December 16th, 2010
04:50 PM ET
Clearly we need to get used to hearing the names Chris Colfer and Geoffrey Rush – this week has been a standout for the two actors who, each in their respective fields, have nabbed some major nominations.
The Hollywood Foreign Press Association announced on Tuesday that Rush was up for the best supporting actor in a motion picture Golden Globe, and on Thursday, Rush’s peers bestowed a SAG nomination in the category of outstanding performance by a male actor in a supporting role.
There’s a similar pattern for Colfer, who nabbed a Globes nod in the best supporting actor in a TV series category and then followed it up with a SAG nod for outstanding performance by a male actor in a comedy series.
Both of the stars were elated with the news, and it probably didn’t hurt that their projects - “The King’s Speech” for Rush and “Glee” for Colfer - are up for SAG awards as well.
“As an actor you are excited, doubtful, obsessive, scared about what your craft and imagination can muster – never knowing if the story of a fascinating but obscure corner of history will ever appeal to any audience,” Rush said in a statement. “It seems that it does, and to have the colleagues in your industry recognize the details of your work, it's overwhelmingly satisfying.”
As for Colfer, he shared with CNN, "Sometimes I take out my SAG card and just stare at it for large amounts of time. I'm completely shocked and honored!”
Meanwhile, Rush’s co-star Helena Bonham Carter, nominated for an outstanding performance by an actress in a supporting role SAG award, said that “The SAG nomination means particularly more to me because it comes from the very people I crave approval from: other actors.” That's an idea that John Goodman, who was nominated for outstanding performance by a male actor in a made for TV movie or miniseries for “You Don’t Know Jack,” can agree with.
“This nomination is all the more special because it was created and bestowed by my Fellows and Fellowettes,” he told CNN.
And Valerie Bertinelli spoke for the whole “Hot in Cleveland” crew, who have been nominated for an outstanding performance by an ensemble in a comedy series SAG award, when she said, “Working on this show with Betty [White], Jane [Leeves] and Wendie [Malick] has been one of the best experiences of my life. It's a joy and a privilege to come to work everyday and I'm thrilled and honored that our cast, especially the brilliant Betty White, has been recognized by the members of SAG."
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