Early this morning, the 22nd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards were announced. The yearly SAG Awards honor the best in motion picture and television for the prior calendar year. The nominations were announced by actress Anna Faris ("Mom") and Anthony Mackie ("Captain America") at the Pacific Design Center's Silver Screen Theatre in West Hollywood, California, on Wednesday, December 9, 2015. Leading the nominations in the motion picture category was the biopic of blacklisted writer "Trumbo," and three television series tied for the top of the TV nominations, which are "Homeland," "Game of Thrones," and "House of Cards," all receiving three nominations. The 22nd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards ceremony will be television live on Saturday, January 30, 2016 on the TV networks TNT and TBS.
"Trumbo" topped the film category with three nominations, earning nominations for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture, Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role for Bryan Cranston and Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role for Helen Mirren.
Surprisingly, the Netflix original motion picture "Beasts of No Nations" receive a nomination for best cast and a nomination for Best Supporting Actor to Idris Alba.
Another wild surprise was the nomination for "Straight Outta Compton," for best cast. Universal pictures has been promoting the film quite a bit and it appears their work has paid off. But with no other nominations, its doubtful that the film about rap music will win in this category.
The nominations of "Spotlight" and "The Big Short" for best casts were not surprising at all. But the most glaring snub the lack of any nominations for the film "Mad Max: Fury Road," which was named best film by the National Board of Review.
The nominations for best male actor was a fairly predictable lot of five actors. Johnny Depp received his SAG nomination for his performance as mobster Whitey Bulger in "Black Mass." This is Depp's fifth SAG nomination. The actor won in this category in 2004 for his performance in “Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl.”
Bryan Cranston received his SAG nomination for his performance in the biopic about screenwriter Dalton Trumbo in "Trumbo." Cranston has won four SAG Awards, three of which he won for his incredible performance in the AMC television series "Breaking Bad," and one SAG Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in the motion picture "Agro," in 2013.
Michael Fassbender was also nominated for a performance in a biopic, his performance as Steve Jobs in the film "Steve Jobs." This brings his total number of SAG nominations to four. Fassbender won previously for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture for "Inglorious Bastards," in 2010.
Last year's winner in this category, Eddie Redmayne was nominated for his performance in the transgender, period film "The Danish Girl." This is Redmayne's second nomination throughout his career.
Actor Leonardo DiCaprio was nominated for his biting performance in Alejandro González Iñárritu's "The Revenant." This marks DiCaprio's ninth nomination. DiCaprio has been eager to take home a SAG Award and so far as gone home without one. But this is DiCaprio's year. He is definitely the front-runner to win the trifecta of movie awards: The Screen Actors Guild Award, The Golden Globe Award and an Oscar.
The female actors was a little bit surprising in its results. Happily Helen Mirren's performance in "Woman in Gold," was not overlooked. The film was released last spring and many award watchers have been worried that her glorious performance may be forgotten. Along with her nomination for Best Supporting Actress, this marks Mirren's 13th SAG nomination throughout her career. She has won five SAG Awards.
Also surprising is the nomination for Sarah Silverman in the little seen film "I Smile Back." In this film Silverman plays a mother and wife with bio-polar disease and battling addiction. This is Silverman's first SAG nomination.
There was no surprise that Cate Blanchett received a nomination for her performance in the highly acclaimed Todd Haynes film "Carol." This is Blanchett's 14th SAG nomination throughout her career. She has won three SAG Awards, which include a win just two years ago for her performance in Woody Allen's "Blue Jasmine."
Brie Larson, who has been getting the most attention prior to the kick-off of award season, was nominated for her emotional performance in "Room." Larson has been receiving a lot of attention as a star on the rise and this marks her first SAG nomination.
Another wonderful surprise is the nomination for Saoirse Ronan who just steals hearts as an Irish immigrant in "Brooklyn." It's somewhat unusual for a such a personal character portrait to receive such award-worthy attention, but the film is definitely due the attention, as well as Saoirse who is in every scene of the film. This is Ronan's second SAG nomination. She was nominated as part of the cast just last year for her performance in "The Grand Budapest Hotel."
Sadly, Lily Tomlin was overlooked for her dry and witty performance in "Grandma." With honors that separate comedies from drama, perhaps the Golden Globes will not make the same mistake.
Supporting male actor nominees include Idris Elba for "Beasts of No Nation," Christian Bale for "The Big Short," Michael Shannon for "99 Homes," Mark Rylance for "Bridge of Spies," and Jacob Tremblay for "Room."
Female actors nominated for the supporting category in a motion picture include Rachel McAdams for "Spotlight," Rooney Mara for "Carol," Alicia Vikander for "The Danish Girl," Helen Mirren for "Trumbo," and Kate Winslet for "Steve Jobbs."
THEATRICAL MOTION PICTURES
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role BRYAN CRANSTON / Dalton Trumbo – “TRUMBO” (Bleecker Street) JOHNNY DEPP / James "Whitey" Bulger – “BLACK MASS” (Warner Bros. Pictures) LEONARDO DiCAPRIO / Hugh Glass – “THE REVENANT” (20th Century Fox) MICHAEL FASSBENDER / Steve Jobs – “STEVE JOBS” (Universal Pictures) EDDIE REDMAYNE / Einar Wegener/Lili Elbe – “THE DANISH GIRL” (Focus Features)
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role CATE BLANCHETT / Carol Aird – “CAROL” (The Weinstein Company) BRIE LARSON / Ma – “ROOM” (A24) HELEN MIRREN / Maria Altmann – “WOMAN IN GOLD” (The Weinstein Company) SAOIRSE RONAN / Eilis – “BROOKLYN” (Fox Searchlight Pictures) SARAH SILVERMAN / Laney Brooks – “I SMILE BACK” (Broad Green Pictures)
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role CHRISTIAN BALE / Michael Burry – “THE BIG SHORT” (Paramount Pictures) IDRIS ELBA / Commandant – “BEASTS OF NO NATION” (Netflix) MARK RYLANCE / Abel Rudolph – “BRIDGE OF SPIES” (DreamWorks) MICHAEL SHANNON / Rick Carver – “99 HOMES” (Broad Green Pictures) JACOB TREMBLAY / Jack – “ROOM” (A24)
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role ROONEY MARA / Therese Belivet – “CAROL” (The Weinstein Company) RACHEL McADAMS / Sacha Pfeiffer – “SPOTLIGHT” (Open Road Films) HELEN MIRREN / Hedda Hopper – “TRUMBO” (Bleecker Street) ALICIA VIKANDER / Gerda Wegener – “THE DANISH GIRL” (Focus Features) KATE WINSLET / Joanna Hoffman – “STEVE JOBS” (Universal Pictures)
Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
"BEASTS OF NO NATION" (Netflix) ABRAHAM ATTAH / Agu KURT EGYIAWAN / 2nd I-C IDRIS ELBA / Commandant
"THE BIG SHORT" (Paramount Pictures) CHRISTIAN BALE / Michael Burry STEVE CARELL / Mark Baum RYAN GOSLING / Jared Vennett MELISSA LEO / Georgia Hale HAMISH LINKLATER / Porter Collins JOHN MAGARO / Charlie Geller BRAD PITT / Ben Rickert RAFE SPALL / Danny Moses JEREMY STRONG / Vinny Peters MARISA TOMEI / Cynthia Baum FINN WITTROCK / Jamie Shipley
"SPOTLIGHT" (Open Road Films) BILLY CRUDUP / Eric MacLeish BRIAN D'ARCY JAMES / Matty Carroll MICHAEL KEATON / Walter "Robby" Robinson RACHEL McADAMS / Sacha Pfeiffer MARK RUFFALO / Michael Rezendes LIEV SCHREIBER / Marty Baron JOHN SLATTERY / Ben Bradlee, Jr. STANLEY TUCCI / Mitchell Garabedian
"STRAIGHT OUTTA COMPTON" (Universal Pictures) NEIL BROWN JR. / DJ Yella PAUL GIAMATTI / Jerry Heller COREY HAWKINS / Dr. Dre ALDIS HODGE / MC Ren O'SHEA JACKSON JR. / Ice Cube JASON MITCHELL / Eazy-E
"TRUMBO" (Bleecker Street) ADEWALE AKINNUOYE-AGBAJE / Virgil Brooks LOUIS C.K. / Arlen Hird BRYAN CRANSTON / Dalton Trumbo DAVID JAMES ELLIOTT / John Wayne ELLE FANNING / Niki Trumbo JOHN GOODMAN / Frank King DIANE LANE / Cleo Trumbo HELEN MIRREN / Hedda Hopper MICHAEL STUHLBARG / Edward G. Robinson ALAN TUDYK / Ian McLellan Hunter
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries IDRIS ELBA / DCI John Luther – “LUTHER” (BBC America) BEN KINGSLEY / Grand Vizier Ay – “TUT” (Spike) RAY LIOTTA / Lorca/Tom Mitchell – “TEXAS RISING” (History) BILL MURRAY / Himself – “A VERY MURRAY CHRISTMAS” (Netflix) MARK RYLANCE / Thomas Cromwell – “WOLF HALL” (Masterpiece/PBS)
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries NICOLE KIDMAN / Grace – “GRACE OF MONACO” (Lifetime) QUEEN LATIFAH / Bessie Smith – “BESSIE” (HBO) CHRISTINA RICCI / Lizzie Borden – “THE LIZZIE BORDEN CHRONICLES” (Lifetime) SUSAN SARANDON / Gladys Mortenson – “THE SECRET LIFE OF MARILYN MONROE” (Lifetime) KRISTEN WIIG / Delores DeWinter – “THE SPOILS BEFORE DYING” (IFC)
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series PETER DINKLAGE / Tyrion Lannister – “GAME OF THRONES” (HBO) JON HAMM / Don Draper – “MAD MEN” (AMC) RAMI MALEK / Elliot – “MR. ROBOT” (USA Network) BOB ODENKIRK / Jimmy McGill – “BETTER CALL SAUL” (AMC) KEVIN SPACEY / Francis Underwood – “HOUSE OF CARDS” (Netflix)
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series CLAIRE DANES / Carrie Mathison – “HOMELAND” (Showtime) VIOLA DAVIS / Annalise Keating – “HOW TO GET AWAY WITH MURDER” (ABC) JULIANNA MARGULIES / Alicia Florrick – “THE GOOD WIFE” (CBS) MAGGIE SMITH / Violet Crawley, Dowager Countess of Grantham –
“DOWNTON ABBEY” (Masterpiece/PBS) ROBIN WRIGHT / Claire Underwood – “HOUSE OF CARDS” (Netflix)
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series TY BURRELL / Phil Dunphy – “MODERN FAMILY” (ABC) LOUIS C.K. / Louie – “LOUIE” (FX Networks) WILLIAM H. MACY / Frank – “SHAMELESS” (Showtime) JIM PARSONS / Sheldon Cooper – “THE BIG BANG THEORY” (CBS) JEFFREY TAMBOR / Maura Pfefferman – “TRANSPARENT” (Amazon)
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series UZO ADUBA / Suzanne "Crazy Eyes" Warren – “ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK” (Netflix) EDIE FALCO / Jackie Peyton – “NURSE JACKIE” (Showtime) ELLIE KEMPER / Kimmy Schmidt – “UNBREAKABLE KIMMY SCHMIDT” (Netflix) JULIA LOUIS-DREYFUS / President Selina Meyer – “VEEP” (HBO) AMY POEHLER / Leslie Knope – “PARKS AND RECREATION” (NBC)
Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series
"DOWNTON ABBEY" (Masterpiece/PBS) HUGH BONNEVILLE / Robert, Earl of Grantham LAURA CARMICHAEL / Lady Edith Crawley JIM CARTER / Mr. Carson RAQUEL CASSIDY / Baxter BRENDAN COYLE / Mr. Bates TOM CULLEN / Anthony Gillingham MICHELLE DOCKERY / Lady Mary Crawley KEVIN DOYLE / Mr. Molesley JOANNE FROGGATT / Anna Bates LILY JAMES / Lady Rose ROBERT JAMES-COLLIER / Thomas Barrow ALLEN LEECH / Tom Branson PHYLLIS LOGAN / Mrs. Hughes ELIZABETH McGOVERN / Cora, Countess of Grantham SOPHIE McSHERA / Daisy LESLEY NICOL / Mrs. Patmore JULIAN OVENDEN / Charles Blake DAVID ROBB / Dr. Clarkson MAGGIE SMITH / Violet, Dowager Countess of Grantham PENELOPE WILTON / Isobel Crawley
"GAME OF THRONES" (HBO) ALFIE ALLEN / Theon Greyjoy IAN BEATTIE / Ser Meryn Trant JOHN BRADLEY / Samwell Tarly GWENDOLINE CHRISTIE / Brienne of Tarth EMILIA CLARKE / Daenerys Targaryen MICHAEL CONDRON / Bowen Marsh NIKOLAJ COSTER-WALDAU / Jaime Lannister BEN CROMPTON / Dolorous Edd LIAM CUNNINGHAM / Ser Davos Seaworth STEPHEN DILLANE / Stannis Baratheon PETER DINKLAGE / Tyrion Lannister NATHALIE EMMANUEL / Missandei TARA FITZGERALD / Selyse Baratheon JEROME FLYNN / Bronn BRIAN FORTUNE / Othell Yarwyck JOEL FRY / Hizdahr Zo Loraq AIDAN GILLEN / Littlefinger Petyr Baelish IAIN GLEN / Ser Jorah Mormont KIT HARINGTON / Jon Snow LENA HEADEY / Cersei Lannister MICHIEL HUISMAN / Daario Naharis HANNAH MURRAY / Gilly BRENOCK O’CONNOR / Olly DANIEL PORTMAN / Podrick Payne IWAN RHEON / Ramsay Snow OWEN TEALE / Ser Alliser Thorne SOPHIE TURNER / Sansa Stark CARICE VAN HOUTEN / Melisandre MAISIE WILLIAMS / Arya Stark TOM WLASCHIHA / Jaqen H'ghar
"HOMELAND" (Showtime) F. MURRAY ABRAHAM / Dar Adal ATHEER ADEL / Numan CLAIRE DANES / Carrie Mathison ALEXANDER FEHLING / Jonas Hollander RUPERT FRIEND / Peter Quinn NINA HOSS / Astrid RENÉ DAVID IFRAH / Bibi MARK IVANIR / Ivan Krupin SEBASTIAN KOCH / Otto Dűring MIRANDA OTTO / Allison Carr MANDY PATINKIN / Saul Berenson SARAH SOKOLOVIC / Laura Sutton
"HOUSE OF CARDS" (Netflix) MAHERSHALA ALI / Remy Danton DEREK CECIL / Seth Grayson NATHAN DARROW / Edward Meechum MICHAEL KELLY / Doug Stamper ELIZABETH MARVEL / Heather Dunbar MOLLY PARKER / Jackie Sharp JIMMI SIMPSON / Gavin Orsay KEVIN SPACEY / Francis Underwood ROBIN WRIGHT / Claire Underwood
"MAD MEN" (AMC) SOLA BAMIS / Shirley STEPHANIE DRAKE / Meredith JAY R. FERGUSON / Stan Rizzo BRUCE GREENWOOD / Richard Burghoff JON HAMM / Don Draper CHRISTINA HENDRICKS / Joan Harris JANUARY JONES / Betty Francis VINCENT KARTHEISER / Pete Campbell ELISABETH MOSS / Peggy Olson KEVIN RAHM / Ted Chaough KIERNAN SHIPKA / Sally Draper JOHN SLATTERY / Roger Sterling RICH SOMMER / Harry Crane AARON STATON / Ken Cosgrove MASON VALE COTTON / Bobby Draper
Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series
"THE BIG BANG THEORY" (CBS) MAYIM BIALIK / Amy Farrah Fowler KALEY CUOCO / Penny JOHNNY GALECKI / Leonard Hofstadter SIMON HELBERG / Howard Wolowitz KUNAL NAYYAR / Rajesh Koothrappali JIM PARSONS / Sheldon Cooper MELISSA RAUCH / Bernadette Rostenkowski-Wolowitz
"KEY & PEELE" (Comedy Central) KEEGAN-MICHAEL KEY / Various Characters JORDAN PEELE / Various Characters
"MODERN FAMILY" (ABC) JULIE BOWEN / Claire Dunphy TY BURRELL / Phil Dunphy AUBREY ANDERSON EMMONS / Lily Tucker-Pritchett JESSE TYLER FERGUSON / Mitchell Pritchett NOLAN GOULD / Luke Dunphy SARAH HYLAND / Haley Dunphy ED O’NEILL / Jay Pritchett RICO RODRIGUEZ / Manny Delgado ERIC STONESTREET / Cameron Tucker SOFIA VERGARA / Gloria Delgado-Pritchett ARIEL WINTER / Alex Dunphy
"ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK" (Netflix) UZO ADUBA / Suzanne "Crazy Eyes" Warren MIKE BIRBIGLIA / Danny Pearson MARSHA STEPHANIE BLAKE / Berdie Rogers DANIELLE BROOKS / Tasha "Taystee" Jefferson LAVERNE COX / Sophia Burset JACKIE CRUZ / Marisol "Flaca" Gonzales CATHERINE CURTIN / Wanda Bell LEA DELARIA / Carrie "Big Boo" Black BETH FOWLER / Sister Jane Ingalls JOEL MARSH GARLAND / Scott O'Neill KIMIKO GLENN / Brook Soso ANNIE GOLDEN / Norma Romano DIANE GUERRERO / Maritza Ramos MICHAEL J. HARNEY / Sam Healy VICKY JEUDY / Janae Watson SELENIS LEYVA / Gloria Mendoza TARYN MANNING / Tiffany "Pennsatucky" Doggett ADRIENNE C. MOORE / Black Cindy KATE MULGREW / Galina "Red" Reznikov EMMA MYLES / Leanne Taylor MATT PETERS / Joel Luschek LORI PETTY / Lolly Whitehill JESSICA PIMENTEL / Maria Ruiz DASCHA POLANCO / Dayanara Diaz LAURA PREPON / Alex Vause ELIZABETH RODRIGUEZ / Aleida Diaz RUBY ROSE / Stella Carlin NICK SANDOW / Joe Caputo ABIGAIL SAVAGE / Gina TAYLOR SCHILLING / Piper Chapman CONSTANCE SHULMAN / Yoga Jones DALE SOULES / Frieda YAEL STONE / Lorna Morello SAMIRA WILEY / Poussey Washington
"TRANSPARENT" (Amazon) ALEXANDRA BILLINGS / Davina Rejennae CARRIE BROWNSTEIN / Syd Feldman JAY DUPLASS / Josh Pfefferman KATHRYN HAHN / Raquel Fein GABY HOFFMANN / Ali Pfefferman CHERRY JONES / Leslie Mackinaw AMY LANDECKER / Sarah Pfefferman JUDITH LIGHT / Shelly Pfefferman HARI NEF / Gittel/Gerson EMILY ROBINSON / Rose Boymelgreen JEFFREY TAMBOR / Maura Pfefferman
"VEEP" (HBO) DIEDRICH BADER / Bill Ericsson SUFE BRADSHAW / Sue Wilson ANNA CHLUMSKY / Amy Brookheimer GARY COLE / Kent Davidson KEVIN DUNN / Ben Cafferty TONY HALE / Gary Walsh HUGH LAURIE / Tom James PHIL REEVES / Doyle SAM RICHARDSON / Richard REID SCOTT / Dan Egan TIMOTHY SIMONS / Jonah Ryan SARAH SUTHERLAND / Catherine MATT WALSH / Mike McLintock
SAG AWARDS® HONORS FOR STUNT ENSEMBLES
Outstanding Action Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Motion Picture “EVEREST” (Universal Pictures) “FURIOUS 7” (Universal Pictures) “JURASSIC WORLD” (Universal Pictures) “MAD MAX: FURY ROAD” (Warner Bros. Pictures) “MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE – ROGUE NATION” (Paramount Pictures)
Outstanding Action Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Comedy or Drama Series “THE BLACKLIST” (NBC) “GAME OF THRONES” (HBO) “HOMELAND” (Showtime) “MARVEL'S DAREDEVIL” (Netflix) “THE WALKING DEAD” (AMC)
LIFE ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
52nd Annual SAG Life Achievement Award CAROL BURNETT