Actors’ guild award nominees announced

10 Dec 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

‘Trumbo’ tops SAG Awards nods.

(CNN) — Trumbo led in numbers, and Spotlight held the spotlight, but some surprising picks — including Straight Outta Compton, Sarah Silverman, and 9-year-old Jacob Tremblay — earned some limelight when the nominations for the 22nd annual Screen Actors Guild Awards were announced Wednesday morning (December 9). The nominations were spread fairly evenly among films up for best ensemble — the SAG Awards’ equivalent of Oscar’s best picture — with Trumbo earning three nods and Spotlight, The Big Short, and Beasts of No Nation picking up two each. Spotlight, about the Boston Globe’s investigation of allegations of sexual abuse by priests, has been anointed an Oscar front-runner, thanks to honors from a variety of critics’ groups. Trumbo did well by its ensemble cast, with Bryan Cranston — who plays screenwriter Dalton Trumbo — picking up a lead actor nomination and co-star Helen Mirren, as gossip columnist Hedda Hopper, receiving a supporting actress nod.

Other lead actor nominees are Leonardo DiCaprio (“The Revenant”), Michael Fassbender (Steve Jobs), Eddie Redmayne (The Danish Girl), and Johnny Depp (Black Mass). Other nominees in the category are Mirren, Cate Blanchett (Carol), Brie Larson (Room), and Saoirse Ronan (Brooklyn), all of whom have been on handicappers’ lists. Though Tremblay, who plays a child who has known only the life of a captive in a room with his mother, has been praised for his performance, his nomination came as a surprise in a year when Spotlight’s Michael Keaton, Love and Mercy’s Paul Dano and Creed’s Sylvester Stallone were highly touted. On the comedy side, the ensemble nominations went to The Big Bang Theory, Key and Peele, Modern Family, Orange Is the New Black, Transparent, and Veep. Bizarrely, that last film, a study of blacklisted writer Dalton Trumbo featuring an impressive Bryan Cranston, ended up topping the nominations chart with three.

With that the case, such overlooked performers as Jennifer Lawrence (Joy) and Jennifer Jason Leigh (The Hateful Eight) might suddenly drop down in handicapping — though they could easily come back up when the Golden Globe nominations are announced Thursday. The biggest individual winner has to be Helen Mirren, who somehow managed to get nominated twice: supporting as Hedda Hopper in Trumbo and lead in the not-much-liked Woman in Gold.

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