a.k.a. "The Oscar Messenger"

A bunch of surprises in Santa’s bag of SAG nominations this morning! No “La La Land” ! Not completely skunked though.Ryan Gosling got nominated for Best Actor and Emma Stone for Best Actress.  Instead we see the surprise appearance of “Captain Fantastic.” Viggo Mortensen in Best Actor, likely replacing Joel Edgerton from “Loving” which did get completely left out. As did “20th Century Women” and “Silence.”captain-fantastic-1

And also “Captain Fantastic” is Best Ensemble. A nearly forgotten Indie film from the Fall, it is joined by the strong showing of late breaker “Hidden Figures” which also scored in Best Ensemble and Best Supporting Actress Octavia Spencer.

The strongest showing was made by Oscar  front-runner #2, the excellent “Manchester by the Sea” with, as expected, Casey Affleck, Best Actor, Best Supporting Actress, Michelle Williams, Best Supporting Actor Lucas Hedges and Best Ensemble. Hedges nomination, which didn’t repeat at Golden Globes puts “Manchester by the Sea” in the lead here with four nominations.manchwarwe-by-the-sea-6

Not surprisingly “Moonlight” rated Best Ensemble, Best Supporting Actress, Naomie Harris and Best Supporting Actor(and probable winner in this category) Mashershala Ali.

“Jackie” once again only had one nominee, Natalie Portman in Best Actress, and for the first time Emily Blunt pops up in Best Actress for “Girl on the Train.” And also, Meryl Streep AND Hugh Jackman, in Lead and Supporting, respectively for “Florence Foster Jenkins.”florence-foster-jenkins

“Fences” got Best Ensemble, Best Actor Denzel Washington and still staying in Supporting Viola Davis, who will probably win in this category, as she will at the Golden Globes.

With Affleck, Portman, Ali and Davis all probable wins, only the award for Best Ensemble, their award for Best Picture, really, is the only one in contention. But if I had to hazard a guess this nomination morning, I would say “Manchester by the Sea” with four nominations wins here.

 

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role
CASEY AFFLECK / Lee Chandler – “MANCHESTER BY THE SEA” (Amazon Studios and Roadside Attractions)
ANDREW GARFIELD / Desmond Doss – “HACKSAW RIDGE” (Lionsgate)
RYAN GOSLING / Sebastian –“LA LA LAND” (Lionsgate)
VIGGO MORTENSEN / Ben – “CAPTAIN FANTASTIC” (Bleecker Street)
DENZEL WASHINGTON / Troy Maxson – “FENCES” (Paramount Pictures)


Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role
AMY ADAMS / Louise Banks – “ARRIVAL” (Paramount Pictures)
EMILY BLUNT / Rachel – “THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN” (Universal Pictures)
NATALIE PORTMAN / Jackie Kennedy – “JACKIE” (Fox Searchlight Pictures)
EMMA STONE / Mia – “LA LA LAND” (Lionsgate)
MERYL STREEP / Florence Foster Jenkins – “FLORENCE FOSTER JENKINS” (Paramount Pictures)
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role
MAHERSHALA ALI / Juan – “MOONLIGHT” (A24)
JEFF BRIDGES / Marcus Hamilton – “HELL OR HIGH WATER” (CBS Films)
HUGH GRANT / St Clair Bayfield – “FLORENCE FOSTER JENKINS” (Paramount Pictures)
LUCAS HEDGES / Patrick Chandler – “MANCHESTER BY THE SEA” (Amazon Studios and Roadside Attractions)
DEV PATEL / Saroo Brierley – “LION” (The Weinstein Company)
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role
VIOLA DAVIS / Rose Maxson – “FENCES” (Paramount Pictures)
NAOMIE HARRIS / Paula – “MOONLIGHT” (A24)
NICOLE KIDMAN / Sue Brierley – “LION” (The Weinstein Company)
OCTAVIA SPENCER / Dorothy Vaughan – “HIDDEN FIGURES” (20th Century Fox)
MICHELLE WILLIAMS / Randi Chandler – “MANCHESTER BY THE SEA” (Amazon Studios and Roadside Attractions)

Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
CAPTAIN FANTASTIC (Bleecker Street)

ANNALISE BASSO / Vespyr
SHREE CROOKS / Zaja
ANN DOWD / Abigail
KATHRYN HAHN / Harper
NICHOLAS HAMILTON / Rellian
SAMANTHA ISLER / Kielyr
FRANK LANGELLA / Jack
GEORGE MacKAY / Bo
ERIN MORIARTY / Claire
VIGGO MORTENSEN / Ben
MISSI PYLE / Ellen
CHARLIE SHOTWELL / Nai
STEVE ZAHN / Dave

FENCES (Paramount Pictures)
JOVAN ADEPO / Cory
VIOLA DAVIS / Rose Maxson
STEPHEN McKINLEY HENDERSON / Jim Bono
RUSSELL HORNSBY / Lyons
SANIYYA SIDNEY / Raynell
DENZEL WASHINGTON / Troy Maxson
MYKELTI WILLIAMSON / Gabriel

HIDDEN FIGURES (20th Century Fox)
MAHERSHALA ALI / Col. Jim Johnson
KEVIN COSTNER / Al Harrison
KIRSTEN DUNST / Vivian Mitchell
TARAJI P. HENSON / Katherine G. Johnson
ALDIS HODGE / Levi Jackson
JANELLE MONÁE / Mary Jackson
JIM PARSONS / Paul Stafford
GLEN POWELL / John Glenn
OCTAVIA SPENCER / Dorothy Vaughan

MANCHESTER BY THE SEA (Amazon Studios and Roadside Attractions)
CASEY AFFLECK / Lee Chandler
MATTHEW BRODERICK / Jeffrey
KYLE CHANDLER / Joe Chandler
LUCAS HEDGES / Patrick Chandler
GRETCHEN MOL / Elise
MICHELLE WILLIAMS / Randi Chandler

MOONLIGHT (A24)
MAHERSHALA ALI / Juan
NAOMIE HARRIS / Paula
ANDRÉ HOLLAND / Kevin
JHARREL JEROME / Kevin (16)
JANELLE MONÁE / Teresa
TREVANTE RHODES / Black
ASHTON SANDERS / Chiron

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