2016 SAG Awards' nominations: Sylvester Stallone, Matt Damon 'snubbed' while Helen Mirren among surprising inclusions
Screener issues (see further below) and online streaming possibilities hated by film exhibitors and the Hollywood Establishment were two of the ingredients found in the 2015–2016 awards season mix. That in turn has led to a number of surprising omissions and inclusions when the SAG Awards' 2016 nominations were announced on Dec. 9. (Scroll down for the SAG Awards' full list of 2016 winners and nominees.)
In the film categories, most of the usual suspects this awards season were shortlisted. Examples range from Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara for Todd Haynes' Carol (the latter absurdly nominated in the Best Supporting Actress category) to Brie Larson and Jacob Tremblay for Lenny Abrahamson's Room.
Helen Mirren's December Surprise
But how many were expecting Helen Mirren to receive two SAG Award nominations in the Motion Picture categories: Best Actress for Simon Curtis' Woman in Gold and Best Supporting Actress for playing gossip columnist and rabid right-winger Hedda Hopper in Jay Roach's Trumbo?
Or Idris Elba to land a Best Supporting Actor nomination for Cary Joji Fukunaga's Netflix-distributed Beasts of No Nation? Or to find Sarah Silverman listed among the Best Actress nominees for I Smile Back?
Someone has done a pretty good job of getting the word out there to the SAG Awards' nominations board. Helen Mirren's Woman in Gold, for one, was distributed in the U.S. by the awards season pros at The Weinstein Company. Some of the other inclusions were a bit more difficult to fathom.
Leave him out there
Same thing happened to Ryan Coogler's Creed, which stars veteran Sylvester Stallone – touted as the Best Supporting Actor to beat at the Academy Awards – and Michael B. Jordan (Fruitvale Station, the box office bomb Fantastic Four).
More SAG Awards 'snubs': Kristen Stewart, Charlotte Rampling
U.S. critics' favorite Kristen Stewart was also left out of the Best Supporting Actress category – too many lead actresses (Rooney Mara, Alicia Vikander for The Danish Girl) taking up space. Stewart was the New York Film Critics Circle and the Boston Society of Film Critics pick for her work in Olivier Assayas' French-made Clouds of Sils Maria.
Another Boston critics' favorite and Los Angeles Film Critics Association winner, Charlotte Rampling for Andrew Haigh's 45 Years, was also bypassed for the SAG Awards. That's no major surprise, though, as the Screen Actors Guild is notoriously populist when it comes to its nominations; relatively speaking, there have been precious few performers shortlisted for their work in small, non-American films.
Both Clouds of Sils Maria and 45 Years were distributed by IFC Films in the U.S.
See below the 2016 SAG Awards' full list of motion picture and television nominees.
2016 SAG Awards' winners and nominations
Best Male Actor in a Leading Role
BRYAN CRANSTON as Dalton Trumbo – TRUMBO (Bleecker Street).
JOHNNY DEPP as James “Whitey” Bulger – BLACK MASS (Warner Bros. Pictures).
* LEONARDO DiCAPRIO as Hugh Glass – THE REVENANT (20th Century Fox).
MICHAEL FASSBENDER as Steve Jobs – STEVE JOBS (Universal Pictures).
EDDIE REDMAYNE as Einar Wegener/Lili Elbe – THE DANISH GIRL (Focus Features)
Best Actor in a Leading Role
CATE BLANCHETT as Carol Aird – CAROL (The Weinstein Company).
* BRIE LARSON as Ma – ROOM (A24).
HELEN MIRREN as Maria Altmann – WOMAN IN GOLD (The Weinstein Company).
SAOIRSE RONAN as Eilis – BROOKLYN (Fox Searchlight Pictures).
SARAH SILVERMAN as Laney Brooks – I SMILE BACK (Broad Green Pictures)
Best Male Actor in a Supporting Role
CHRISTIAN BALE as Michael Burry – THE BIG SHORT (Paramount Pictures).
* IDRIS ELBA as Commandant – BEASTS OF NO NATION (Netflix).
MARK RYLANCE as Abel Rudolph – BRIDGE OF SPIES (DreamWorks).
MICHAEL SHANNON as Rick Carver – 99 HOMES (Broad Green Pictures).
JACOB TREMBLAY as Jack – ROOM (A24)
Best Female Actor in a Supporting Role
ROONEY MARA as Therese Belivet – CAROL (The Weinstein Company).
RACHEL McADAMS as Sacha Pfeiffer – SPOTLIGHT (Open Road Films).
HELEN MIRREN as Hedda Hopper – TRUMBO (Bleecker Street).
* ALICIA VIKANDER as Gerda Wegener – THE DANISH GIRL (Focus Features).
KATE WINSLET as Joanna Hoffman – STEVE JOBS (Universal Pictures)
Best Cast in a Motion Picture
BEASTS OF NO NATION (Netflix).
ABRAHAM ATTAH as Agu.
KURT EGYIAWAN as 2nd I-C.
IDRIS ELBA as Commandant
THE BIG SHORT (Paramount Pictures).
CHRISTIAN BALE as Michael Burry.
STEVE CARELL as Mark Baum.
RYAN GOSLING as Jared Vennett.
MELISSA LEO as Georgia Hale.
HAMISH LINKLATER as Porter Collins.
JOHN MAGARO as Charlie Geller.
BRAD PITT as Ben Rickert.
RAFE SPALL as Danny Moses.
JEREMY STRONG as Vinny Peters.
MARISA TOMEI as Cynthia Baum.
FINN WITTROCK as Jamie Shipley
* SPOTLIGHT (Open Road Films).
BILLY CRUDUP as Eric MacLeish.
BRIAN D'ARCY JAMES as Matty Carroll.
MICHAEL KEATON as Walter “Robby” Robinson.
RACHEL McADAMS as Sacha Pfeiffer.
MARK RUFFALO as Michael Rezendes.
LIEV SCHREIBER as Marty Baron.
JOHN SLATTERY as Ben Bradlee Jr.
STANLEY TUCCI as Mitchell Garabedian
STRAIGHT OUTTA COMPTON (Universal Pictures).
NEIL BROWN JR. as DJ Yella.
PAUL GIAMATTI as Jerry Heller.
COREY HAWKINS as Dr. Dre.
ALDIS HODGE as MC Ren.
O'SHEA JACKSON JR. as Ice Cube.
JASON MITCHELL as Eazy-E
TRUMBO (Bleecker Street).
ADEWALE AKINNUOYE-AGBAJE as Virgil Brooks.
LOUIS C.K. as Arlen Hird.
BRYAN CRANSTON as Dalton Trumbo.
DAVID JAMES ELLIOTT as John Wayne.
ELLE FANNING as Niki Trumbo.
JOHN GOODMAN as Frank King.
DIANE LANE as Cleo Trumbo.
HELEN MIRREN as Hedda Hopper.
MICHAEL STUHLBARG as Edward G. Robinson.
ALAN TUDYK as Ian McLellan Hunter
Best Male Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries
* IDRIS ELBA as DCI John Luther – LUTHER (BBC America).
BEN KINGSLEY as Grand Vizier Ay – TUT (Spike).
RAY LIOTTA as Lorca/Tom Mitchell – TEXAS RISING (History).
BILL MURRAY as Himself – A VERY MURRAY CHRISTMAS (Netflix).
MARK RYLANCE as Thomas Cromwell – WOLF HALL (Masterpiece/PBS)
Best Female Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries
NICOLE KIDMAN as Grace – GRACE OF MONACO (Lifetime).
* QUEEN LATIFAH as Bessie Smith – BESSIE (HBO).
CHRISTINA RICCI as Lizzie Borden – THE LIZZIE BORDEN CHRONICLES (Lifetime).
SUSAN SARANDON as Gladys Mortenson – THE SECRET LIFE OF MARILYN MONROE (Lifetime).
KRISTEN WIIG as Delores DeWinter – THE SPOILS BEFORE DYING (IFC)
Best Male Actor in a Drama Series
PETER DINKLAGE as Tyrion Lannister – GAME OF THRONES (HBO).
JON HAMM as Don Draper – MAD MEN (AMC).
RAMI MALEK as Elliot – MR. ROBOT (USA Network).
BOB ODENKIRK as Jimmy McGill – BETTER CALL SAUL (AMC).
* KEVIN SPACEY as Francis Underwood – HOUSE OF CARDS (Netflix)
Best Female Actor in a Drama Series
CLAIRE DANES as Carrie Mathison – HOMELAND (Showtime).
* VIOLA DAVIS as Annalise Keating – HOW TO GET AWAY WITH MURDER (ABC).
JULIANNA MARGULIES as Alicia Florrick – THE GOOD WIFE (CBS).
MAGGIE SMITH as Violet Crawley, Dowager Countess of Grantham – DOWNTON ABBEY (Masterpiece/PBS).
ROBIN WRIGHT as Claire Underwood – HOUSE OF CARDS (Netflix)
Best Male Actor in a Comedy Series
TY BURRELL as Phil Dunphy – MODERN FAMILY (ABC).
LOUIS C.K. as Louie – LOUIE (FX Networks).
WILLIAM H. MACY as Frank – SHAMELESS (Showtime).
JIM PARSONS as Sheldon Cooper – THE BIG BANG THEORY (CBS).
* JEFFREY TAMBOR as Maura Pfefferman – TRANSPARENT (Amazon)
Best Female Actor in a Comedy Series
* UZO ADUBA as Suzanne “Crazy Eyes” Warren – ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK (Netflix).
EDIE FALCO as Jackie Peyton – NURSE JACKIE (Showtime).
ELLIE KEMPER as Kimmy Schmidt – UNBREAKABLE KIMMY SCHMIDT (Netflix).
JULIA LOUIS-DREYFUS as President Selina Meyer – VEEP (HBO).
AMY POEHLER as Leslie Knope – PARKS AND RECREATION (NBC)
Best Ensemble in a Drama Series
* DOWNTON ABBEY (Masterpiece/PBS).
HUGH BONNEVILLE as Robert, Earl of Grantham.
LAURA CARMICHAEL as Lady Edith Crawley.
JIM CARTER as Mr. Carson.
RAQUEL CASSIDY as Baxter.
BRENDAN COYLE as Mr. Bates.
TOM CULLEN as Anthony Gillingham.
MICHELLE DOCKERY as Lady Mary Crawley.
KEVIN DOYLE as Mr. Molesley.
JOANNE FROGGATT as Anna Bates.
LILY JAMES as Lady Rose.
ROBERT JAMES-COLLIER as Thomas Barrow.
ALLEN LEECH as Tom Branson.
PHYLLIS LOGAN as Mrs. Hughes.
ELIZABETH McGOVERN as Cora, Countess of Grantham.
SOPHIE McSHERA as Daisy.
LESLEY NICOL as Mrs. Patmore.
JULIAN OVENDEN as Charles Blake.
DAVID ROBB as Dr. Clarkson.
MAGGIE SMITH as Violet, Dowager Countess of Grantham.
PENELOPE WILTON as Isobel Crawley
GAME OF THRONES (HBO).
ALFIE ALLEN as Theon Greyjoy.
IAN BEATTIE as Ser Meryn Trant.
JOHN BRADLEY as Samwell Tarly.
GWENDOLINE CHRISTIE as Brienne of Tarth.
EMILIA CLARKE as Daenerys Targaryen.
MICHAEL CONDRON as Bowen Marsh.
NIKOLAJ COSTER-WALDAU as Jaime Lannister.
BEN CROMPTON as Dolorous Edd.
LIAM CUNNINGHAM as Ser Davos Seaworth.
STEPHEN DILLANE as Stannis Baratheon.
PETER DINKLAGE as Tyrion Lannister.
NATHALIE EMMANUEL as Missandei.
TARA FITZGERALD as Selyse Baratheon.
JEROME FLYNN as Bronn.
BRIAN FORTUNE as Othell Yarwyck.
JOEL FRY as Hizdahr Zo Loraq.
AIDAN GILLEN as Littlefinger Petyr Baelish.
IAIN GLEN as Ser Jorah Mormont.
KIT HARINGTON as Jon Snow.
LENA HEADEY as Cersei Lannister.
MICHIEL HUISMAN as Daario Naharis.
HANNAH MURRAY as Gilly.
BRENOCK O'CONNOR as Olly.
DANIEL PORTMAN as Podrick Payne.
IWAN RHEON as Ramsay Snow.
OWEN TEALE as Ser Alliser Thorne.
SOPHIE TURNER as Sansa Stark.
CARICE VAN HOUTEN as Melisandre.
MAISIE WILLIAMS as Arya Stark.
TOM WLASCHIHA as Jaqen H'ghar
F. MURRAY ABRAHAM as Dar Adal.
ATHEER ADEL as Numan.
CLAIRE DANES as Carrie Mathison.
ALEXANDER FEHLING as Jonas Hollander.
RUPERT FRIEND as Peter Quinn.
NINA HOSS as Astrid.
RENÉ DAVID IFRAH as Bibi.
MARK IVANIR as Ivan Krupin.
SEBASTIAN KOCH as Otto D?ring.
MIRANDA OTTO as Allison Carr.
MANDY PATINKIN as Saul Berenson.
SARAH SOKOLOVIC as Laura Sutton
HOUSE OF CARDS (Netflix).
MAHERSHALA ALI as Remy Danton.
DEREK CECIL as Seth Grayson.
NATHAN DARROW as Edward Meechum.
MICHAEL KELLY as Doug Stamper.
ELIZABETH MARVEL as Heather Dunbar.
MOLLY PARKER as Jackie Sharp.
JIMMI SIMPSON as Gavin Orsay.
KEVIN SPACEY as Francis Underwood.
ROBIN WRIGHT as Claire Underwood
MAD MEN (AMC).
SOLA BAMIS as Shirley.
STEPHANIE DRAKE as Meredith.
JAY R. FERGUSON as Stan Rizzo.
BRUCE GREENWOOD as Richard Burghoff.
JON HAMM as Don Draper.
CHRISTINA HENDRICKS as Joan Harris.
JANUARY JONES as Betty Francis.
VINCENT KARTHEISER as Pete Campbell.
ELISABETH MOSS as Peggy Olson.
KEVIN RAHM as Ted Chaough.
KIERNAN SHIPKA as Sally Draper.
JOHN SLATTERY as Roger Sterling.
RICH SOMMER as Harry Crane.
AARON STATON as Ken Cosgrove.
MASON VALE COTTON as Bobby Draper
Best Ensemble in a Comedy Series
THE BIG BANG THEORY (CBS).
MAYIM BIALIK as Amy Farrah Fowler.
KALEY CUOCO as Penny.
JOHNNY GALECKI as Leonard Hofstadter.
SIMON HELBERG as Howard Wolowitz.
KUNAL NAYYAR as Rajesh Koothrappali.
JIM PARSONS as Sheldon Cooper.
MELISSA RAUCH as Bernadette Rostenkowski-Wolowitz
KEY & PEELE (Comedy Central).
KEEGAN-MICHAEL KEY as Various Characters.
JORDAN PEELE as Various Characters
MODERN FAMILY (ABC).
JULIE BOWEN as Claire Dunphy.
TY BURRELL as Phil Dunphy.
AUBREY ANDERSON EMMONS as Lily Tucker-Pritchett.
JESSE TYLER FERGUSON as Mitchell Pritchett.
NOLAN GOULD as Luke Dunphy.
SARAH HYLAND as Haley Dunphy.
ED O'NEILL as Jay Pritchett.
RICO RODRIGUEZ as Manny Delgado.
ERIC STONESTREET as Cameron Tucker.
SOFIA VERGARA as Gloria Delgado-Pritchett.
ARIEL WINTER as Alex Dunphy
* ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK (Netflix).
UZO ADUBA as Suzanne “Crazy Eyes” Warren.
MIKE BIRBIGLIA as Danny Pearson.
MARSHA STEPHANIE BLAKE as Berdie Rogers.
DANIELLE BROOKS as Tasha “Taystee” Jefferson.
LAVERNE COX as Sophia Burset.
JACKIE CRUZ as Marisol “Flaca” Gonzales.
CATHERINE CURTIN as Wanda Bell.
LEA DELARIA as Carrie “Big Boo” Black.
BETH FOWLER as Sister Jane Ingalls.
JOEL MARSH GARLAND as Scott O'Neill.
KIMIKO GLENN as Brook Soso.
ANNIE GOLDEN as Norma Romano.
DIANE GUERRERO as Maritza Ramos.
MICHAEL J. HARNEY as Sam Healy.
VICKY JEUDY as Janae Watson.
SELENIS LEYVA as Gloria Mendoza.
TARYN MANNING as Tiffany “Pennsatucky” Doggett.
ADRIENNE C. MOORE as Black Cindy.
KATE MULGREW as Galina “Red” Reznikov.
EMMA MYLES as Leanne Taylor.
MATT PETERS as Joel Luschek.
LORI PETTY as Lolly Whitehill.
JESSICA PIMENTEL as Maria Ruiz.
DASCHA POLANCO as Dayanara Diaz.
LAURA PREPON as Alex Vause.
ELIZABETH RODRIGUEZ as Aleida Diaz.
RUBY ROSE as Stella Carlin.
NICK SANDOW as Joe Caputo.
ABIGAIL SAVAGE as Gina.
TAYLOR SCHILLING as Piper Chapman.
CONSTANCE SHULMAN as Yoga Jones.
DALE SOULES as Frieda.
YAEL STONE as Lorna Morello.
SAMIRA WILEY as Poussey Washington
ALEXANDRA BILLINGS as Davina Rejennae.
CARRIE BROWNSTEIN as Syd Feldman.
JAY DUPLASS as Josh Pfefferman.
KATHRYN HAHN as Raquel Fein.
GABY HOFFMANN as Ali Pfefferman.
CHERRY JONES as Leslie Mackinaw.
AMY LANDECKER as Sarah Pfefferman.
JUDITH LIGHT as Shelly Pfefferman.
HARI NEF as Gittel/Gerson.
EMILY ROBINSON as Rose Boymelgreen.
JEFFREY TAMBOR as Maura Pfefferman
DIEDRICH BADER as Bill Ericsson.
SUFE BRADSHAW as Sue Wilson.
ANNA CHLUMSKY as Amy Brookheimer.
GARY COLE as Kent Davidson.
KEVIN DUNN as Ben Cafferty.
TONY HALE as Gary Walsh.
HUGH LAURIE as Tom James.
PHIL REEVES as Doyle.
SAM RICHARDSON as Richard.
REID SCOTT as Dan Egan.
TIMOTHY SIMONS as Jonah Ryan.
SARAH SUTHERLAND as Catherine.
MATT WALSH as Mike McLintock
Outstanding Action Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Motion Picture
EVEREST (Universal Pictures).
FURIOUS 7 (Universal Pictures).
JURASSIC WORLD (Universal Pictures).
* MAD MAX: FURY ROAD (Warner Bros. Pictures).
MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE – ROGUE NATION (Paramount Pictures)
Outstanding Action Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Comedy or Drama Series
THE BLACKLIST (NBC).
* GAME OF THRONES (HBO).
MARVEL'S DAREDEVIL (Netflix).
THE WALKING DEAD (AMC)
Life Achievement Award
2016 SAG Awards predictions
Dec. 8, '15: The 2016 Screen Actors Guild Award nominations will be announced on Wed., Dec. 9. The SAG Awards, of course, tend to be a solid prognosticator of the Academy Awards in the acting categories – solid, but hardly flawless. Generally speaking, the SAG Awards' shortlist tend to be more populist and more Hollywood-centered than those of the Actors' Branch of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts.
But why would that be? Well, here are two likely reasons for the discrepancies.
- Screeners' availability at the time of voting. Academy members vote a few weeks after SAG Award voters; as a result, they have some more time to catch up with late releases and/or smaller/non-Hollywood movies that receive widespread critical love during awards season. According to Anne Thompson, this year screeners for Alejandro González Iñárritu's The Revenant and David O. Russell's Joy were sent out late to SAG's voting committee, while screeners for Quentin Tarantino bolognese-sauced Western The Hateful Eight weren't sent out at all.
- Academy members tend to be male, older, white, filthy rich Los Angeles Westsiders, but they also tend to be people who have actually been – or used to be – in the business for quite some time. Most are as populist as can be, but a minority of Academy members is undeniably what's referred to as “daring” and “sophisticated.”
In other words, they vote for people like:
- Miranda Richardson in Brian Gilbert's Tom & Viv.
- Emily Watson in Lars von Trier's Breaking the Waves.
- Julie Christie in Alan Rudolph's Afterglow.
- Fernanda Montenegro in Water Salles' Central Station.
- Michelle Williams in Derek Cianfrance's Blue Valentine.
- Javier Bardem in Alejandro González Iñárritu's Biutiful.
- Emmanuelle Riva in Michael Haneke's Amour.
- Marion Cotillard in Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne's Two Days, One Night.
Such off-the-beaten-path nominations – e.g., Marion Cotillard in Jacques Audiard's Rust and Bone; Tilda Swinton in Lynne Ramsay's We Need to Talk About Kevin – are rare at the SAG Awards.
And remember: Unlike the SAG Awards, the Academy uses the preferential voting system for its nominations. Thus, theoretically, a small, enthusiastic minority (1/6 of voters + 1) can get to choose at least one of the nominees.
Having said all that, below are our predictions for the 2016 SAG Awards.
Predictions: 2016 SAG Awards Nominations
Cate Blanchett for Carol.
Brie Larson for Room.
Jennifer Lawrence for Joy.
Saoirse Ronan for Brooklyn.
Charlize Theron for Mad Max: Fury Road.
Charlotte Rampling for 45 Years.
Lily Tomlin for Grandma.
Carey Mulligan for Suffragette.
Emily Blunt for Sicario.
Maggie Smith for The Lady in the Van.
Blythe Danner for I'll See You in My Dreams.
Meryl Streep for Ricki and the Flash.
Helen Mirren for Woman in Gold.
Sandra Bullock for Our Brand Is Crisis.
Matt Damon for The Martian.
Leonardo DiCaprio for The Revenant.
Michael Fassbender for Steve Jobs.
Tom Hanks for Bridge of Spies.
Eddie Redmayne for The Danish Girl.
Michael Caine for Youth.
Johnny Depp for Black Mass.
Ian McKellen for Mr. Holmes.
Tom Courtenay for 45 Years.
Bryan Cranston for Trumbo.
Will Smith for Concussion.
Steve Carell for The Big Short.
Tom Hardy for Legend.
Michael B. Jordan for Creed.
Best Supporting Actor
Tom Hardy for The Revenant.
Michael Keaton for Spotlight.
Mark Ruffalo for Spotlight.
Mark Rylance for Bridge of Spies.
Sylvester Stallone for Creed.
Paul Dano for Love & Mercy.
Michael Shannon for 99 Homes.
Robert Redford for Truth.
Jacob Tremblay for Room.
Robert De Niro for Joy.
Benicio Del Toro for Sicario.
Bradley Cooper for Joy.
Idris Elba for Beasts of No Nation.
Best Supporting Actress
Jane Fonda for Youth.
Rooney Mara for Carol. (Although one of the film's two leads, Mara is being pushed in the supporting category.)
Kristen Stewart for Clouds of Sils Maria. (Stewart will definitely be in if SAG Award committee voters have been able to see Olivier Assayas' film.)
Alicia Vikander for Ex Machina (or The Danish Girl).
Kate Winslet for Steve Jobs.
Joan Allen for Room.
Jennifer Jason Leigh for The Hateful Eight.
Rachel Weisz for Youth.
Helen Mirren for Trumbo.
Rachel McAdams for Spotlight.
Sarah Paulson for Carol.
Marion Cotillard for Macbeth.
Cynthia Nixon for James White.
Helena Bonham Carter for Suffragette.
Julie Walters for Brooklyn.
The Hateful Eight.
Mad Max: Fury Road.
Bridge of Spies.
The Big Short.
Beasts of No Nation.
The Danish Girl.
Straight Outta Compton.
Jurassic World. (Well, those giant lizards were very convincing…)
SAG Awards' double nominee Helen Mirren Woman in Gold image: The Weinstein Company.
Helen Mirren as Hollywood gossip columnist Hedda Hopper Trumbo image: Bleecker Street.
Image of the 2016 SAG Awards' likely Best Actor nominee Michael Fassbender in Steve Jobs: Universal Pictures.
Likely 2016 SAG Awards' nominee Leonardo DiCaprio in The Revenant clip: 20th Century Fox.
List of the 2016 SAG Awards' winners and nominees via the Screen Actors Guild Awards website.