The SAG nominations were just announced this morning and lo and behold, the BARELY noticed “Trumbo” got the most nods! Best Ensemble(their version of Best Picture), Best Actor, Bryan Cranston, and Best Supporting Actress Helen Mirren, which I did predict, for her portrayal of the bitchy, red-baiting columnist Hedda Hopper.
And I’m happy to note that the wonderful Eddie Redmayne got nominated for Best Actor for the brilliant “The Danish Girl.”
Alicia Vikander got nominated for Best Supporting Actress for her incredible turn as his conflicted wife. And I’m happy to not that the drippy, dippy Paul Dano for “Love and Mercy” did NOT get nominated, though Jacob Tremblay, the amazing six year old boy from “Room” did. For Best Supporting Actor. Of course, the stupendous Brie Larson got nominated for Best Actress for “Room.”
The Screen Actors Guild is very important because there is a overlap with the Academy. But there is a caveat. Not every one on the Nominating Committee, which is chosen from their large membership totally by random lottery, is a voting member of the Academy’s Actors Branch. Got it? It’s a little confusing. So there is SOME overlap, but not all that great. You do not have to be in the Screen Actor’s Guild to be an Academy Member, though most would wish to be. Some are for instance, British. There’s a large British Voting Bloc in the Academy, but not necessarily in the mostly American Screen Actor’s Guild.
But they are the first INDUSTRY group,take note, NOT PRESS, who so far have voted on all the critics groups that have announced so far.
“Trumbo” was mentioned nowhere, until now, so now it has to be taken VERY seriously.
And Helen Mirren had a banner day, being nominated as Lead Actress for “Lady in Gold” ANOTHER surprise, as well, of course for the aforementioned Best Supporting Actress. These two nods may mean she will probably be nominated in the less competitive Best Supporting Actress category come Oscar time.
Another anomaly is that late-breaking “Joy” and “The Hateful Eight” did not get any nominations. Screeners and screenings were late. But that may change tomorrow when the Golden Globes announce their nominations.
And the Golden Globes are PRESS, the Hollywood Foreign Press to be exact.
Below is the list of the complete nominations.
SCREEN ACTORS GUILD AWARD NOMINATIONS
Best Film Ensemble
“The Big Short”
Best Film Actor
Johnny Depp “Black Mass”
Leonardo DiCaprio “The Revenant”
Eddie Redmayne “The Danish Girl”
Best Film Actress
Brie Larson “Room”
Saoirse Ronan “Brooklyn”
Sarah Silverman “I Smile Back”
Best Film Supporting Actor
Idris Elba “Beasts of No Nation”
Jacob Tremblay “Room”
Best Film Supporting Actress
Rooney Mara “Carol”