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10 Dec 2015 10:27
The cast of "Trumbo". (Reuters)
Trumbo, the movie about the 1947 Hollywood blacklist, led the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) nominations on November 9 in a diverse field that hinted at likely Oscar contenders but snubbed
presumed front-runners The Martian and new Jennifer Lawrence drama Joy.
Trumbo, about a group of screenwriters and directors shunned for their associations to
the Communist Party, earned three nominations, including the guild’s top prize
for best ensemble cast.
Other nominees for
best ensemble include Netflix African war drama Beasts of No
Nation, Wall Street comedy The Big Short, Catholic Church
abuse probe Spotlight and rap movie Straight Outta
The annual SAG awards, which honour the year’s top achievements in film and television, are picked by more than 100 000 actors. The top winners at the SAG awards often go on to win Oscars. Adam McKay,
director of The Big Short said he was impressed by the range of
topics covered by the nominations.
talking about the advent of hip hop, child soldiers, the sex scandal in
Catholic church and malfeasance in Wall Street - I’m pretty proud of that for
Hollywood,” he told Reuters.
The list was
announced a day ahead of Thursday’s Golden Globe nominations and January’s
nominations for the Oscars.
Trumbo star Bryan Cranston earned a best actor nod for his role as Dalton Trumbo,
while Helen Mirren got a best supporting actress nomination for playing gossip
columnist Hedda Hopper. Mirren was also nominated for best actress for Woman in Gold.
Other lead movie
actors nods went to Johnny Depp for Black Mass, Leonardo DiCaprio
for The Revenant, Michael Fassbender for Steve Jobs and
Eddie Redmayne for playing a transgender pioneer in The Danish
Among the women,
Cate Blanchett was nominated for the lesbian drama Carol, Brie
Larson for psychological thriller Room, Saoirse Ronan for Irish
immigrant tale Brooklyn and Sarah Silverman for I Smile
Lawrence was absent from the list, along with David O.
Russell’s new film Joy and Matt Damon’s box-office hit space adventure The
Tarantino’s Western drama The Hateful Eight, and the football head
injury movie Concussion and its star Will Smith also came away
The nominations of Beasts of No Nation and Straight Outta Compton, which
both feature black male casts, came at a time when Hollywood movies have been
criticised for lack of racial diversity.
Beasts actor Idris Elba landed a best supporting actor nod, but no women of colour made
it into either the best actress or supporting actress categories in film.
floored and humbled right now. Luther.
In the television categories, medieval
fantasy saga Game Of
Thrones and thriller Homeland led the way with three
nominations each. British period drama Downton Abbey, political
thriller House of Cards and advertising drama Mad Men were also nominated for best drama ensemble cast.
The winners will be announced in Los Angeles
on January 30.
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