Award season is heating up!
The 22nd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards were announced this morning, December 9, at the Pacific Design Center in L.A. Anna Faris and Anthony Mackie were invited by vice president Gabrielle Carteris to read the list of the nominees in the main categories.
To say this years crop of nominees is surprising is to say the least. Let’s back up a little and discuss the SAG voting.
Voting for the SAG awards began way back on November, 18 and closed just the other day on December 7. Problem #1: While the majority of screeners had been sent out before those dates, many major players including Joy and The Hateful Eight, barley had the chance to screen during that period. Problem # 2: Also, a lot of SAG voters aren’t major fans of the cinema (why be a SAG voter then!?) or don’t live in major cities where screenings are shown. Both of these issues lead voters to miss out on some great performances. Hopefully, the Globes nominations will be kinder on them tomorrow.
Trumbo, the biopic about blacklisted screenwriter Dalton Trumbo, walked away with three nominations including the coveted ensemble cast nom. Bryan Cranston, who plays the lead, took the nomination for Lead Actor while his counter part Helen Mirren scored a nomination in the Supporting Actress category.
Other films to join Trumbo in Outstanding Cast in a Motion Picture include Beast of No Nation, The Big Short, Spotlight, and Straight Outta Compton.
While the nominations seemed to be all over the place, there were some highlights. Jacob Tremblay, the nine-year-old who plays Jack in Room, received his first nomination making him the youngest actor to be nominated for a SAG Award. Helen Mirren and Idris Elba were both able to walk away with two nominations each. It was also an unexpected nods for the cast of Straight Outta Compton and Sarah Silverman for I Smile Back, but both equally well deserved.
Now for the snubs. The biggest lack of nominations was The Martian. The movie was widely distributed and seen, so it was puzzling that it was left off the table. The Martain joined the party of Joy, Concussion, Love and Mercy, Sicario, Suffergette, Truth, The Hateful Eight, Youth, and Creed who all a shot of landing a nomination in one category, yet left empty handed.
On the Television side of the SAG’s, things seemed calmer. Game of Thrones walked away with three noms, tying with House of Cards for the most nominations. Ellie Kemper and Amy Poehler both received nominations for Outstanding Performance in a Comedy Series. No shocker here that Uzo Aduba and the cast of OITNB walked away with nominations as well.
GoT will square off with Downton Abbey, Homeland, House of Cards, and Mad Men for Outstanding Drama. On the comedy side it is between The Big Bang Theory, Key & Peele, Modern Family, OITNB, Transparent, and Veep.
Hopefully, things will make more sense after The Golden Globes nominations. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
Check out the full list of nominees below!
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role in a Motion Picture
Bryan Cranston, Trumbo
Johnny Depp, Black Mass
Leonardo DiCaprio, The Revenant
Michael Fassbender, Steve Jobs
Eddie Redmayne, The Danish Girl
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role in a Motion Picture
Cate Blanchett, Carol
Brie Larson, Room
Helen Mirren, Woman in Gold
Saoirse Ronan, Brooklyn
Sarah Silverman, I Smile Back
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture
Christian Bale, The Big Short
Idris Elba, Beasts of No Nation
Mark Rylance, Bridge of Spies
Michael Shannon, 99 Homes
Jacob Tremblay, Room
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture
Rooney Mara, Carol
Rachel McAdams, Spotlight
Helen Mirren, Trumbo
Alicia Vikander, The Danish Girl
Kate Winslet, Steve Jobs
Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture in a Motion Picture
Beasts of No Nation
The Big Short
Straight Outta Compton
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries
Idris Elba, Luther
Ben Kingsley, Tut
Ray Liotta, Texas Rising
Bill Murray, A Very Murray Christmas
Mark Rylance, Wolf Hall
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in Television Movie or Miniseries
Nicole Kidman, Grace of Monaco
Queen Latifah, Bessie
Christina Ricci, The Lizzie Borden Chronicles
Susan Sarandon, The Secret Life of Marilyn Monroe
Kristen Wiig, The Spoils Before Dying
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series
Ty Burrell, Modern Family
Louis C.K., Louis
William H. Macy, Shameless
Jim Parsons, The Big Bang Theory
Jeffrey Tambor, Transparent
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actress in a Comedy Series
Uzo Aduba, Orange Is the New Black
Edie Falco, Nurse Jackie
Ellie Kemper, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep
Amy Poehler, Parks and Recreation
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series
Peter Dinklage, Game of Thrones
Jon Hamm, Mad Men
Rami Malek, Mr. Robot
Bob Odenkirk, Better Call Saul
Kevin Spacey, House of Cards
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series
Claire Danes, Homeland
Viola Davis, How to Get Away With Murder
Julianna Margulies, The Good Wife
Maggie Smith, Downton Abbey
Robin Wright, House of Cards
Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series
Game of Thrones
House of Cards
Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series
The Big Bang Theory
Key and Peele
Orange Is the New Black