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Out of the 20 Screen Actors nominees in film categories, 17 also earned Oscar nominations. Among them are last year’s best-actor winner Jeff Bridges, nominated this season for “True Grit”; Nicole Kidman for “Rabbit Hole”; James Franco for “127 Hours”; Jesse Eisenberg for “The Social Network”; and Jennifer Lawrence for “Winter’s Bone.”

Before the show began, the guild presented its award for film stunt ensemble to the sci-fi blockbuster “Inception” and the TV stunt prize to the vampire drama “True Blood.”

Nominated for overall cast performance at the guild awards are “Black Swan,” “The Fighter,” “The Kids Are All Right,” “The King’s Speech” and “The Social Network.” All five were among the 10 best-picture nominees at the Oscars, where “The Social Network” and “The King’s Speech” are considered the front-runners for Hollywood’s biggest prize.

“The Social Network,” chronicling the rise of Facebook, had been the early Oscar favorite for best-picture, named the year’s top drama by key critics groups and the Golden Globes.

But “The King’s Speech” has surged forward in the past week, pulling upset wins at the Directors Guild and Producers Guild awards and leading the Oscar field last Tuesday with 12 nominations.

Last year’s individual winners at the guild awards _ Bridges for “Crazy Heart,” Sandra Bullock for “The Blind Side,” Mo’nique for “Precious” and Christoph Waltz for “Inglourious Basterds” _ all went on to win at the Oscars.

The cast prize, considered the guild’s equivalent of a best-picture honor, has a spotty record at predicting the top Oscar winner.

The recipient of the guild’s cast award has gone on to claim best-picture at the Oscars only seven of 15 years since SAG added that prize. Last year’s guild cast recipient, “Inglourious Basterds,” lost out to “The Hurt Locker” in the Oscar best-picture race.

The 17th annual SAG Awards include a life-achievement honor for Ernest Borgnine.

“We are a privileged few who have been chosen to work in this field of entertainment,” said the 94-year-old Borgnine, whose award was preceded by a tribute including clips from his Oscar-winning performance in 1955’s “Marty” through his role in last fall’s action comedy “Red.” “I hope that we will never let our dedication to our craft fail, that we will always give the best we possibly can to our profession.”

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