The critics have been weighing in on the best of the year for a few weeks now, but it’s finally time for Hollywood itself to speak up, and out first are the Screen Actors Guild Awards. This is the largest guild and, traditionally, the first to announce their nominations, followed by voting bodies like the Producers Guild Awards and Directors Guild Awards. Together, this trio can give us a bit of a roadmap to Oscar while also providing some refreshing choices along the way, and indeed this morning SAG definitely went its own way.
The three biggest awards season contenders of 2016 are Moonlight, Manchester by the Sea, and La La Land, but in a bit of a surprise move, La La Land missed the cut on a Best Ensemble nomination at the SAG Awards. Instead, SAG voters went for Moonlight, Manchester, Fences, Hidden Figures, and the big shocker, the indie Captain Fantastic. Fences and Hidden Figures were both expected nominees due to their tremendous performances within, but Captain Fantastic has been flying a bit under the radar after its Sundance debut, picking up some passionate support here and there. But this SAG nomination should go a long way toward raising the film’s profile, and Viggo Mortensen also landed a separate Best Actor nod for his admittedly swell work in a film that I myself found kind of infuriating.
But Best Ensemble didn’t offer the only surprise, as Emily Blunt managed a Best Actress nomination for Girl on the Train, beating out folks like Ruth Negga (Loving) and Annette Bening (20th Century Women), not to mention critical darling Isabelle Huppert for Elle who has been winning Best Actress awards left and right over the past couple of weeks. And in one category that the Oscars don’t recognize but definitely should, Best Stunt Ensemble nominees include Captain America: Civil War, Doctor Strange, Hacksaw Ridge, Jason Bourne, and Nocturnal Animals.
The SAG Awards also provided another blow to Martin Scorsese’s Silence, which was shut out of the Golden Globe nominations on Monday and also came away empty handed with SAG. Andrew Garfield managed a Best Actor nomination, but for Hacksaw Ridge, not Scorsese’s meditation on faith.
So what does this mean with regards to Oscar? Not a lot. While the SAG voting body does have some overlap with the Academy, their tastes rarely line up exactly with Oscar. Last year, only two SAG Best Ensemble nominees landed Best Picture nods, The Big Short and Spotlight, so while the La La Land snub probably isn’t what Lionsgate was hoping for, there’s no reason to panic.
SAG also kept things interesting on the television side. Stranger Things standout Millie Bobby Brown scored a Best Actress nomination alongside Winona Ryder, while the show itself landed a Best Ensemble nod. In terms of snubs, Silicon Valley—fresh off a Critics Choice Awards win for Best Comedy Series—scored zero SAG nominations.
Check out the full list of 2017 SAG Awards nominees below. The ceremony will be simulcast live on TNT and TBS on January 29th at 8pm.
Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
Manchester by the Sea
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role
Casey Affleck – Manchester by the Sea
Andrew Garfield – Hacksaw Ridge
Ryan Gosling – La La Land
Viggo Mortensen – Captain Fantastic
Denzel Washington – Fences
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role
Amy Adams – Arrival
Emily Blunt – The Girl on the Train
Natalie Portman – Jackie
Emma Stone – La La Land
Meryl Streep – Florence Foster Jenkins
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role
Mahershala Ali – Moonlight
Jeff Bridges – Hell or High Water
Hugh Grant – Florence Foster Jenkins
Lucas Hedges – Manchester by the Sea
Dev Patel – Lion
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role
Viola Davis – Fences
Naomie Harris – Moonlight
Nicole Kidman – Lion
Octavia Spencer – Hidden Figures
Michelle Williams – Manchester by the Sea