Mary Grace Garis
December 09, 2015 10:50 am

At the close of each year we look forward to the thrill of awards season, our excitement bubbling like the second cheapest bottle of Prosecco I buy to drink during the Oscars. But pump the brakes: one award show at a time. Today the Screen Actors Guild nominees were announced, kicking off this glorious, glittering time, and shedding some insight on who we’ll be seeing more of this awards go-round.

So. Who made the cut? Lots of folks, and it looks like we’ll be seeing a lot more of Carol, Trumbo, and Spotlight. 

Taking a closer look at the best performance by a female actor in a motion picture, category: Is it even awards season without Cate Blanchett? She’s done it again, snagging a SAG nom for her role as the titular Carol in Carol. Saoirse Ronan is also up for Brooklyn after being nominated with the rest of the The Grand Budapest Hotel cast in a bygone year for outstanding cast performance (she made a great mole-faced baker). It’s also a great year for Brie Larson. You remember her as Amy Schumer’s little sis in Trainwreck (and I remember her as Envy Adams in Scott Pilgrim Versus the World), but she could get the gold for busting her serious acting chops in Room.

My favorite dark horse contender, though? This year’s Queen of Comedy Sarah Silverman getting props for her dramatic turn as Laney Brooks in I Smile Back. Psyched about it, would have never been able to guess this future eight years ago during copious rewatches of The Sarah Silverman Program.

Another, big shout out for awards season mainstay Helen Mirren. The great Dame has a nod for best lead actress in Woman in Gold AND best actress in a supporting role for Trumbo. If she can leverage that into the Academy Awards she’ll be only the ninth actress to be double-nominated in the same year. All hail!

Meanwhile, the best actor in a leading role slot is also filled with familiar faces. Bryan Cranston already has some Emmys under his belt, but maybe this year he’ll get some movie trophies for his work in Trumbo. Or perhaps super cute mega-talent Michael Fassbender could win for his title role in the Steve Jobs biopic. But competition is stiff: last year’s Oscar winner Eddie Redmayne, is nominated for his gender-bending role in The Danish Girl.

If he misses the mark, Johnny Depp could easily claim a SAG for his role as Whitey Bulger in Black Mass. Our boy Leonardo DiCaprio is also up for a best leading actor for his performance in The Revenant. Will this finally be his year, or will you, me, and Leo be hunched over in tears come February?

That is truly just the tip of the iceberg, though. You can check out all the SAG Award nominees here or below, there are many more categories to unpack. And of course we’ll reconvene on January 30 at 8 PM ET for the ceremony. I’ll bring the Prosecco.

Outstanding performance by a cast in a motion picture:

Beasts of No Nation
The Big Short
Spotlight
Straight Outta Compton
Trumbo

Outstanding performance by a female actor in a lead role in a motion picture:

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

Outstanding performance by a male actor in a leading role in a motion picture:

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

Outstanding performance by a female actor in a supporting role in a motion picture:

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

Outstanding performance by a male actor in a supporting role in a motion picture:

Idris Elba, Beasts of No Nation
Michael Shannon, 99 Homes
Mark Rylance, Bridge of Spies
Jacob Tremblay, Room
Christian Bale, The Big Short

Outstanding performance by a female actor in a drama series:

Claire Danes, Homeland
Viola Davis, How to get Away with Murder
Julianna Margulies, The Good Wife
Maggie Smith, Downton Abbey
Robin Wright, House of Cards

Outstanding performance by a male actor in a drama series:

Peter Dinklage, Game of Thrones
Jon Hamm, Mad Men
Bob Odenkirk, Better Call Saul
Kevin Spacey, House of Cards
Rami Malek, Mr. Robot

Outstanding performance by an ensemble in a drama series:

Downton Abbey
Game of Thrones
Homeland
House of Cards
Mad Men

Outstanding performance by a female actor in a comedy series:

Uzo Aduba, Orange is the New Black
Edie Falco, Nurse Jackie
Ellie Kemper, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
Amy Poehler, Parks and Recreation
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep

Outstanding performance by a male actor in a comedy series:

Ty Burell, Modern Family
Louis CK, Louie
William H Macy, Shameless
Jim Parsons, Big Bang Theory
Jeffrey Tambor, Transparent

Outstanding performance by an ensemble in a comedy series:

The Big Bang Theory
Key and Peele
Modern Family
Orange is the New Black
Transparent
Veep

Outstanding performance by a female actor in a television movie or miniseries:

Nicole Kidman, Grace of Monaco
Queen Latifah, Bessie
Christina Ricci, The Lizzie Borden Chronicles
Susan Sarandon, The Secret Life of Marilyn Monroe
Kristen Wiig, The Spoils Before Dying

Outstanding performance by a male actor in a television movie or miniseries:

Idris Elba, Luther
Bill Murray, A Very Murray Christmas
Ben Kingsley, Tut
Ray Liotta, Texas Rising
Mark Rylance, Wolf Hall

[Image via StudioCanal]

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