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‘Trumbo’ leads Screen Actors Guild Awards nominations.

The Oscars race officially kicked off on Wednesday with the Screen Actors Guild nominations that saw “Trumbo”, a biopic about a blacklisted 1940s screenwriter, score the most nominations.SAG Awards nominations can seem like one more guild prize in a season full of them, a rubber-stamping of movies everyone knew were going to power through to the Oscars anyway. On the television side, Netflix’s political drama “House of Cards” led the field with three nominations, for best actor (Kevin Spacey), best actress (Robin Wright) and best cast performance in a drama series.

Idris Elba was nominated for best supporting actor in the child soldier drama “Beasts of No Nation” and is the sole individual minority nominee in the movie categories of the 22nd annual SAG nominations announced Wednesday. On Monday, the African-American Film Critics Association named the N.W.A drama their best of the year, but it’s been mostly overlooked by other critics’ awards. The SAGs are often a solid early indication of Oscars hopes, since members of the acting guild represent some 20 percent of the roughly 6,000 voting members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. “Trumbo” tells the story of screenwriter Dalton Trumbo, who in 1947 was blacklisted along with other artists for refusing to testify before Congress about alleged Communist propaganda in Hollywood films. 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 for the depression indie “I Smile Back,” and Helen Mirren for “Woman in Gold,” about an elderly Jewish woman looking to reclaim art once stolen by the Nazis. An apt metaphor, as when this year’s nominations were announced Wednesday morning, “The Martian” was entirely snubbed, while the breed of people who wrote some of its memorable lines were surprisingly celebrated, with the Hollywood screenwriter tale “Trumbo” picking up three nominations.

But while the predominantly black casts of both “Beasts” and “Straight Outta Compton” were recognized for their ensemble work, alongside “Trumbo,” ”Spotlight” and “The Big Short,” individual acting nominations in most film categories exhibited a striking lack of diversity. Cranston — of “Breaking Bad” fame — is up for an award for his portrayal of Trumbo, and Mirren was tapped for her role as conservative gossip columnist Hedda Hopper. Mirren was also nominated for a supporting performance for “Trumbo.” The lead actor nominees were a bit more expected, with recognition for Bryan Cranston (“Trumbo”), Johnny Depp (“Black Mass”), Leonardo DiCaprio (“The Revenant”), Michael Fassbender (“Steve Jobs”), and Eddie Redmayne (“The Danish Girl”). A surprise snub was “The Martian,” a blockbuster about an astronaut stranded on Mars, which was considered a sure bet by industry experts both for the film’s ensemble and its star Matt Damon. Mara and Vikander both have significant onscreen time in their respective movies, which has led some awards prognosticators to criticize their “supporting actress” campaigns.

Asked what lesson he learned from his first acting credit on “Gilmore Girls” has stuck him with all these years, Malek cited sound level. “It’s funny, I can find myself sometimes being too quiet,” Malek told The Times by phone shortly after getting news of his nomination. “A lot of sound people tell me that I have to raise my volume. As the awards pundit Sasha Stone said on Twitter, “I’m going to have to science the … out of this one.” The ensemble: Every year an Oscar best picture dark horse slips in.

Overall, there were more diverse individual nominees in television than film, thanks in part to the fact that TV divides nominees into comedy and drama, which provides more inclusion. Aside from “Spotlight” this season’s main players should come further into focus on Thursday when the nominees are announced for the Golden Globe Awards. In addition to Elba’s nod, other TV nominees included Queen Latifah for “Bessie,” Uzo Aduba for “Orange is the New Black” and Viola Davis for “How to Get Away With Murder.” The SAG nominations also helped bring a murky awards season into a bit better focus. Nominees are selected by separate movie and TV nominating panels, each comprised of more than 2,000 randomly selected SAG members, and the organization’s choices highlighted a few underdog performances. Every one of those movies is considered a medium-range shot for big prizes this season at best, and a few of them — “Trumbo” tops the list — were pretty much thought out of the game. (The only awards front-runner in the ensemble list was “Spotlight,” which experienced its own brand of snub Wednesday morning — more on that in a second.) The big implication in this category is Oscar’s best picture.

Since the Motion Picture Academy expanded beyond five nominations in 2009, the SAG Awards ensemble prize has been highly predictive of Oscar’s top prize. It’s matched at least four out of five every year but one, and even in that one year, it landed three out of five. (The reason is simple: The acting branch is the academy’s largest.) Yet none of the long-shot quartet were thought solid favorites to land a nom. In this image released by A24 Films, Brie Larson, left, and Jacob Tremblay appear in a scene from the film, “Room.” The movie opened in U.S. theaters on Oct. 16, 2015. Lawrence is well-liked by SAG — at 25, she’s already been nominated for lead twice, winning three years ago for “Silver Linings Playbook.” Nominations from another planet?

Matt Damon is beloved for his turn as space-stranded botanist Mark Watney in the fall blockbuster “The Martian.” The rest of the cast is well regarded too, including Jeff Daniels and Chiwetel Ejiofor on the ground and Jessica Chastain and Michael Pena in space. At 45, he had has had dozens of worthy roles, but landed a relatively modest three individual SAG nominations — and one of them was nearly 20 years ago.

Fox, which has three legitimate candidates — “Joy,” “The Revenant and “The Martian” — before you even get to its art house division, Fox Searchlight. This was a year when some of the best male performances came in the form of Boston Globe journalists: Mark Ruffalo as investigative reporter Mike Rezendes, Liev Schreieber as top dog Marty Baron, John Slattery as the gruff Ben Bradlee Jr. and Michael Keaton as grizzled investigation chief Walter Robinson. The only question was who would be bumped to lead and who would stay in supporting. (Keaton, for instance, was thought to a supporting actor until the New York Film Critics made him a lead.) But the idea that none of them would be nominated in any individual category — and by their peers, no less?

Yet that’s what went down Wednesday morning, as exactly zero of the male actors garnered individual nods. (Rachel McAdams got the lone individual nomination, for supporting actress).

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