List: Who got nominated for a SAG Award?

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‘Trumbo’ leads SAG noms in murky awards season.

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Hollywood blacklist drama “Trumbo” scored a leading three Screen Actors Guild Awards nominations on Wednesday, and sleeper contenders “Beasts of No Nation” and “Straight Outta Compton” entered the awards conversation in a real way when both were nominated for best ensemble drama. “Beasts of No Nation” star Idris Elba was also nominated for best supporting actor, as well as for his role in TV’s “Luther.” Other best ensemble nominees included “Spotlight,” and “The Big Short.” Leading female performance nominees included Cate Blanchett (“Carol”), Brie Larson (“Room”) and Saoirse Ronan (“Brooklyn”), all of whom have dominated awards buzz, but also Sarah Silverman (“I Smile Back”) and Helen Mirren (“Woman in Gold”). With all of the surprising films and actors that were included in this morning’s SAG Awards nomination announcement—hello, Sarah Silverman and Trumbo!—that meant less room for what, until this morning, had been perceived as some awards season heavy-hitters. The modestly budgeted “Trumbo,” starring Cranston as the blacklisted Hollywood writer Dalton Trumbo, made a surprisingly strong showing, outpacing awards-season frontrunners like the lesbian romance “Carol,” the journalism drama “Spotlight” and the transgender bio-pic “The Danish Girl.” With its nomination for outstanding ensemble — an award sometimes cited as a predictor of the best picture Oscar — “Trumbo” appears to have improved its chances in the Academy Award race. We’ll keep a close eye on the Golden Globe nominations announcement tomorrow morning to see how many of these make the cut, and which ones might have just seen the end of their awards campaigns.

The movie’s cast includes Helen Mirren, a double nominee for supporting actress in “Trumbo” and lead actress in “Woman in Gold.” Among the other surprise nods: Lead actress Sarah Silverman in the indie drama “I Smile Back,” and the ensemble cast of “Straight Outta Compton,” a bio-pic about the members of the controversial rap group N.W.A. In a year when Hollywood’s lack of diversity has become of critical concern following last Oscar’s all-white acting slate, the individual performance nominees for movies remained largely monochromatic, save for Elba’s supporting nominations. On the television side, the political drama “House of Cards” led with three nominations, including best drama ensemble, best male performance in a drama for Kevin Spacey and best female performance for Robin Wright. But one of the oddest choices by the SAG Awards’ nominating committee was its decision to include Spotlight – clearly the one film that seemed to be hitting everyone’s best of list this year – in the ensemble category and the supporting actress category for Rachel McAdams’ performance, but not supporting actor.

Not only was Matt Damon a genuine contender for his committed and endlessly charismatic lead role, but he was surrounded by a killer ensemble cast, a collection of stars and up-and-comers that might make up half the SAG membership. There were more diverse individual nominees in television than film, though, thanks to nominations for Elba, “Orange is the New Black’s” Uzo Aduba and Viola Davis of “How to Get Away With Murder.” Michael Keaton, Mark Ruffalo, and Liev Schreiber had been mentioned as possible major contenders there, but were left off the ballot in favor of first-time nominees Mark Rylance (Bridge of Spies), Michael Shannon (99 Homes), and young Jacob Tremblay (Room).

The film is competing in the comedy category at the Golden Globes, where it will almost certainly make an appearance in the nominations, but this is an odd fate for such a financially successful and critically beloved film. Christian Bale was nominated for supporting actor in “The Big Short,” Adam McKay’s comedy-drama about the 2008 housing crisis, which is also up for outstanding cast. Many, many cheers to Rachel McAdams for being the sole individual nominee from the tremendous Spotlight cast—for those of us who have wondered for years why she didn’t get better roles, it’s like spring has arrived. Russell’s Joy flat-out or whether the exclusion of the film and its lead actress Jennifer Lawrence, a two-time SAG winner, was due to the fact that the screeners for the Christmas Day release arrived too late for voters. But it’s mystifying that the film received an overall ensemble nod without any recognition for the individual male stars, particularly Michael Keaton and Mark Ruffalo, who had been singled out by many critics.

Awards pundits spent the entire year waiting for three movies to open in December and become instant heavy-hitters: The Revenant, The Hateful Eight, and Joy. But with the lone exception of an acting nomination for The Revenant’s Leonardo DiCaprio, all three were nowhere to be found—possibly because they opened so late that members didn’t have time to consider them, or maybe because the buzz on all three has been mixed since they began screening after Thanksgiving. It opened late in the year as well, but became a major box office success, and it seemed that SAG members might be inspired by Sylvester Stallone’s touching performance, or by Michael B. But Creed was absent from this morning’s nominations; does that indicate a larger lack of support among actors that could hurt it at the Oscars as well?

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