With Christmas just a couple of weeks away, it looks as though several Oscar contenders will be enjoying the upcoming holidays even more following the reveal of this year’s SAG (Screen Actor’s Guild) Award nominations.
After a strong showing from the Golden Globes on Monday, Kenneth Lonergan’s indie-drama Manchester by the Sea leads the way with four nods including the crucial Outstanding Ensemble Cast gong. Oscar frontrunner Casey Affleck is once again nominated in Best Actor with co-stars Lucas Hedges and Michelle Williams recognised in Best Supporting Actor and Actress respectively.
The film stars Affleck as a Boston janitor who becomes sole guardian of his teenage nephew and decides to confront his troubled past at his old hometown.
Two films about race and conflict share joint-second in the nomination tally with the coming-of-age drama Moonlight and Denzel Washington’s Fences both picking up three nods each. Like Manchester, the films are up for Outstanding Ensemble Cast along with the NASA-based biopic Hidden Figures and the family dramedy Captain Fantastic.
However Oscar favourite La La Land failed to make that particular category though stars Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone both scooped key acting mentions.
Affleck, Gosling and Washington are both competing for Best Actor along with Viggo Mortensen (Captain Fantastic) and British performer Andrew Garfield (Hacksaw Ridge). In Best Actress, Emma Stone and Natalie Portman (Jackie) go up against Hollywood favourites Amy Adams (Arrival) and Meryl Streep (Florence Foster Jenkins) as well as shock nominee Emily Blunt (The Girl on the Train).
In the Supporting categories, Mahershala Ali (Moonlight) and Lucas Hedges are battling it out with Jeff Bridges (Hell or High Water) and British duo Hugh Grant (Florence Foster) and Dev Patel in the male group. The female nominees are a repeat of the Golden Globe lineup with Michelle Williams and the favourite Viola Davis (Fences) taking on Naomie Harris (Moonlight), Nicole Kidman (Lion) and Octavia Spencer (Hidden Figures).
The SAG Awards will take place on 29th January 2017.
The full list of film nominations are below (with winners predictions in blue):
OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE BY A CAST IN A MOTION PICTURE
MANCHESTER BY THE SEA
OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE BY A MALE ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE
Casey Affleck, MANCHESTER BY THE SEA
Andrew Garfield, HACKSAW RIDGE
Ryan Gosling, LA LA LAND
Viggo Mortensen, CAPTAIN FANTASTIC
Denzel Washington, FENCES
OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE BY A FEMALE ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE
Amy Adams, ARRIVAL
Emily Blunt, THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN
Natale Portman, JACKIE
Emma Stone, LA LA LAND
Meryl Streep, FLORENCE FOSTER JENKINS
OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE BY A MALE ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE
Mahershala Ali, MOONLIGHT
Jeff Bridges, HELL OR HIGH WATER
Hugh Grant, FLORENCE FOSTER JENKINS
Lucas Hedges, MANCHESTER BY THE SEA
Dev Patel, LION
OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE BY A FEMALE ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE
Viola Davis, FENCES
Naomie Harris, MOONLIGHT
Nicole Kidman, LION
Octavia Spencer, HIDDEN FIGURES
Michelle Williams, MANCHESTER BY THE SEA
OUTSTANDING ACTION PERFORMANCE BY A STUNT ENSEMBLE IN A MOTION PICTURE
CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR
Meanwhile, there was another strong group of television programmes that stood out amongst this year’s slate of nominations.
In the drama categories, two heavyweight networks go head-to-head with HBO’s Game of Thrones and Westworld and Netflix’s The Crown and Stranger Things all picking up three nods each including the crucial Outstanding Ensemble (Drama) accolade. ITV period drama Downton Abbey completes the strong lineup following its final series which concluded in the UK in late 2015.
Throne’s Peter Dinklage is once again up for Best Actor (Drama) along with the likes of Emmy winner Rami Malek (Mr Robot) and veterans John Lithgow (The Crown) and Kevin Spacey (House of Cards).
Stranger Things duo Winona Ryder (Joyce Bryers) and youngster Millie Bobby Brown (Eleven) are both nominated for Best Actress (Drama) along with British pair Claire Foy (The Crown) and Thandie Newton (Westworld).
In the comedy contenders, Black-ish faces stern competition from popular favourites The Big Bang Theory, Modern Family, Orange is the New Black and Veep for the Outstanding Ensemble (Comedy) award.
Anthony Anderson (Black-ish), Ty Burrell (Modern Family), Jane Fonda (Grace and Frankie), Jeffrey Tambor (Transparent) and Lily Tomlin (Grace and Frankie) are amongst the big-name stars competing in the acting categories.
Finally in the TV Movie / Mini-Series group, The People v O.J. Simpson continues its excellent award form with four mentions including acting nods for Courtney B. Vance, Sarah Paulson and Sterling K. Brown. Other high-profile nominees include The Night Of duo Riz Ahmed and John Turturro plus Bryce Dallas Howard for Black Mirror.
The full list of television nominees are below (winner predictions in blue):
OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE BY AN ENSEMBLE IN A DRAMA SERIES
GAME OF THRONES
OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE BY A MALE ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES
Sterling K. Brown, THIS IS US
Peter Dinklage, GAME OF THRONES
John Lithgow, THE CROWN
Rami Malek, MR ROBOT
Kevin Spacey, HOUSE OF CARDS
OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE BY A FEMALE ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES
Millie Bobby Brown, STRANGER THINGS
Claire Foy, THE CROWN
Thandie Newton, WESTWORLD
Winona Ryder, STRANGER THINGS
Robin Wright, HOUSE OF CARDS
OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE BY AN ENSEMBLE IN A COMEDY SERIES
THE BIG BANG THEORY
ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK
OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE BY A MALE ACTOR IN A COMEDY SERIES
Anthony Anderson, BLACK-ISH
Tituss Burgess, UNBREAKABLE JIMMY SCHMIDT
Ty Burrell, MODERN FAMILY
William H. Macy, SHAMELESS
Jeffrey Tambor, TRANSPARENT
OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE BY A FEMALE ACTOR IN A COMEDY SERIES
Uzo Aduda, ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK
Jane Fonda, GRACE AND FRANKIE
Ellie Kemper, UNBREAKABLE JIMMY SCHMIDT
Julia-Louis Dreyfus, VEEP
Lily Tomlin, GRACE AND FRANKIE
OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE BY A MALE ACTOR IN A TV MOVIE OR MINI-SERIES
Riz Ahmed, THE NIGHT OF
Sterling K. Brown, THE PEOPLE V O.J. SIMPSON
Bryan Cranston, ALL THE WAY
John Turturro, THE NIGHT OF
Courtney B. Vance, THE PEOPLE V O.J. SIMPSON
OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE BY A FEMALE ACTOR IN A TV MOVIE OR MINI-SERIES
Bryce Dallas Howard, BLACK MIRROR
Felicity Huffman, AMERICAN CRIME
Audra McDonald, LADY DAY EMERSON’S BAR AND GRILL
Sarah Paulson, THE PEOPLE V O.J. SIMPSON
Kerry Washington, CONFIRMATION
OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE BY STUNT ENSEMBLE IN A COMEDY / DRAMA SERIES
GAME OF THRONES
THE WALKING DEAD