Dec 112014


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.


  2 Responses to “SAG Award Nominations”

  1. Always surprises me that actors more often than not make the safest choices when it comes to honouring great performances. Still, happy to see awards season surprises Aniston, Gyllenhaal and Watts nominated (though Watts has no shot at an Oscar nom). Apparently SAG voters didn’t get Selma screeners so don’t count Oyelowo out of the Best Actor race but at this stage I think Keaton, Redmayne (unseen) and Cumberbatch (not worthy) are Oscar locks. This nomination helps Gyllenhaal a lot. And like you, I’m hoping for some Cotillard love at the Oscars. Agree with your thoughts on Streep, too. If you want to honour Into The Woods, nominate Emily Blunt. Plus there are many more worthy supporting turns than Streep and Knightley (Tilda Swinton, Carmen Ejogo, Russo?).

    • Gyllenhaal is still the outsider I think, but I really want him to be there. Everything I heard about ‘Cake’ was not good, so I am very surprised to see Aniston nominated. Nobody from Into the Woods should be nominated for acting – Swinton in Snowpiercer or Only Lovers Left Alive would be a much more appropriate nomination.

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