2016 SAG Awards Nominations: Snubs and Surprises

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2016 SAG Awards Nominations: Snubs and Surprises.

LOS ANGELES — The Hollywood blacklist drama “Trumbo” has a leading three Screen Actors Guild Awards nominations for best ensemble, best actor for Bryan Cranston, and best supporting female for Helen Mirren. “Beasts of No Nation” and “Straight Outta Compton” also solidified their place in the awards conversation with nominations for best ensemble.Anna Faris and Anthony Mackie announced the nominees for the 2016 SAG Awards Wednesday morning, and while we congratulate everyone who managed to receive acknowledgement, we have to admit—as per usual—that there were some snubs and surprises. It wouldn’t be an awards show without them, so let’s discuss who surprised us with their inclusion (in the best way, obviously) and who deserved some love but missed. Trumbo focuses on 10 screenwriters and directors including Dalton Trumbo, played by Bryan Cranston, who were shunned and in a few cases, jailed, for their associations with the Communist Party.

The ensemble cast category — somewhat of a parallel for potential best picture nominees — was quite varied, as award season favorite “Spotlight” got a much-predicted spot. Other best movie actors nods went to Johnny Depp for Black Mass, Leonardo DiCaprio for The Revenant, Michael Fassbender for Steve Jobs and Eddie Redmayne for playing a transgender pioneer in The Danish Girl. Sarah Silverman scored a nomination in the Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role in a Motion Picture category for her work in I Smile Back.

The comedienne took on a completely different role in this movie, swapping her sense of humor for a character that struggled with drug and alcohol addiction. The top winners at the SAG awards often go on to win Oscars, such as last year’s best ensemble-winning film Birdman, which was named best picture at the Oscars. On the televisions side, the list reads similar to the most recent Emmy awards, as favorites “Veep,” “Transparent,” “House of Cards,” “Mad Men,” and “Modern Family” all landed ensemble nominations — though Comedy Central’s “Key and Peele” was a newcomer to the comedy category. The acting lists were fairly standard with prestige dramas, though newcomers Ellie Kemper (Netflix’s “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt”) and Rami Malek (USA’s “Mr. Russell collaboration with lots of Oscar buzz, got zero nominations; and nothing for Matt Damon, who received raves for headlining “The Martian.”

Nicole Kidman has proven herself a worthy actress time and time again, but Grace of Monaco was universally panned so much that it ultimately released on Lifetime. Ellie Kemper: The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt star is the heart of the Netflix series—and such a big heart!—so we’re thrilled to see her colleagues recognize her for the stellar work she did. Getting On: HBO’s quiet comedy has one of the best cast’s on TV (Niecy Nash, Laurie Metcalf, Mel Rodriguez and Alex Borstein in addition to a rotating cast of supporting players) and yet nobody seems to pay attention to it.

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