‘Trumbo’ biopic leads SAG Awards nominations

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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). 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. 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. 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.

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. 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. 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.

Other lead actor nominees are Leonardo DiCaprio (“The Revenant”), Michael Fassbender (Steve Jobs), Eddie Redmayne (The Danish Girl), and Johnny Depp (Black Mass). 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).

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 nominees in the category are Mirren, Cate Blanchett (Carol), Brie Larson (Room), and Saoirse Ronan (Brooklyn), all of whom have been on handicappers’ lists. 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.

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. Bizarrely, that last film, a study of blacklisted writer Dalton Trumbo featuring an impressive Bryan Cranston, ended up topping the nominations chart with three. Many members of the SAG movie panel also vote for the Academy Awards and as a result, the SAG nominees have traditionally served as a helpful indicator of potential Oscar acting nominees. “Spotlight” is also emerging as one of the top contenders this year, too.

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.

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