This morning the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) announced their outstanding individual performances and ensemble casts in film and television.
You can find out my thoughts on the film nominees after the jump
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role
Steve Carell, Foxcatcher
Benedict Cumberbatch, The Imitation Game
Jake Gyllenhaal, Nightcrawler
Michael Keaton, Birdman
Eddie Redmayne, The Theory of Everything
Very pleased to see Gyllenhaal’s name here. I have been hoping for his recognition ever since I saw Nightcrawler back at TIFF. Yet to see Redmayne in The Theory of Everything, but I find it hard to believe anyone beating out Keaton. He’s…outstanding. Notable exclusions: David Oyelowo for Selma, Ralph Fiennes for The Grand Budapest Hotel and Timothy Spall, Mr Turner. Cumberbatch also received a nomination in the ‘Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a TV Movie or Miniseries’ category for his portrayal of Sherlock Holmes in the series Sherlock.
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role
Jennifer Anniston, Cake
Felicity Jones, The Theory of Everything
Julianne Moore, Still Alice
Rosamund Pike, Gone Girl
Reese Witherspoon, Wild
I haven’t seen Cake or The Theory of Everything but I am not impressed with this list. Moore is superb in Still Alice and should win here from this crowd. Notable exclusion: Marion Cotillard for Two Days, One Night; she has been cleaning up, and Gugu Mbatha-Raw for Beyond the Lights.
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role
Robert Duvall, The Judge
Ethan Hawke, Boyhood
Edward Norton, Birdman
Mark Ruffalo, Foxcatcher
J.K Simmons, Whiplash
Perhaps the strongest field here. This is looking the likely five that gather Oscar nominations. Duvall is excellent in the underrated The Judge, but he looks like the outsider from this group. Simmons and Norton have been getting the love from the critics associations, but this could go to anyone. Hawke and Ruffalo gave my favourite performances from their respective films. Ruffalo also received a nomination in the ‘Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a TV Movie or Miniseries’ category for his performance in the film, The Normal Heart.
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role
Patricia Arquette, Boyhood
Keira Knightley, The Imitation Game
Emma Stone, Birdman
Meryl Streep, Into the Woods
Naomi Watts, St Vincent
What are they thinking here with Meryl Streep? She’s fine in the pretty terrible Into the Woods, but now it seems like she is nominated for participating in a film. Watts nominated for St. Vincent is a big surprise, though she is very funny (and has had a good year – Birdman, While We’re Young). I have liked Keira Knightley a lot this year, but I would not have nominated her for The Imitation Game. This will come down to Arquette and Stone, surely. Notable exclusions: Rene Russo for Nightcrawler and Jessica Chastain for A Most Violent Year.
Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
The Grand Budapest Hotel
The Imitation Game
The Theory of Everything
Great score for Budapest. Usually, if you’re nominated here then a Best Picture nomination awaits. My vote would go to Birdman. It is interesting to note that Gone Girl was not nominated here. I thought the ensemble cast was the BEST element of the otherwise disappointing film. Apart from Pike (above) it has not been a part of the awards discussion.
A list of all the SAG Award nominations (including the television categories) can be found at Deadline.
By Andrew Buckle.