The Nominations For The 22nd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards

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The Nominations For The 22nd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards

The nominations for the 22nd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards have just been announced and there were even more surprises to be had than usual, starting off with the fact that Trumbo ended up leading the nominations with three. The great biopic was not expected to make a showing at all, and yet it has managed to get nods for Best Cast, Best Actor (Bryan Cranston), and Best Supporting Actress (Helen Mirren).

But that’s not all. There were a number of surprise nominations including Helen Mirren grabbing a second nomination for Woman in Gold and Sarah Silverman for I Smile Back in the Best Actress category, as well as Christian Bale for The Big Short, Michael Shannon for 99 Homes, and young Jacob Tremblay in Room in the Best Supporting Actor category. There’s also the surprise of Spotlight failing to nab a nomination for Best Supporting Actor for either Mark Ruffalo or Michael Keaton, and instead receiving an unexpected nod for Rachel McAdams for Best Supporting Actress.

Most shocking of all are the nominees for Best Cast of a Motion Picture, only one of which was expected to be there. Spotlight took its expected place, but it’s joined by unlikely candidates like Beasts of No Nation and Straight Outta Compton, the latter being the only nominee in this category not to get any additional nominations.

The biggest snub here is that they failed to nominate Steve Jobs, which is easily the best cast I saw all year, and yet, the film received two individual nominations for Michael Fassbender and Kate Winslet. The guild obviously liked the movie, so how did it not beat out others like Straight Outta Compton that didn’t even get one additional nomination? Very peculiar indeed.

With other major snubs for the top category including Carol, The Martian, The Hateful Eight, and Room, it doesn’t seem like there’s going to be much in the way of competition for Spotlight, who was expected to be the winner even before the nominees were announced, though I’ll still hold on to a little hope that Trumbo might be able to snag the win thanks to all of its unexpected nominations.

As you all probably know, historically, the eventual Oscar winner for Best Picture is among these five nominees, and since only one of these is likely to get a Best Picture nom, it would seem to be all wrapped up for Spotlight even before the race has really taken off. However, you never really know with these things. Perhaps this will be the first time since Braveheart that the Academy breaks this long-standing tradition, though with the way the race has been shaping up so far, it doesn’t seem particularly likely.

Coming up tomorrow morning, we have the Hollywood Foreign Press Association announcing their nominees for the Golden Globes, so be sure to join us then to see what surprises await. In the meantime, you can find a complete list of today’s nominees (including television) below:

Best Performance by a Cast 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
  • Saoirse 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 of 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”