chris Weitz’s first post Twilight outing, A A Better Life. was nominated as Outstanding Actor. This is quite a feat for a low budget, indie film starring a relatively unknown actor of Mexican descent. Suffice it to say, it was on almost no critic’s predication list.
According to the LA Times:
Demián Bichir, a 48-year-old Mexican actor little-known to American moviegoers, scored a surprise best actor nomination at the SAG Awards on Wednesday morning.
Bichir, who plays an illegal immigrant pursuing the American dream in “A Better Life,” beat out a couple of projected favorites in the category, including “Shame’s” Michael Fassbender and Gary Oldman from “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy.” Directed by Chris Weitz, “A Better Life” has only grossed $1.8 million at the U.S. box office.
The foreign star was only one of a handful of actors to receive a nomination who had not graced the lists of awards prognosticators. In the lead actress category, nearly all of the nominees were considered shoo-ins, namely Meryl Streep for “The Iron Lady” and Michelle Williams from “My Week with Marilyn,” though it was slightly unexpected that Glenn Close earned a nod for her cross-dressing turn in “Albert Nobbs.”
He is up against stiff competition including perennial favorites George Clooney, Brad Pitt, and Leonardo DiCaprio among others.