‘Trumbo’ tops SAG Awards nods

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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.

Trumbo did well by its ensemble cast, with Bryan Cranston — who plays screenwriter Dalton Trumbo — picking up a lead actor nomination and co-star Helen Mirren, as gossip columnist Hedda Hopper, receiving a supporting actress nod. 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).

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. 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. 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.

On the television side, Netflix’s political drama “House of Cards” led with three nominations, including best drama ensemble, best male performance for Kevin Spacey and best female performance for Robin Wright.

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