SAG Awards Nominations 2016: See the Complete List!

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‘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). After watching SAG Awards voters ignore “The Wolf of Wall Street” and “Selma” in the last two years, Paramount awards consultants learned a valuable lesson when it comes to selling its late-arriving December movies to this particular group. 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.

The DVDs went out the morning of the movie’s gala AFI Fest premiere in November, an expensive gamble for a movie that hadn’t yet been screened in public. 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. The Big Short’s Christian Bale also got a supporting actor nomination, and Carol’s Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara earned leading and supporting actress nominations, respectively. Studios schedule screenings for these members in Los Angeles and New York, which include a maximum of four events featuring Q&As with the cast and filmmakers. News, the gravity of being nominated by a group of his peers is not lost on him in the slightest. “It’s a tremendous honor to be recognized by people I go to work with every day,” Malek tells us. “That means so much to me.

Absent among Wednesday morning’s nominees were Quentin Tarantino’s latest offering, The Hateful Eight, and Jennifer Lawrence’s Joy, but it’s worth noting that The Weinstein Company didn’t send out Hateful Eight screeners to SAG members, while the Joy screeners, from Fox, were late arrivers. One awards consultant, who asked not to be identified because of the sensitive nature of the subject, estimates that even the most popular movies draw fewer than 1,000 voters to theaters. “If you don’t have a DVD, you might as well not run a campaign for SAG,” the consultant says. “And that’s a shame. And to be touted among guys I’ve respected for years and I’ve picked up a few things from, it’s a very unique and profound moment for me and I’m very appreciative of all of it.” Though the nomination announcement meant an early morning for the self-described night owl—”I usually don’t wake up this early in the morning unless there’s craft services involved.”—Malek tells us he’s been enjoying the day. “It’s been pretty great,” he says. “I talked to so many of my family and the people who helped me get here, which I think is the most satisfying moment of it all.” All the acclaim and its star have received isn’t doing anything to relieve Malek of his nerves, he admits (and with the reveal of Golden Globe nominations less than 24 hours away, the praise is only likely continue to grow). “I’d be a little afraid if I wasn’t a little nervous about season two,” he reveals. “I have to say, I think the reason this has just struck a nerve with people—this show and this character, some of the audacious things that he says, I think, resonate with people and it gives people a voice or allows people to find their voice.

Movies deserve to be seen on a big screen, the way the filmmaker intended.” Because SAG votes so early, it’s best to think of these nominations as a snapshot of the Oscar race — taken two weeks ago. Other lead actor nominees are Leonardo DiCaprio (“The Revenant”), Michael Fassbender (Steve Jobs), Eddie Redmayne (The Danish Girl), and Johnny Depp (Black Mass).

Oh, just Malek’s fellow nominee Jon Hamm. “I’ll tell you this, we were at the GQ Man of the Year party the other night and I find myself in the elevator going up to dinner with Jon Hamm and he’s like, ‘Dig your show,'” he says. “Are you kidding me? See below for all the nominees in both film and television categories (where Game of Thrones, Homeland, and House of Cards earned three nominations apiece).

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. The “Beasts'” ensemble nomination stands as a tribute to Fukunaga’s challenging film about child soldiers in Africa as well as Netflix’s savvy marketing and the wide availability of the movie on the streaming service. (SAG voters get free subscriptions.) Elba’s inclusion in the supporting actor category cements his standing as a likely nominee with the academy too. “The Martian”: If the inclusion of “Beasts” was a surprise, the omission of Ridley Scott’s space survival saga “The Martian” came as the morning’s biggest shock.

A nomination for the movie’s sprawling name-brand ensemble, including Matt Damon, Jessica Chastain, Kristen Wiig, Jeff Daniels and Chiwetel Ejiofor, had been taken as a given, and Damon was expected to land a lead actor nod. 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. Instead, the blacklist drama “Trumbo” and its lead, the popular Bryan Cranston, made it in for a Hollywood history movie whose subject matter possesses an obvious attraction to movie-loving voters.

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. Sarah Silverman: “I Smile Back,” the Silverman-topped drama featuring the comedian in a raw turn as a reckless woman dealing with depression, has taken in $58,738 since opening in a few theaters in October and has just a 55 Rotten Tomatoes score. But obviously enough SAG voters saw the movie and liked her committed performance ahead of the likes of Jennifer Lawrence (“Joy”), Lily Tomlin (“Grandma”), Carey Mulligan (“Suffragette”) and Charlotte Rampling (“45 Years”).

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