LOS ANGELES -
Up in the Air,
led the Screen Actors Guild Awards with three nominations each yesterday, among them honors for George Clooney, Diane Kruger and Mo'Nique.
The World War II rewrite Inglourious Basterds and the Harlem story Precious: Based on the Novel 'Push' By Sapphire are competing for the guild's overall cast prize, along with the 1960s British drama An Education, the Iraq War tale The Hurt Locker, and the musical Nine.
The corporate-downsizing tale Up in the Air was shut out of that category but scored a lead-actor nomination for Clooney and two supporting-actress slots, for Vera Farmiga as his new love and Anna Kendrick as his new protege.
Kruger picked up a supporting-actress honor in Inglourious Basterds, which also earned a supporting-actor slot for Christoph Waltz as an exuberantly ruthless Nazi.
Precious earned a lead-actress honor for Gabourey Sidibe as an illiterate, abused teen. Mo'Nique was nominated as supporting actress as the teen's despicable mother.
For best actor, Clooney is up against Jeff Bridges in Crazy Heart, Colin Firth in A Single Man, Morgan Freeman in Invictus and Jeremy Renner in The Hurt Locker.
With Sidibe, best-actress nominees are Sandra Bullock in The Blind Side, Helen Mirren in The Last Station, Carey Mulligan in An Education, and Meryl Streep as chef Julia Child in Julie & Julia.
The choices lined up much the same as Tuesday's Golden Globe nominations. The SAG Awards, to be handed out Jan. 23, are a prelude for what actors might take home at the Academy Awards.