SAG Awards: Matt Damon, Helen Mirren and the five biggest snubs and surprises

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‘Trumbo’, ‘House of Cards’ lead US actors’ guild award nods.

Leonardo DiCaprio and Eddie Redmayne are set to battle it out for top honours at this year’s Screen Actors Guild Awards (SAGs), after the nominations were announced.The comedian, who is of Mexican descent and spent part of his childhood there, is up for the award for outstanding performance by a male actor in a comedy series alongside “Modern Family’s” Ty Burrell, William H.

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. With both tipped for Oscar nominations it could well be a closely fought category – although the pair will face some stiff competition from Johnny Depp in Black Mass, Bryan Cranston in Hollywood drama Trumbo, and Michael Fassbender for his performance in Danny Boyle’s Steve Jobs biopic. The SAG nominations are the first major awards announcement in Tinseltown’s glittering awards season, which climaxes with the Academy Awards in February.

Leading up to the announcement on Wednesday morning, there was speculation that Puerto Rican actor Benicio del Toro and his border-themed film “Sicario” would receive nominations for the first award ceremony of the season. 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”). Expect a similarly tight race in the best actress category, which will see Cate Blanchett’s performance in Carol up against Dame Helen Mirren for her turn in Woman In Gold.

British actress Helen Mirren (L) and US actor Bryan Cranston arrive for the European premiere of the film “Trumbo” in London on October 8, 2015 ©Leon Neal (AFP/File) 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. 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. 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.”

The awards – often seen as an indicator of who’ll be taking home the gold come Oscar night – will take place in Los Angeles on January 30, in a ceremony hosted by Anthony Mackie and Anna Faris. Industry magazine Variety also expressed surprise that actors Will Smith (“Concussion”) and Jennifer Lawrence (“Joy”) had failed to make the final cut.

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