SAG Awards 2016: Nominations Announced


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.


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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.


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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.


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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.

Screen Shot 2015-02-25 at 1.33.18 PMOn 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

Downton Abbey

Game of Thrones


House of Cards

Mad Men

Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series

The Big Bang Theory

Key and Peele

Modern Family

Orange Is the New Black




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