SAG Awards: ‘Trumbo,’ ‘House of Cards’ Top Nominees

9 Dec 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Dear SAG Awards, Why Wouldn’t You Nominate Jennifer Lawrence?.

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. The people who have been closely following this awards season will be the first to tell you that the nominations from the Screen Actors Guild this year are pretty wild. Mirren was also nominated for a supporting performance for “Trumbo.” The lead actor nominees were 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”). The industry’s actors brought newfound attention to Netflix’s Beasts of No Nation and the Bryan Cranston-starrer Trumbo – two films that had been primarily ignored by critics groups and pundits alike – while shunning odds-on critical favorites like The Martian and Mad Max: Fury Road.

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. The nominations give a boost to the box-office hit Straight Outta Compton, which landed an ensemble nod despite being left out of the acting categories. 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.

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 leading actress SAG Award category, especially, has a few wild card slots in it this year with surprise nominees Helen Mirren (Woman in Gold) and Sarah Silverman (I Smile Back) joining more expected contenders like Brie Larson (Room), Saoirse Ronan (Brooklyn), and Cate Blanchett (Carol).

Mirren and Silverman are also very reliable when it comes to spicing up a red carpet or delivering an unforgettable awards show speech, but can anyone really hold a candle to J. 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. In the last 10 years, the actors’ group has predicted the best actor Oscar winner 100 percent of the time, best supporting actress 80 percent of the time and best actress and best supporting actor 70 percent of the time. The Golden Globe nominations are Thursday, and while the members of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association have no overlap with Oscar voters, the group’s choices bring light to some of the best of the year.

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