It took two to make a thing go right with the nominating committee of the Screen Actors Guild on Wednesday morning, as multiple films gained recognition for acting duos. “Steve Jobs,” “The Danish Girl,” “Trumbo,” “Carol” and “Room” all received two nominations in individual acting categories.
Even “Beasts of No Nation” received a nomination for Idris Elba as supporting actor alongside a cast nomination, which listed just three actors. This seemed to recognize the intense onscreen dynamic between Elba and young actor Abraham Attah in writer-director Cary Fukunaga’s story of a West African military commander and the boy soldier who becomes his charge.
The nominated pairings represented a broad range of relationship dynamics, from romantic to adversarial. In “Steve Jobs,” Michael Fassbender plays the tech tycoon with Kate Winslet in the role of Joanna Hoffman, a marketing executive and confidant often referred to as a “work wife.” Fassbender was nominated for lead actor, with Winslet nominated for supporting actress.
Eddie Redmayne, nominated for lead, plays Lili Elbe in in Tom Hooper’s “The Danish Girl,” the fact-based story of one of earliest recipients of sex reassignment surgery. Alicia Vikander, nominated for supporting actress, plays Gerda Wegener, the artist married to Elbe as she undergoes her transition.
Cate Blanchett was nominated for lead actress for her performance in the title role of “Carol,” with Rooney Mara nominated for supporting. In the film, directed by Todd Haynes and adapted from a novel by Patricia Highsmith, the pair play women in 1950s New York who initiate a romance that alters their lives.
In “Room,” directed by Lenny Abrahamson and adapted by Emma Donoghue from her novel, Brie Larson plays a kidnapped woman with young Jacob Tremblay as the son she gives birth to while living for years as a captive. Larson was nominated for lead actress, while Tremblay, all of 7 years old when the film was shot, was nominated for supporting actor.
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Many predicted the strong performance of “The Martian’s” big-name cast would lead to both an ensemble nomnation and a nod for lead actor Matt Damon. The film was not recognized in any category.(Aidan Monaghan / Twentieth Century Fox)
While early reviews are mixed for “Joy,” many assumerd Jennifer Lawrence’s strong performance would lead to a fourth individual SAG Award nod. Neither Lawrence nor the film earned any nominations.(20th Century Fox)
Sarah Silverman left her comedic comfort zone for her role in “I Smile Back” and it paid off with a surprise nomination in the lead female actor category.(Broad Green Pictures)
“Beasts of No Nation” earned both an ensemble nod and a supporting actor nomination for Idris Elba. That Netflix’s first foray into film earned an ensemble nomination over a movie like “The Martian” is a feat worth noting.(Netflix )
Both Helen Mirren and Bryan Cranston have very deep SAG Awards resumes, but “Trumbo’s” ensemble performace nomination, on top of the individual recognition for both actors, still came as a surprise.(Hilary Bronwyn Gayle / Bleecker Street Media)
In a double surprise, Helen Mirren also earned a lead actress nomination for “Woman in Gold.”(Robert Viglasky / The Weinstein Company)
While the cast of “Spotlight” earned a nomination in the ensemble category, the lone individual performace to be recognized was Rachel McAdams’, for supporting actress.(Kerry Hayes )
Many considered “Straight Outta Compton” a long shot in the awards race, but the film earned a coveted ensemble performance nomination.(Jaimie Trueblood / Universal Pictures)
While not entirely unexpected, “The Hateful Eight” came away with no nominations.(Andrew Cooper / The Weinstein Company)
The SAG Awards completely overlooked “Empire,” including Taraji P. Henson, whose performace as fan-favorite Cookie Lyon lead to a 2015 Emmy nomination.(Chuck Hodes / FOX)
Although the SAG Awards recognized the ensemble of one that is Tatiana Maslany with a 2015 nomination, she was crowded out this year from the lead drama actress field.(BBC America)
That sketch-comedy series “Key and Peele” earned its first comedy ensemble nomination may not necessarily be surprising but is definitely notable as one of two newcomers in a field of returning favorites.(Danny Feld / Comedy Central)
There was no love for “Fargo” from the SAG Awards, which had to compete in the drama series category (for the 2015 awards “Fargo” was considered a miniseries).(Chris Large / FX)
The SAG Awards drama ensemble nods all went to previously nominated series, meaning new shows like “The Leftovers” were left out of the race.(Paul Schiraldi / HBO)
Ever since the film began playing on the fall festival circuit, it seemed the two stars of “Room” had a special bond not just on-screen but off-screen too.
After the nominations on Wednesday morning, Larson released a statement, “This is a HUGE honor, made even more special because I’ll get to share the evening with Jacob. Best date EVER!”
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