The Oscar Race just got more confusing, and intriguing.
Trumbo, the true story satire about a Hollywood screenwriter from the Blacklist era, hadn’t made a blip in the early critics group lists. Yet today, it made the biggest splash when The Screen Actors Guild announced the nominees for their 22nd Annual Awards with 3 Nominations out of 5 Film Categories.
Beasts Of No Nation also received a boost. Not only was Idris Elba nominated for Supporting Actor, but the film’s ensemble received a surprise nomination for the top award, Best Cast.
Meanwhile, Spotlight and Steve Jobs – once assumed to be big SAG contenders with their impressive all-star casts – had a mixed morning. Spotlight, the early critics group favorite, received nods for Best Cast and Supporting Actress (Rachel McAdams), but their men were shut out in the Male Acting categories. Conversely, Steve Jobs received nominations for Best Actor (Michael Fassbender) and Supporting Actress (Kate Winselt) but was denied Best Cast (once considered a shoe-in).
The biggest snub? Probably the shutout of The Martian, the popular and critically-acclaimed fall blockbuster. The absence of Matt Damon in the Actor race is the most glaring, but so is being MIA in the Cast category. And given that the acting branch is by far the biggest in the Academy, this is a particularly bad omen for The Martian’s Oscar hopes.
Also a big surprise: no Supporting Actor nomination for Sylvester Stallone in Creed. My hunch, though, is that the Academy won’t be able to resist giving him an Oscar nod (nor should they).
Whether Trumbo can turn SAG love into broader awards contention remains to be seen, but suffice it to say just when we thought Spotlight was gaining steam as the clear front-runner, the Screen Actors Guild injected a new dose of suspense into the Awards Season.
Below are the full list of film nominees for the 22nd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards. The gala ceremony will name the winners (which will also include Television categories that you can find by clicking here) on January 30, live on TNT and TBS. Carol Burnett has been tapped to receive the guild’s Lifetime Achievement Award.
Outstanding 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
Outstanding 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
Outstanding 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
Outstanding 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
Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
– Beasts Of No Nation
– The Big Short
– Straight Outta Compton