SAG Awards nominations: ‘Trumbo’ lands 3; Oscar frontrunners ‘Spotlight,’ Leonardo DiCaprio, Brie Larson in contention

Trumbo” leads the SAG Awards nominations with three bids: Best Ensemble, Best Actor (Bryan Cranston) and Best Supporting Actress (Helen Mirren); Mirren also contends in Best Actress for “Woman in Gold.” 

Oscar frontrunner “Spotlight” did reap a bid for Best Ensemble and a supporting nomination for Rachel McAdams (but no mention of Michael Keaton or Mark Ruffalo). 

Beasts of No Nation” is up for Ensemble and Supporting Actor (Idris Elba). Elba also picked up a bid over on the TV side for his telefilm “Luther.”

Likewise, “The Big Short” cast contends as does featured player Christian Bale

Rounding out the Ensemble category is “Straight Outta Compton.” 

Four films have two individual nominations apiece. 

Oscar frontrunner Brie Larson (“Room“) is up for Best Actress and her on-screen son, Jacob Tremblay, surprised in supporting. 

Last year’s Best Actor winner Eddie Redmayne (“The Theory of Everything”) is back with “The Danish Girl” and his co-star, Alicia Vikander, contends in Supporting Actress.

Carol” co-stars Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara are nominated in lead and supporting respectively. 

And “Steve Jobs” scored for lead Michael Fassbender and supporting actress Kate Winslet

Flying the flag for their films solo are Oscar Best Actor frontrunner Leonardo DiCaprio (“The Revenant“) and rival nominee Johnny Depp (“Black Mass“); Best Actress nominees Saoirse Ronan (“Brooklyn“) and Sarah Silverman (“I Smile Back); and Supporting Actor nominees Mark Rylance (“Bridge of Spies“) and Michael Shannon (“99 Rooms”). 

Among the most notable snubs were leads Matt Damon (“The Martian”) and Jennifer Lawrence (“Joy”) and supporting players Sylvester Stallone (“Creed”) and Jennifer Jason Leigh (“The Hateful Eight”).  While the fellows appear in box office hits, Lawrence and Leigh are in films that were not widely screened for the 2,100 members of the nominating committee. These folks got “Joy” DVDs just days before the Dec. 7 deadline for voting and had to scramble to see “The Hateful Eight” at special screenings. 

However, there is still Oscar hope for these four and the others snubbed by the guild. Historically, the SAG Awards, which began in 1994, offered an uncanny crystal ball to the Oscars. The two kudos usually agreed on 18 to 19 of their 20 acting contenders, but the overlap rate dropped dramatically three years ago after SAG merged with AFTRA. Since then, these precursor prizes have foreseen only 14 of the eventual Oscar nominees in both 2012 and 2013 and 17 last year. 

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