SAG Awards Nominees Announced: Who Got In, Who Got Snubbed

10 Dec 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

‘Trumbo’ tops SAG Awards nods.

Ensemble nominations for the Screen Actors Guild Awards highlight diversity in both film and television, including nods for Beasts of No Nation, Straight Outta Compton, and Orange is the New Black. Yet, individual nominations, especially for movies, remained largely white — only adding to concerns this will be yet another monochromatic awards season. 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. “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. The film’s star Bryan Cranston is up for an award for his portrayal of Trumbo, and co-star Helen Mirren was also tapped for a best supporting actress prize for her role as conservative gossip columnist Hedda Hopper. 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.

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. 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.

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. 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. 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 actors’ branch is the largest of the groups voting for the Academy Awards, so the SAG Awards are seen by many experts as a guide to possible Oscar nominations. In the supporting category, Christian Bale was nominated for The Big Short, Mark Rylance for the Cold War thriller Bridge of Spies, Michael Shannon for playing a predatory real estate agent in 99 Homes and young star Jacob Tremblay for playing a child in captivity in Room.

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.

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