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By KAREN BUTLER, United Press International
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Miramax, NBC and HBO led the pack when nominations for the 2002 Screen Actors Guild Awards were announced in Los Angeles.


Miramax's films "Chicago," "Gangs of New York," "Frida" and "The Hours," which it co-produced with Paramount, earned a total of 10 mentions Tuesday, while NBC's top programs, "Friends," "Will & Grace," and "The West Wing" helped nab the Peacock Network 12. HBO's "Sopranos," "Six Feet Under" and "Sex and the City" helped the pay cable network get 10 nods.

A ceremony honoring the winners will be held March 9 at the Los Angeles Shrine Exposition Center and televised nationally on TNT at 8 p.m. EST.

SAG President Melissa Gilbert ("Little House on the Prairie") introduced Megan Mullally ("Will and Grace") and Michael Clarke Duncan ("Daredevil") who announced the nominees for this year's Actors. They are:


For Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role: Adrien Brody for "The Pianist," Nicolas Cage for "Adaptation," Daniel Day-Lewis for "Gangs of New York," Richard Gere for "Chicago," and Jack Nicholson for "About Schmidt."

For Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role: Salma Hayek for "Frida," Nicole Kidman for "The Hours," Diane Lane for "Unfaithful," Julianne Moore for "Far From Heaven," and Renee Zellweger for "Chicago."

For Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role: Chris Cooper for "Adaptation," Ed Harris for "The Hours," Alfred Molina for "Frida," Dennis Quaid for "Far From Heaven," and Christopher Walken for "Catch Me If You Can."

For Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role: Kathy Bates for "About Schmidt," Julianne Moore for "The Hours," Michelle Pfeiffer for "White Oleander," Queen Latifah for "Chicago," and Catherine Zeta-Jones for "Chicago."


For Outstanding Performance by the Cast of a Theatrical Motion Picture: "Adaptation," "Chicago," "The Hours," "The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers," and "My Big Fat Greek Wedding."

For Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series: Michael Chiklis for "The Shield," James Gandolfini for "The Sopranos," Martin Sheen for "The West Wing," Kiefer Sutherland for "24" and Treat Williams for "Everwood."

For Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series: Lorraine Bracco for "The Sopranos," Amy Brenneman for "Judging Amy," Edie Falco for "The Sopranos," Allison Janney for "The West Wing," and Lily Tomlin for "The West Wing."

For Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series: Sean Hayes for "Will & Grace," Matt LeBlanc for "Friends," Bernie Mac for "The Bernie Mac Show," Ray Romano for "Everybody Loves Raymond" and Tony Shaloub for "Monk."

For Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series: Jennifer Aniston for "Friends," Kim Cattrall for "Sex and the City," Patricia Heaton for "Everybody Loves Raymond," Jane Kaczmarek for "Malcolm in the Middle," and Megan Mullally for "Will & Grace."


For Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series: "24," "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation," "Six Feet Under," "The Sopranos," and "The West Wing."

For Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series: "Everybody Loves Raymond," "Frasier," "Friends," "Sex and the City," and "Will & Grace."


Kathy Griffin's alleged feud with "American Idol" host Ryan Seacrest is like something out of a "Seinfeld" episode. Perhaps that's because Griffin acted out a similar story in a 1998 episode of the classic sit-com. She played Sally Weaver, a rival comedian who turns sniping at Jerry into a one-woman show.

TV Guide Online says Griffin's real-life war of words started at this year's American Music Awards when Seacrest unexpectedly opened Griffin's blouse while the duo presented the Fans' Choice Award. Griffin immediately retaliated with a remark that implied Seacrest was gay.

Although Griffin seemed fine during the show, the "Celebrity Mole" told reporters backstage: "Ryan Seacrest physically assaulted me... Follow me to the precinct, he's going down. Look, maybe I did walk up the freaking stairs like Shania. But Ryan Seacrest took my top off. That would never happen to Shania."


Asked what he thought about Griffin's complaints, Seacrest told TV Guide Online: "It was an unscripted presentation of an award, and quite frankly, we had a good time up there... And when I walked backstage, Kathy said, 'Thanks. I thought that was great.' And that was it. There's no feud between the two of us... Whatever she may have said afterward, she must have slept on it and decided to change her mind whole-heartedly about it."


Filming the hit comedy "Kangaroo Jack" in the Australian Outback forced city boys Jerry O'Connell and Anthony Anderson to interact with real, live animals.

"I am from Manhattan here in New York so my experience with animals prior to this film was pretty much what I learned in the two trips I took to the Bronx Zoo in grammar school and maybe a few rodents in my apartment," explains O'Connell, the star of "Tomcats" and "Stand By Me."

"So, when Anthony and I got off our planes in Sydney and we were immediately sent to Kangaroo Temperament School and Camel Jockey School, it was a bit of a cultural change for us," he said. "Being thrown into a pen with four other kangaroos, that was scary and having to deal with the smell of camels."


The noxious odor the camels emitted and the noise that accompanied it did, however, provide a constant source of humor and even was incorporated into the film.

"We have a scene that rivals the 'Blazing Saddles' (gas-passing) scene," O'Connell proudly declared. "We'd be in the middle of a dramatic scene and I'd be like, 'Anthony, we have to get the kangaroo with the money' and then you'd hear (a tooting noise) and it's like: 'Wow. Wow! You have to stay off the Taco Bell.'"

"Kangaroo Jack" is in theaters now.


Lara Flynn Boyle isn't ashamed to admit she likes her status as a TV and film star.

"I am an actor, that's just in me," said "The Practice" and "Men in Black II" actress. "But I also like to have fun. Who the hell wouldn't want to be a movie star? I don't need to prove myself anymore. I enjoy my career and I think the title 'movie star' lends itself more to that."

Even if that means everyone wants to discuss how much you weigh, who you are dating and why, oh why, you wore a pink tu-tu to the Golden Globes Awards ceremony?


"You work all your life to finally get here, and then complain that you can't go to the grocery store? I never liked going to the grocery store anyway," she said. "The days that I get overwhelmed by it, I think to myself: 'Well, you know, there might come a day when no one cares where I am or what I'm wearing or who I'm dating. And I don't think I'd like that. I think I like things the way they are."

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