Screen Actors Guild Nominations…Those Actors

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Well, it looks like I was way off, but I guess that is not too much of surprise. Actors love actor-y films and these nominations prove that the guild was going with the ensemble cast that they believe to be exceptional instead of a cast in a great film. The five ensemble cast nominees are Spotlight, The Big Short, Beasts of No Nation, Straight Outta Compton and Trumbo. Yeah… Now, I have still not seen The Big Short and Trumbo, and word of mouth is good, and the casts nominated are completely worthy and are in quality films, but if this is where the industry is steering towards, Spotlight is going to win Best Picture in February. Done deal and it has been feeling like that for a while now. The support is now shown not just from the critics, but from the film guilds as well. I am down with that as that film is toned, smooth and relevant. But, it might be the only film of the five that actually receives a Best Picture nomination at the Oscars.

I do think that The Big Short and Straight Outta Compton have a great shot of getting a nomination and I am not too surprised they got in with SAG, but what about what was left out. Nothing for The Martian. I have been surprised when all the buzz blew up over the film blogs about this film receiving and possibly being the frontrunner for Best Picture, but I think at best it will be nominated and have no shot of winning. It will need the PGA and DGA to bring it back from the dead. Mad Max: Fury Road received stunt ensemble nomination, but this no shocker as the film is all about the story, action and Mr. Miller. Nothing for Joy and The Hateful Eight, so either they did not see them in time or they were not that fascinated with either film. I do believe they did not see Tarantino’s film so it is still fine going into the Oscars, but if they did see Joy, it is telling, especially with Jennifer Lawrence not being nominated either. No The Revenant for ensemble and only DiCaprio for Best Actor, so maybe it was too bleak, as was Beasts, for their out-of-date sensibilities.

There were only acting nominations for Carol, Room, Brooklyn, Steve Jobs and The Danish Girl. Huge support for the acting, but I was a little surprised not to see Carol, Brooklyn, Room or Steve Jobs get snubbed for ensemble. Speaking of acting, they really love Helen Mirren. She, of course is fantastic, but who the hell thought her performance in Woman In Gold would get a female acting nomination?!?! Same with Sarah Silverman in I Smile Back?!?! No Charlotte Rampling, Jennifer Lawrence or Carey Mulligan… Come on. Get with the times. The male actor nominations might be how it ends up with Academy. It is looking like DiCaprio, Depp, Fassbender are locks, and most likely it will be Redmayne and Cranston completing the ballot. The support and love for Cranston throughout the business is enormous, just look at all the deserved attention he received for “Breaking Bad.” Sorry Matt Damon. Good performance but on the outside now.

Then we get to the supporting categories. I was thrilled to see Idris Elba get a nomination for Beast, and one for “Luther” on the television side, as well as the ensemble. He is brilliant, menacing and father-like throughout that unbelievable film. And Jacob Tremblay for Room is very deserving as well and great to see him getting the support. The field is so packed, but I cannot believe Dano, Keaton and Ruffalo did not get nominations!! What the hell is up with that? Good for Michael Shannon too for his performance in 99 Homes. You cannot be upset with him receiving some recognition as he is outstanding in everything, but I really cannot get over the fact that the Spotlight men got snubbed. Wow! At least Rachel McAdams received a supporting nomination.

I will say this, I was really excited to see Cary Fukunaga’s intense and a stunning Beasts of No Nation receive that ensemble nomination. That film is so haunting and beautifully immersive.  I hope this is a strong sign of support going in to the Globes nominations tomorrow, as well as the PGA, DGA and Oscars. Fingers crossed.

Actors are unique in their support and it also depends on if they actually watched the films at all. They are set in their ways when it comes to recognizing their peers. I will not be surprised at anything moving forward. I mean, no one probably saw Trumbo receiving three nominations, but it is chock full of talented, veteran actors in a film about the business, and they love that. I am just more surprised with what was left off, but with this being such a wide open year, which it still very much is, anything can happen. This will be exciting throughout, but Spotlight is the one to beat from here on out. My predictions were way off, but what do film bloggers really now. We are not on the inside of the snappy group and that is what really matters when it comes to Academy Awards. It is not about the critics at all. Critics are for history, analysis and discussion. Like I said, anything can happen.

Here is a list of both the film and television nominees. Enjoy!!!

Best Performance by a Cast Ensemble in a Motion Picture

  • Beasts of No Nation
  • The Big Short
  • Spotlight
  • Straight Outta Compton
  • Trumbo

Best Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role

  • Bryan Cranston – Trumbo
  • Johnny Depp – Black Mass
  • Leonardo DiCaprio – The Revenant
  • Michael Fassbender – Steve Jobs
  • Eddie Redmayne – The Danish Girl

Best Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role

  • Cate Blanchett – Carol
  • Brie Larson – Room
  • Helen Mirren – Woman in Gold
  • Soairse Ronan – Brooklyn
  • Sarah Silverman – I Smile Back

Best Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role

  • Christian Bale – The Big Short
  • Idris Elba – Beasts of No Nation
  • Mark Rylance – Bridge of Spies
  • Michael Shannon – 99 Homes
  • Jacob Tremblay – Room

Best Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role

  • Rooney Mara – Carol
  • Rachel McAdams – Spotlight
  • Helen Mirren – Trumbo
  • Alicia Vikander – The Danish Girl
  • Kate Winslet – Steve Jobs

Best Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series

  • Downton Abbey
  • Game of Thrones
  • Homeland
  • House of Cards
  • Mad Men

Best Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series

  • Peter Dinklage – Game of Thrones
  • Jon Hamm – Mad Men
  • Rami Malek – Mr. Robot
  • Bob Odenkirk – Better Call Saul
  • Kevin Spacey – House of Cards

Best Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series

  • Claire Danes – Homeland
  • Viola Davis – How to Get Away with Murder
  • Julianna Marguilles – The Good Wife
  • Maggie Smith – Downton Abbey
  • Robin Wright – House of Cards

Best Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series

  • The Big Bang Theory
  • Key and Peele
  • Modern Family
  • Orange is the New Black
  • Transparent
  • Veep

Best Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series

  • Ty Burrell – Modern Family
  • Louis CK – Louie
  • William H. Macy – Shameless
  • Jim Parsons – The Big Bang Theory
  • Jeffrey Tambor – Transparent

Best Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series

  • Uzo Aduba – Orange is the New Black
  • Edie Falco – Nurse Jackie
  • Ellie Kemper – Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
  • Julia Louis-Dreyfus – Veep
  • Amy Poehler – Parks and Recreation

Best Performance by a Male Actor in a TV Movie or Mini-Series

  • Idris Elba – Luther
  • Ben Kingsley – Tut
  • Ray Liotta – Texas Rising
  • Bill Murray – A Very Murray Christmas
  • Mark Rylance – Wolf Hall

Best Performance by a Female Actor in a TV Movie or Mini-Series

  • Nicole Kidman – Grace of Monaco
  • Queen Latifah – Bessie
  • Christina Ricci – The Lizzie Borden Chronicles
  • Susan Sarandon – The Secret Life Marilyn Monroe
  • Kristen Wiig – The Spoils of Babylon

Best Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Motion Picture

  • Everest
  • Furious 7
  • Jurassic World
  • Mad Max: Fury Road
  • Mission Impossible – Rogue Nation

Best Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Comedy or Drama Series

  • Blacklist
  • Game of Thrones
  • Homeland
  • Marvel’s Daredevil
  • The Walking Dead
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