SAG Awards Nominations Surprise with ‘The Big Short’, ‘Straight Outta Compton’

     December 9, 2015


The nominations for the 2016 Screen Actors Guild Awards have been announced, and there are an equal amount of surprises and snubs to pore over. While last week launched the awards season’s first critics group awards, this list of nominees marks the first time we’re seeing something from a voting body that has actual overlap with the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences, so in terms of Oscar this is a tad more meaningful. However, it’s also important to note that SAG has fairly early voting deadlines, which could account for the total shutout of The Hateful Eight and Joy and the relatively weak showing of The Revenant.

But how about those nominees, huh? Alongside expected nominee Spotlight, the Best Ensemble category is full of four semi-surprises with Straight Outta Compton, Beasts of No Nation, The Big Short, and Trumbo, the latter of which somewhat shockingly landed three nominations in total despite mixed/tepid critical response. That’s even more surprising when factoring in that awards favorite The Martian was completely shut out of the SAG Awards.


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The individual acting categories has some eccentricities as well. Sarah Silverman landed a Best Actress nod for I Smile Back, as did Helen Mirren for The Woman in Gold. Christian Bale managed a Best Supporting Actor nod for The Big Short, and Rachel McAdams nabbed Spotlight’s only individual acting nomination despite a wealth of incredible performances to choose from.

The surprise I’m most happy about? Michael Shannon getting recognition for his fantastic turn in 99 Homes. All in all, though, these SAG nominations do little to clarify the Oscar race ahead, which is actually kinda fun. For all intents and purposes, the race to Oscar remains pretty open. That being said, the SAG winner for Best Ensemble has at least landed a Best Picture nomination since 1997, so at least one of these five nominees is securing a Best Pic nod.

As for the TV side of things, a tie resulted in six nominees for Best Ensemble in a Comedy Series, with Key & Peele landing a nod, while Rami Malek got a Best Actor nomination for his stunning work on this year’s breakout hit Mr. Robot.

Check out the full list of film and TV nominees for the 22nd Screen Actors Guild Awards below. The ceremony will be telecast live on January 30th.


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Best Ensemble (Motion Picture)
“Beasts of No Nation”
“The Big Short”
“Straight Outta Compton”

Best Actor (Motion Picture)
Bryan Cranston, “Trumbo”
Johnny Depp, “Black Mass”
Leonardo DiCaprio, “The Revenant”
Michael Fassbender, “Steve Jobs
Eddie Redmayne, “The Danish Girl”

Best Actress (Motion Picture)
Cate Blanchett, “Carol”
Brie Larson, “Room”
Helen Mirren, “Woman in Gold”
Saoirse Ronan, “Brooklyn”
Sarah Silverman, “I Smile Back”


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Best Supporting Actor (Motion Picture)
Christian Bale, “The Big Short”
Idris Elba, “Beasts of No Nation”
Mark Rylance, “Bridge of Spies”
Michael Shannon, “99 Homes”
Jacob Tremblay, “Room”

Best Supporting Actress (Motion Picture)
Rooney Mara, “Carol”
Rachel McAdams, “Spotlight”
Helen Mirren, “Trumbo”
Alicia Vikander, “The Danish Girl”
Kate Winslet, “Steve Jobs”

Best Ensemble (Drama Series)
“Downton Abbey”
“Game of Thrones”
“House of Cards”
“Mad Men”


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Best Ensemble (Comedy Series)
“The Big Bang Theory”
“Key & Peele”
“Modern Family”
“Orange Is the New Black”

Best Actor (Drama Series)
Peter Dinklage, “Game of Thrones”
Jon Hamm, “Mad Men”
Rami Malek, “Mr. Robot”
Bob Odenkirk, “Better Call Saul”
Kevin Spacey, “House of Cards”

Best Actress (Drama Series)
Claire Danes, “Homeland”
Viola Davis, “How to Get Away with Murder”
Julianna Marguiles, “The Good Wife”
Maggie Smith, “Downton Abbey”
Robin Wright, “House of Cards”

Best Actor (Comedy Series)
Ty Burrell, “Modern Family”
Louis C.K., “Louie”
William H. Macy, “Shameless”
Jim Parsons, “The Big Bang Theory
Jeffrey Tambor, “Transparent”


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Best Actress (Comedy Series)
Uzo Aduba, “Orange Is the New Black”
Edie Falco, “Nurse Jackie”
Ellie Kemper, “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt”
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, “Veep”
Amy Poehler, “Parks and Recreation”

Best Actor (Miniseries/TV Movie)
Idris Elba, “Luther”
Ben Kingsley, “Tut”
Ray Liotta, “Texas Rising”
Bill Murray, “A Very Murray Christmas”
Mark Rylance, “Wolf Hall”

Best Actress (Miniseries/TV Movie)
Nicole Kidman, “Grace of Monaco”
Queen Latifah, “Bessie”
Christina Ricci, “The Lizzie Borden Chronicles”
Susan Sarandon, “The Secret Life of Marilyn Monroe”
Kristen Wiig, “The Spoils Before Dying”

Best Stunt Ensemble (Motion Picture)
“Furious 7”
“Jurassic World”
“Mad Max: Fury Road”
“Mission: Impossible — Rogue Nation”

Stunt Ensemble (Comedy or Drama Series)
“The Blacklist”
“Game of Thrones”
“Marvel’s Daredevil”
“The Walking Dead”


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