Earlier today, the Screen Actors Guild nominations were announced and I love them! Not because I agree with all of them but because they’re a nice mix of the expected and the surprising. Every category had at least one surprise and really, it’s the surprises that make Oscar Season so much fun.
For what they are worth, here are a few observations from yours truly:
When it comes to predicting the actual Oscar nominations, the SAG are usually an excellent precursor. It makes sense — the Actors Branch is the biggest of the Academy’s voting branches and many of the same people who determined the SAG nominees will also be casting ballots for the Academy Awards.
At first, I was really shocked to see that Selma was totally snubbed. However, I then read over at Gold Derby that apparently, because of production delays, a screener of Selma was not available for the SAG voters. So, a lot of the voters made their nominations without having seen Selma.
Foxcatcher did not receive an ensemble nomination but it did receive nominations for Steve Carell and Mark Ruffalo. That’s especially good news for Carell, who has yet to be much of a factor in the precursor voting.
Speaking of which, everyone keeps taking about how Foxcatcher hasn’t been a major player in the precursors. What about Unbroken? For a so-called Oscar front runner, Unbroken certainly hasn’t received much from the critics groups.
(I should note that I have yet to see either Foxcatcher or Unbroken so I don’t have an opinion on whether either one of them deserves awards.)
Among the big snubs: Amy Adams for Big Eyes, Jessica Chastain for A Most Violent Year or Interstellar, Marion Cotillard for Two Days, One Night, and Oscar Isaac for A Most Violent Year.
My favorite nomination was Jake Gyllenhaal for Nightcrawler. I haven’t seen Cake but I was happy to see Jennifer Aniston nominated because it was unexpected. Robert Duvall’s great but wow, was the Judge ever a disappointing movie.
I was shocked to see Naomi Watts nominated for St. Vincent but it actually makes sense. Her role in St. Vincent really was awards bait. And who doesn’t love Naomi Watts? (That said, I thought her performance was a bit cartoonish.)
Both the Grand Budapest Hotel and especially The Theory of Everything are looking more and more like probable best picture nominees.
And here are the nominees:
The Grand Budapest Hotel
The Imitation Game
The Theory of Everything
Steve Carell in Foxcatcher
Benedict Cumberbatch in The Imitation Game
Jake Gyllenhaal in Nightcrawler
Michael Keaton in Birdman
Eddie Redmayne in The Theory of Everything
Jennifer Aniston in Cake
Felicity Jones in The Theory of Everything
Julianne Moore in Still Alice
Rosamund Pike in Gone Girl
Reese Witherspoon in Wild
Best Supporting Actor
Robert Duvall in The Judge
Ethan Hawke in Boyhood
Edward Norton in Birdman
Mark Ruffalo in Foxcatcher
J.K. Simmons in Whiplash
Best Supporting Actress
Patricia Arquette in Boyhood
Keira Knightley in The Imitation Game
Emma Stone in Birdman
Meryl Streep in Into The Woods
Naomi Watts in St. Vincent
Outstanding Stunt Ensemble
Get On Up
The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies
X-Men: Days of Future Past