It may be the most wonderful time of the year in other ways, but movies opening on or around Christmas traditionally face a significant hurdle when it comes to landing SAG Awards nominations. Voting for this year’s SAG Awards nominations closed Dec. 7, putting films opening later in December at a competitive disadvantage, and, as in years past, the nominations largely reflected that.
But beyond that, December movies came up completely empty-handed. The Will Smith-starring NFL drama “Concussion,” David O. Russell’s “Joy” and Quentin Tarantino’s Western “The Hateful Eight” all got no love.
It’s easy to overinterpret the lack of a nomination as a sign of a lack of support for a film. In a few instances, studios were unable to make the November deadline to send out screeners to the Screen Actors Guild’s nominating committee, or sent them on the later end. In the case of “The Hateful Eight,” Tarantino insisted that the movie be seen on the big screen, SAG Awards odds be damned.
WINNER: cast in a motion picture; NOMINATED: female supporting actor - Rachel McAdams(Kerry Hayes / TNS)
WINNER: male lead actor - Leonardo DiCaprio(Twentieth Century Fox / TNS)
WINNER: female lead actor - Brie Larson; NOMINATED: male supporting actor - Jacob Tremblay(Ruth Hurl / TNS)
WINNER: ensemble in a drama series; NOMINATED: female actor in a drama series - Maggie Smith(Joss Barratt / Carnival Film & Television/PBS)
WINNER: male actor in a drama series - Kevin Spacey; NOMINATED: ensemble in a drama series; female actor in a drama series - Robin Wright(David Giesbrecht / Netflix)
WINNER: female actor in a drama series - Viola Davis(Mitchell Haaseth / ABC)
WINNER: male actor in a television movie or miniseries - Idris Elba(Steffan Hill / AP)
WINNER: female actor in a television movie or miniseries - Queen Latifah(Frank Masi / AP)
WINNER: Male supporting actor - Idris Elba; NOMINATED: Cast in a motion picture(Netflix / TNS)
WINNER: Female supporting actor - Alicia Vikander; NOMINATED: Male lead actor - Eddie Redmayne(Focus Features)
WINNER: Male actor in a comedy series - Jeffrey Tambor; NOMINEE: Ensemble in a comedy series;
WINNER: Ensemble in a comedy series; female actor - Uzo Aduba(JoJo Whilden / Netflix / TNS)
NOMINATED: male lead actor - Johnny Depp(Netflix / TNS)
NOMINATED: cast in a motion picture; male supporting actor - Christian Bale(Paramount Pictures / TNS)
NOMINATED: female lead actor - Saoirse Ronan(Kerry Brown / Twentieth Century Fox)
NOMINATED: female lead actor - Cate Blanchett; female supporting actor - Rooney Mara(Wilson Webb / The Weinstein Company)
NOMINATED: ensemble in a drama series; male actor in a drama series - Peter Dinklage; stunt ensemble in a drama or comedy series(Macall B. Polay / HBO)
NOMINATED: cast in a motion picture(Jaimie Trueblood / Universal Pictures)
NOMINATED: ensemble in a comedy series; male actor in a comedy series - Ty Burrell(Eric McCandless / ABC)
NOMINATED: male lead actor - Michael Fassbender; female supporting actor - Kate Winslet(Francois Duhamel / Universal Studios)
NOMINATED: cast in a motion picture; male lead actor - Bryan Cranston; female supporting actor - Helen Mirren(Hilary Bronwyn Gayle / Bleecker Street)
NOMINATED: ensemble in a comedy series; female actor in a comedy series - Julia Louis-Dreyfus(Patrick Harbron / HBO)
As for gauging the SAG Awards nominations’ implications for the Oscar race, when it comes to December releases, there too things can be murkier than they appear. Last year, Paramount Pictures missed the deadline to send screeners of its Christmas release “Selma" to the nominating committee and the film scored no nominations but still went on to score a best picture nomination from the Academy. The same thing happened with Tarantino’s “Django Unchained” and Martin Scorsese’s “The Wolf of Wall Street,” among numerous other examples.
With the Golden Globes nominations coming tomorrow, an awards season that has thus far been unusually hard to read should start to come into greater focus. But this early in the race, any sweeping analysis should be taken with a grain of salt.