The Screen Actors Guild took its finger off the nuke button long enough to select 2008 awards nominations, while the Academy narrowed its Best Song candidates to a modest 49.
Among films, Doubt leads the SAG field with five nominations for Meryl Streep, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Amy Adams, Viola Davis and for the ensemble performance as a whole. Benjamin Button and Milk picked up ensemble noms of their own, with Brad Pitt and Sean Penn recognized in the Best Actor category and Taraji P. Henson and Josh Brolin singled out for their supporting roles.
Elsewhere: Robert Downey Jr. and/or Slumdog Millionaire's Dev Patel usurped the Supporting Actor nomination that Michael Sheen should have earned for Frost/Nixon, though the latter film did draw an Ensemble nod, which it still won't win, especially against Doubt. 30 Rock, The Closer, Mad Men Boston Legal and John Adams accrued three nominations apiece on the TV side, with awards-season regulars Glenn Close, David Duchovny, Jeremy Piven and Recount making appearances as well.
Back at the Academy, the year's Best Original Song candidates were pared down to just over four dozen — nearly a quarter of which came from High School Musical 3, virtually assuring it representation (and a performance ZOMG!!!) on Oscar night. They're joined most notably by fellow frontrunners Mariah Carey (Tennessee), Miley Cyrus (Bolt), Clint Eastwood (Gran Torino) and Bruce Springsteen (The Wrestler), with Bond theme-mates Jack White and Alicia Keys on the outside looking in. Tough year, tough break, you two.