SAG Award Nominations Announced!
Awards season is officially in full swing with the announcement of the 22nd annual Screen Actors Guild Awards nominees on Wednesday.
Motion picture nominees in the lead categories include buzzed-about contenders Cate Blanchett (Carol), Brie Larson (Room), Saoirse Ronan (Brooklyn), Johnny Depp (Black Mass), Leonardo DiCaprio (The Revenant), Eddie Redmayne (The Danish Girl) and Michael Fassbender (Steve Jobs).
The supporting acting races for motion picture feature acclaimed turns from nominees such as Rooney Mara (Carol), Rachel McAdams (Spotlight), Kate Winslet (Steve Jobs), Idris Elba (Beasts of No Nation) and Michael Shannon (99 Homes).
Meanwhile, the ensembles of Beasts of No Nation, The Big Short, Spotlight, Straight Outta Compton and Trumbo factor into the race for the motion-picture categories’ top award, outstanding performance by a cast.
Trumbo led the pack with three nods, while smaller films Beasts of No Nation and Room scored two apiece. Nine-year-old Jacob Tremblay‘s nomination for best supporting actor in a male role in Room makes him one the youngest actors to be nominated for a SAG Award.
And while there were some clear snubs including performances in Hateful Eight and Michael Keaton for his turn in Spotlight, there were also a few pleasant surprises. Helen Mirren grabbed two nominations, for Women in Gold and Trumbo, making her the only double nominee among SAG Award hopefuls, while the cast of the biopic Straight Outta Compton earned an unexpected, but well-deserved, spot on the outstanding performance by a cast in a motion picture list.
On the TV side, top favorites including Uzo Aduba (Orange Is the New Black), Edie Falco (Nurse Jackie), Ellie Kemper (Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt), Julia Louis-Dreyfus (Veep), Ty Burrell (Modern Family), Jim Parsons (The Big Bang Theory), Jeffrey Tambor (Transparent), Jon Hamm (Mad Men), Kevin Spacey (House of Cards), Claire Danes (Homeland), Viola Davis (How to Get Away with Murder) and Julianna Margulies (The Good Wife) scored lead acting nods.
In the battle for outstanding TV drama ensemble, Downton Abbey, Game of Thrones, Homeland, House of Cards and Mad Men will square off. The outstanding TV comedy ensemble, meanwhile, features a showdown among Big Bang Theory, Key & Peele, Modern Family, Orange Is the New Black, Transparent and Veep.
Modern Family once again solidified its spot on the nominee list, earning two nods, with Orange Is the New Black, Homeland and The Big Bang Theory on its heels.
Presented by the actors union, SAG-AFTRA, the awards – to be given Jan. 30 – honor acting in film and TV in 13 categories. Like the Golden Globes before it, the SAG Awards act as a fairly consistent predictive measure for future Oscar nominees and winners.
“To use a phrase from my chum, Julie Andrews, I’m gobsmacked,” Burnett tells PEOPLE of getting the honor. “I am looking forward to seeing all the movie stars. I might bring an autograph book and take my own selfies.”
The 22nd annual Screen Actors Guild Awards will simultaneously air live on TNT and TBS on Saturday, Jan. 30, 2016.
Next up: Thursday’s announcement of the nominees for the 2016 Golden Globe Awards (the ceremony unfolds Jan. 10), and the Jan. 14 announcement of the Academy Award nominations, in anticipation of the Feb. 28 Oscar ceremony.
Keep checking back for the full list of SAG Award nominees.
Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
Beasts of No Nation
The Big Short
Straight Outta Compton
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
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
Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series
Game of Thrones
House of Cards
Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series
The Big Bang Theory
Key & Peel
Orange Is the New Black
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series
Claire Danes, Homeland
Viola Davis, How to Get Away with Murder
Julianna Margulies, The Good Wife
Maggie Smith, Downton Abbey
Robin Wright, House of Cards
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 and Recreation
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries
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 Spoilers Before Dying