Biggest Snubs & Surprises at SAG Award Nominations: Silence Gets Silenced While Captain Fantastic Soars
The 2017 Screen Actors Guild award nominations, which were announced Wednesday morning by Common and Sophia Bush, are one of the telling previews for who will have a shot at a coveted Academy Award — but it wouldn’t be awards season without some curveballs.
Were your favorite movies and TV shows overlooked? See the breakdown of the biggest surprises and oversights from this year’s SAG Awards nominations below.
Surprise: Captain Fantastic
Star Viggo Mortensen said it best: “It’s the little movie that could.”
After the actor scored a Golden Globe nomination for his role as the patriarch of a family who is forced to reintegrate into society after living in isolation for a decade, the SAG also honored Mortensen with a nod for outstanding performance by a male actor in a leading role for the summer comedy. In addition, the entire cast was recognized for their work, edging out other ensembles for a spot in the outstanding performance by a cast in a motion picture category.
Snub: La La Land
One of the casts that Captain Fantastic squeezed by? Awards show darling La La Land.
Although Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone did earn nods in their best actor categories, the film didn’t snag a spot in the biggest category. The movie is more of a two-person show than an ensemble-heavy movie, but it’s still surprising that it was left out.
As with the Golden Globes nominations, which were announced Monday, Martin Scorsese‘s buzzed about adaptation of the 1966 novel was completely shut out. Star Andrew Garfield scored a nomination, but it was for his role in Mel Gibson’s directorial return, Hacksaw Ridge. Perhaps its late release hampered its chances at the early awards shows, but there’s still hope for the high-profile drama — Oscar nominations balloting begins on Jan. 5.
Surprise: Emily Blunt
Earning her first ever SAG nomination was the star of The Girl on the Train, in which she played an alcoholic who becomes involved in a missing persons investigation. Although a success at the box office, the thriller hasn’t gained much award show buzz.
Snub: Tom Hanks
Sully got no love from the SAG, and even the veteran actor was passed over for his role as the heroic pilot. His last nomination for the awards show was in 2014 for Captain Phillips, and his last win was back in 1996 for Apollo 13.
Surprise: Lucas Hedges
Although Casey Affleck’s nomination for Manchester By the Sea was to be expected, his costar scoring a nod in the male supporting actor category helped the film lead the rest with the most nominations. Michelle Williams is also up for supporting actress for her work in the movie.
Surprise: Millie Bobby Brown
A welcomed surprise came when the 12-year-old actress’ name was heard during the nominations announcement — even Common and Bush let out a cheer. The Stranger Things star earned audience praise for her turn as Eleven, a girl with supernatural abilities, even gaining enthusiastic celebrity fans such as Aaron Paul, and it was nice to see her get critical recognition as well. Winona Ryder also nabbed a spot in the outstanding performance by a female actor in a drama series, while the entire cast of Stranger Things is up for outstanding ensemble cast.
Surprise: Female Actor in a Drama Series
Many longstanding nominees in the category — including past winners Viola Davis (How to Get Away with Murder), Claire Danes (Homeland) and Julianna Margulies (The Good Wife) — were pushed out by new series. With the additions of Ryder, Brown, Thandie Newton (Westworld) and Claire Foy (The Crown), only Robin Wright (House of Cards) remained.
Although last year’s winner Jeffrey Tambor earned another nod in the outstanding performance by a male actor in a comedy series category for his work on the Amazon series, the rest of the cast was left out. After being up for the outstanding performance by an ensemble in a comedy series award last year, they failed to secure a spot in 2017.
Snub: John Travolta
While Sarah Paulson, Sterling K. Brown and Courtney B. Vance snagged spots for their work in The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story, the man who portrayed lawyer Robert Shapiro.
Surprise: Sterling K. Brown
It’s not a shocker that Brown’s incredible TV work was recognized, but his double nods, for The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story and This Is Us is a welcomed surprise, especially considering that all the men of the NBC fall hit were passed over at the Golden Globes.
The 23rd annual SAG Awards will be handed out on Sunday, Jan. 29 at 8:00 p.m. ET live on TNT and TBS.