Wednesday, December 9, 2015

OSCAR WATCH: SAG Nominations

Hey Oscar junkies, have you recovered from this morning's whiplash? Those SAG nods were so out of left field that many were left wondering if we were being punked. Some of the most surprising nods, among many, included Sarah Silverman for "I Smile Back", Christian Bale for "The Big Short" and double nods for Helen Mirren! And I must give a special shoutout to the cast of "Straight Outta Compton" for getting an unexpected nomination for Best Ensemble. Nothing had me more elated this morning than to see that richly deserving cast get some love. But the most shocking outcome was that "Trumbo" was the most nominated film, considering hardly anyone was talking about it prior to today.

And yet, the major takeaway is that the race is still all about "Spotlight" and then everyone else. Though its male actor failed to secure nods, it still had a stronger showing than its closest rivals. "The Martian" for example, was completely rejected from the SAG party. I'm sure none of us saw that coming.

Tomorrow could be even crazier with the reliably zany HFPA voters. But for now, let's try to make sense of these SAG nominees for 2015:

Best Ensemble
Beasts of No Nation
The Big Short
Straight Outta Compton

Best Actor
Bryan Cranston, Trumbo
Johnny Depp, Black Mass
Leonardo DiCaprio, The Revenant
Michael Fassbender, Steve Jobs
Eddie Redmayne, The Danish Girl

Best Actress
Cate Blanchett, Carol
Brie Larson, Room
Helen Mirren, Woman in Gold
Saoirse Ronan, Brooklyn
Sarah Silverman, I Smile Back

Best Supporting Actor
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
Rooney Mara, Carol
Rachel McAdams, Spotlight
Helen Mirren, Trumbo
Alicia Vikander, The Danish Girl
Kate Winslet, Steve Jobs

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