2016 Screen Actors Guild Nominations

The SAG's decided to sleep in a few hours this year, and Anthony Mackie adorably butchered a few names. But here is the list of nominees that were announced on Wednesday. (Busy week at the blog) There were a few surprises here for me. My thoughts as always follow in green.

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role
Bryan Cranston - Trumbo
Johnny Depp - Black Mass
Leonardo DiCaprio - The Revenant
Michael Fassbender - Steve Jobs
Eddie Redmayne - The Danish Girl
The SAGS never match up with the Oscars in all 5 spots, but I would not complain if these were the 5 Oscar nominees. Actually, I would a little because Attah should be in there for Beasts of No Nation, but his age makes him have a long shot. 

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role
Cate Blanchett - Carol
Brie Larson - Room
Helen Mirren - Woman in Gold
Saoirse Ronan - Brooklyn
Sarah Silverman - I Smile Back
Who the fuck saw Mirren and Silverman coming? I didn't. I really want to see I Smile Back, but The Woman in Gold looked terrible. SAG has a Mirren boner. Carey Mulligan should've been there for Suffragette. 

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role
Christian Bale - The Big Short
Idris Elba - Beasts of No Nation
Mark Rylance - Bridge of Spies
Michael Shannon - 99 Homes
Jacob Trembley - Room
I LOVE Michael Shannon being here. I wish Paul Dano was with him though. Trembley, in all honesty should be in the lead category, but category fraud is running rampant this year. I love me some Idris, but he wasn't that good in Beasts of No Nation. Dano should've had his spot. 

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role
Rooney Mara - Carol
Rachel McAdams - Spotlight
Helen Mirren - Trumbo
Alicia Vikander-  The Danish Girl
Kate Winslet-  Steve Jobs
We all wondered what SAG would do with Mara and Vikander and here's where they landed. I haven't seen either film yet, but come on, they're leads in the freaking trailers. Mirren and Winslet were good in these roles, but they were not the stand outs of their respective films. I'm happy to see McAdams in there for Spotlight though. Would've liked to have seen Kristen Stewart here though. 

Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
Beasts of No Nation
The Big Short
Straight Outta Compton
Staight Outta Compton? LOL where the fuck did that come from? That's actually pretty cool. I'm shocked The Martian got shut out here. They should be here. At least Attah gets to be a SAG nominee with ensemble, and after seeing Trumbo this week, they deserve to be here too, but Spotlight is the clear winner for me.

Outstanding Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Motion Picture
Fast 7
Jurassic World
Mad Max: Fury Road
Mission: Impossible — Rogue Nation

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
I LOVE these nominees. Especially Rami Malek, Mr. Robot is so good.

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series
Claire Danes - Homeland
Viola Davis - How To Get Away With Murder
Julianne Marguiles - The Good Wife
Maggie Smith - Downton Abbey
Robin Wright - House of Cards
These are kind of boring with the exception of Viola Davis. Melissa McBride in The Walking Dead? Now that would be interesting. 

Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series
Downton Abbey
Game of Thrones
House of Cards
Mad Men
I wasn't expecting Empire to get completely shut out.

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series
Ty Burrell - Modern Family
Louis C.K. - Louis
William H. Macy - Shameless
Jim Parsons - Big Bang Theory
Jeffrey Tambor - Transparent
I used to love seeing Parsons nominated but now I'm just bored with Sheldon and The Big Bang Theory in general. Glad to see Louis C.K here, as always. 

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
Julia Louis Dreyfus - Veep
Amy Poehler - Parks & Recreation
So OITNB gets to be a comedy at the SAGs but a drama at the Emmys? Good lord, make up your mind. This show is a drama. I'm happy for JLD and Poehler. I don't watch UKS, but I imagine plenty will be happy with her nomination.

Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series
The Big Bang Theory
Key & Peele
Modern Family
Orange Is The New Black
Key and Peele being here is so awesome. I think this is my favorite nomination after Rami.

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Miniseries or Television Movie
Idris Elba - Luther
Ben Kingsley - Tut
Ray Liotta - Texas Rising
Bill Murray - A Very Murray Christmas
Mark Rylance - Wolf Hall
Mmmmmmmmmmmmmm Idris. Rylance is also a double nominee. The SAGs love doing that.

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Miniseries or Television Movie
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
Christina Ricci is awesome. Kristen Wiig is overrated. And the SAGS love Nicole even though Grace of Monaco was panned. 

Outstanding Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Television Series
The Blacklist
Game Of Throne
The Walking Dead


  1. This is interesting especially Mirren up for roles that didn't get much love. I am all for Downton Abbey as I am sick, tired and bored with the Walking dull. I am finding it quite funny the Orange keeps switching from drama to comedy.

    1. OITNB should've never been in comedy. Sure, it has a few funny moments but so did Breaking Bad. It's a drama, and it's not fair to the other contenders who don't get in when they're in the wrong category.

  2. love seeing Straight Outta Compton here!

    1. That's really cool. I never got around to seeing that when it was in theaters, so it felt unexpected to me.

  3. Haha, I don't know what happened here. LOVE that Attah got an Ensemble nom, though.


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