SAG nominations announced; The Martian, Jennifer Lawrence snubbed

  • Reuters
  • Updated: Dec 10, 2015 16:17 IST
Jennifer Lawrence was snubbed at the SAG Awards.

The Screen Actors Guild (SAG) nominations were announced on Wednesday with Trumbo starring Bryan Cranston leading the pack, hinting at possible Oscar contenders. Front-runners like Matt Damon’s The Martian and David O Russell’s Joy were snubbed.

Trumbo, about a group of screenwriters and directors shunned for their associations to the Communist Party, earned three nominations, including the guild’s top prize for best ensemble cast.

Other nominees for best ensemble include Netflix African war drama Beasts of No Nation, Wall Street comedy The Big Short, Catholic Church abuse probe Spotlight and rap movie Straight Outta Compton.

This photo provided by Focus Features shows, Eddie Redmayne as Einar Wegener, in Tom Hooper’s The Danish Girl. (AP)

Adam McKay, director of The Big Short said he was impressed by the range of topics covered by the nominations.

“You’re talking about the advent of hip hop, child soldiers, the sex scandal in Catholic church and malfeasance in Wall Street - I’m pretty proud of that for Hollywood,” he told Reuters.

This photo provided by Open Road Films shows, Michael Keaton, from left, as Walter "Robby" Robinson, Liev Schreiber as Marty Baron, Mark Ruffalo as Michael Rezendes, Rachel McAdams, as Sacha Pfeiffer, John Slattery as Ben Bradlee Jr., and Brian díArcy James as Matt Carroll, in a scene from the film, Spotlight. (AP)

The top winners at the SAG awards, chosen by more than 100,000 actors, often go on to win Oscars. The list was announced a day ahead of Thursday’s Golden Globe nominations and January’s nominations for the Oscars.

Trumbo star Bryan Cranston earned a best actor nod for his role as Dalton Trumbo, while Helen Mirren got a best supporting actress nomination for playing gossip columnist Hedda Hopper. Mirren was also nominated for best actress for Woman in Gold.

Helen Mirren and Bryan Cranston in Trumbo.

Other lead movie actors nods went to Johnny Depp for Black Mass, Leonardo DiCaprio for The Revenant, Michael Fassbender for Steve Jobs and Eddie Redmayne for playing a transgender pioneer in The Danish Girl.

Among the women, Cate Blanchett was nominated for the lesbian drama Carol, Brie Larson for psychological thriller Room, Saoirse Ronan for Irish immigrant tale Brooklyn and Sarah Silverman for I Smile Back.

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But Oscar-winner Lawrence was absent from the list, along with David O. Russell’s new film Joy and Matt Damon’s box-office hit space adventure The Martian.

Read: The Martian review: This space saga is all about being human

Quentin Tarantino’s Western drama The Hateful Eight, and the football head injury movie Concussion and its star Will Smith also came away empty-handed.

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The nominations of Beasts of No Nation and Straight Outta Compton, which both feature black male casts, came at a time when Hollywood movies have been criticised for lack of racial diversity.

Beasts actor Idris Elba landed a best supporting actor nod, but no women of colour made it into either the best actress or supporting actress categories in film.

Read: Beasts of No Nation review: A harrowing, unmissable war film

“I’m just floored and humbled right now. It’s such a huge honour to be recognised by my friends and peers,” said Elba, who also earned a best leading TV drama actor nod for Luther.

In this photo provided by Twentieth Century Fox, Matt Damon as Astronaut Mark Watney finds himself stranded and alone on Mars, in The Martian. (AP)

In the television categories, medieval fantasy saga Game Of Thrones and thriller Homeland led the way with three nominations each. British period drama Downton Abbey, political thriller House of Cards and advertising drama Mad Men were also nominated for best drama ensemble cast.

The winners will be announced in Los Angeles on Jan. 30.

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