No screener. No nominations.
For the Record
Dec. 11, 2:30 p.m.: This article says that Screen Actors Guild Awards voters received free Netflix subscriptions in order to watch the streaming service's film "Beasts of No Nation" for consideration. On Dec. 11, Netflix reported that it did not provide free subscriptions to SAG voters.
For "The Big Short,"
The effort paid off Wednesday with a nomination for top cast performance and for supporting actor
Roughly 2,200 randomly selected Screen Actors Guild members vote for the group's film nominations. Studios schedule screenings for these members in Los Angeles and New York, which include a maximum of four events featuring Q&As with the cast and filmmakers. One awards consultant, who asked not to be identified because of the sensitive nature of the subject, estimates that even the most popular movies draw fewer than 1,000 voters to theaters.
"If you don't have a DVD, you might as well not run a campaign for SAG," the consultant says. "And that's a shame. Movies deserve to be seen on a big screen, the way the filmmaker intended."
Because SAG votes so early, it's best to think of these nominations as a snapshot of the Oscar race — taken two weeks ago. Those recognized should feel great. But some probably shouldn't get too comfortable. A few thoughts on those nominated and those ignored:
"Beasts of No Nation": The ensemble nomination for Cary Fukunaga's war drama was one of the day's biggest surprises, if only because there are just three actors —
The "Beasts'" ensemble nomination stands as a tribute to Fukunaga's challenging film about child soldiers in Africa as well as Netflix's savvy marketing and the wide availability of the movie on the streaming service. (SAG voters get free subscriptions.) Elba's inclusion in the supporting actor category cements his standing as a likely nominee with the academy too.
The Oscars will again be pretty white, but not uniformly so.
"The Martian": If the inclusion of "Beasts" was a surprise, the omission of Ridley Scott's space survival saga "The Martian" came as the morning's biggest shock. A nomination for the movie's sprawling name-brand ensemble, including Matt Damon, Jessica Chastain, Kristen Wiig, Jeff Daniels and
Instead, the blacklist drama "Trumbo" and its lead, the popular
Damon, meanwhile, seems to be penalized again for his ability to make his acting look effortless. It's not really that easy, people. But that understated style usually doesn't win awards.
Sarah Silverman: "I Smile Back," the Silverman-topped drama featuring the comedian in a raw turn as a reckless woman dealing with depression, has taken in $58,738 since opening in a few theaters in October and has just a 55 Rotten Tomatoes score. But obviously enough SAG voters saw the movie and liked her committed performance ahead of the likes of
Again, the calendar probably doomed Lawrence and Rampling. That and SAG loves an actress suffering against type. (Remember Jennifer Aniston for "Cake" last year.)
Sylvester Stallone: No love for Rocky or