The 2016 Screen Actor’s Guild Nominations were announced this week with some interesting surprises and some stunning omissions.
The blacklist drama “Trumbo” received three nominations, a picture that has been dismissed by most Oscar experts. The movie received nominations for Best Ensemble (SAG’s rough equivalent of best picture), Best Actor (Bryan Cranston), and Best Actress (Helen Mirren).
However, “The Martian,” “The Hateful Eight,” “Joy,” “Concussion,” “Creed,” “Youth” and “45 Years” were among high-profile, Oscar-contending films entirely snubbed by SAG. “Mad Max: Fury Road” was nominated for it’s stand ensemble, yet the rest of the cast, including Charlize Theron were ignored.
The newspaper drama “Spotlight” was nominated for Best Ensemble as well as giving a nod to Rachel McAdams for Best Supporting Actress, but ignored Michael Keaton and Mark Ruffalo for Best Supporting Actor.
Among SAG’s best actor nominees, Oscar front-runner Leonardo DiCaprio (“The Revenant”) will face off against Johnny Depp (“Black Mass”), Michael Fassbender (“Steve Jobs”), Eddie Redmayne (“The Danish Girl”) and “Trumbo” star Cranston.
Big surprises were Best Actress noms for Helen Mirren for the poorly received “Women in Gold” as well as Sarah Silverman in the little seen “I Smile Back”.
The 2016 Screen Actors Guild Awards will be televised on January 30th on TBS.