Amirah Mercer
December 10, 2014 3:28 pm

The SAG Award nominations were announced earlier today and we’re SO happy to see some very deserving ladies on the nominee list.

As the entertainment industry goes, the SAG awards basically kick off awards season. Being nominated here is not only a huge honor (it’s a prize voted on by peers) but it’s step in the right direction toward that shiny Oscar or Emmy. As roles for women on screen become more deliciously layered (see: Viola Davis’ mix of glamour, toughness, and vulnerability on How to Get Away with Murder) and touchingly funny (see: Uzo Aduba as “Crazy Eyes” on Orange is the New Black) and dangerously complex (see: Rosamund Pike and Emma Stone in their respective films), it’s incredibly heartening to see these talented women we love making the SAG nominee cut. Here are just a few of the ladies we’ll be rooting for all season long.

Viola Davis as Annalise Keating in How to Get Away with Murder (Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series)

Because of Viola Davis, I no longer have a social life on Thursday night. Although Davis won an Oscar for The Help, she’s remained a bit under the mainstream radar. Thanks to her killer (pun intended) performance in HTGAWM, it’s safe to say, the lady is now a household name.

Rosamund Pike as Amy Dunne in Gone Girl (Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role)

Rosamund Pike has real acting chops — and some deadly serious guts. She dared to take on everyone’s favorite psychopathic housewife, Amy Dunne, and delivered the role with steely (and scary) conviction.

Uzo Aduba as Suzanne “Crazy Eyes” Waren in Orange is the New Black (Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series)

What would Orange is the New Black be without Uzo Aduba? Not funny. Period. Let’s hope Aduba’s winning streak continues this year.

Amy Poehler as Leslie Knope in Parks and Recreation (Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series)

Amy Poehler is on a world domination tour this year, what with her new book and double run as a Golden Globes host. It’s nice to see her on the other side of the awards ballot as a nominee, because this is a serious comedy funny woman. Legend status.

Emma Stone as Sam in Birdman (Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role)

Emma Stone won a SAG in 2012 with the rest of her cast for her role in The Help, but it’s about time this standout actress get some individual recognition. If you don’t believe me, watch her reel on Michael Keaton in this scene from the film.

Reese Witherspoon as Cheryl Strayed in Wild (Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role) 

It’s kind of impossible not to root for Reese, and it’s pretty thrilling to see our girl leaving the formulaic rom coms (though we love those too) behind and really showing what she’s made of. Which is a whole, whole lot.

Tatiana Maslany as Sarah/Cosima/Alison/Rachel/Helena/Tony/Jennifer and Various Others on Orphan Black (Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series) 

Scroll your eyes back up and just take a peek at how many roles Tatiana plays, and she plays them all like a BOSS. Recognition more than deserved.

Meryl Streep as The Witch in Into the Woods (Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role)

Because, well, because Meryl Streep.

Check out the rest of the very deserving SAG nominees here.

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