SAG nominations confuse, perplex

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So. The Screen Actor’s Guild Award nominations for 2015 are out.

Takeaway one — “I Smiled Back” (the Sarah Silverman nomination) and “Beasts of No Nation” suggest that SOME folks just sorta stayed at home and watched whatever was on VOD, and then nominated it.

Seriously. These nominations, for the most part, seem…small.

“Beasts” as “best ensemble,” a supposed predictor for a Best Picture Oscar nomination? I don’t see it. Good film, solid work by Idris and the kids. But small-scale and “issues epic” don’t work here.

Plenty of “three star” movies out there in the mix that are just as good, and didn’t co-premiere on Netflix.

“The Martian,” for instance. Big Hollywood hit. Well-acted, big (at Mission Control) ensemble. Left out.

“Love & Mercy,” AWOL. “Hateful Eight” and “Joy” are utterly omitted. The reason nobody is talking about these three — well, there’s a REASON. OK?

“Straight Outta Compton?” No critics’ groups have mentioned it. “Creed” comes up before this one, a forgotten gem from August. Well-played. “Creed” is piffle. “Compton” is a top ten contender. Kudos to the SAG folks for spotting that, anyway.

Rachel McAdams wasn’t all that in “Spotlight.” Best supporting actress? It’s like they weren’t even curious enough to see the great female performances of the year.

Much love for “Room” and “The Big Short,” the expected nominations came in for “Carol” and “Brooklyn.” The expected nominations — and no more, Cate and Rooney and Saoirse. “The Danish Girl” got two acting nominations — to be expected. “Bridge of Spies” only landed one. Kind of expected. Tom Hanks has enough.

“Trumbo” got some recognition  — good to see. THIS is the Helen Mirren performance of the year, not that “Woman in Gold” pic.

Johnny Depp in “Black Mass”? Why not?

Here’s their list. SAG Awards are handed out Jan. 30.

Golden Globe nominations are tomorrow.

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

– See more at: http://www.sagaftra.org/nominations-announced-22nd-annual-screen-actors-guild-awards#sthash.EjFkvHs4.dpuf

 

 

 

 

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One Response to SAG nominations confuse, perplex

  1. Keith says:

    I think Beasts of No Nation is one of the best films of the year. Elba and Attah our superb. But best ensemble? I don’t get that at all.

    Carol scenes processed and packaged for awards season. No surprise there. And I thought The Martian was fine but it didn’t stand out to me. Spotlight is the picture I will be rooting for. I say that mainly because movies like The Revenant (A 2016 the movie paraded as a 2015 one) are beyond the reach of many of us. That always annoys me.

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