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SAG Award Nominations Are Out!

By Julie Fink
Posted On Dec 09, 2015
SAG Award Nominations Are Out!

The Screen Actors Guild announced the latest and greatest in television and film for the 22nd Annual SAG Awards. This is the only major awards show that honor only actors, and are voted on by fellow actors, SAG-AFTRA members.

Anna Faris, Anthony Mackie and SAG-AFTRA Executive Vice President Gabrielle Carteris unveiled the nominees at the Pacific Design Center in West Hollywood.

The 22nd Screen Actors Guild Awards will air on TNT/TBS on Jan. 30 at 8 p.m. EST.

Let’s start out with a few shockers, Variety reports the snubs and surprises:

SNUB: Will Smith and Jennifer Lawrence

Two of the biggest stars in the world were considered locks for their respective movies. In “Concussion,” Smith delivered one of his best performances to date as Dr. Bennet Omalu, who  discovered a link between repeated brain damage and head injuries of NFL players. And as the titular character in “Joy,” Lawrence was expected to score a nod. Yet neither made the final cut.

SURPRISE: “Straight Outta Compton”

Not a total shocker, as many expected the musical biopic of N.W.A to slip into the ensemble category. But it’s certainly impressive that the cast of mostly unknowns made it in over the starry ensembles of films like “The Hateful Eight,” “Joy,” “The Revenant” and “Steve Jobs.”

SNUB: “The Martian” and Matt Damon

A puzzling omission, since both the film’s ensemble and its leading man were considered locks for nods. Damon has been M.I.A. from the campaign circuit, filming the latest “Bourne” movie overseas, but the movie is a runway hit and he’s received endless praise for a performance that often amounts to him acting against himself. Plus, the starry ensemble includes everyone from Jessica Chastain to Jeff Daniels and Kristen Wiig.

SURPRISE: Sarah Silverman

The actress worked the circuit hard for her dramatic turn in “I Smile Back,” and made the best actress cut over such heady competition as Jennifer Lawrence, Carey Mulligan, Lily Tomlin and Charlotte Rampling.

Here are a few fun categories and their nominees:

FILM

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 Cast in a Motion Picture
BEASTS OF NO NATION (Netflix)
THE BIG SHORT (Paramount Pictures)
SPOTLIGHT (Open Road Films)
STRAIGHT OUTTA COMPTON (Universal Pictures)
TRUMBO (Bleecker Street)

TELEVISION

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 an Ensemble in a Drama Series
DOWNTON ABBEY (Masterpiece/PBS)
GAME OF THRONES (HBO)
HOMELAND (Showtime)
HOUSE OF CARDS (Netflix)
MADMEN (AMC)

Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series
THE BIG BANG THEORY (CBS)
MODERN FAMILY (ABC)
ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK (Netflix)
TRANSPARENT (Amazon)
VEEP (HBO)

See the full list of nominees for the 22nd annual SAG Awards.

Photo Credits: Splash News