Sunday, January 31, 2016

22nd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards Winners

The show started very-well with wins in TV categories that absolutely approve (lol); then came the first film category, one that had 2 outstanding lead performances that for whatever reasons (we know them, don't we?) ended up as supporting actresses, the one that I was still wondering what could happen and the one where I was rooting for any of the 2 lead actresses to win.

The climax came when Alicia Vikander won for her remarkable lead performance in The Danish Girl and I was very glad, as glad as if Rooney Mara had won. Sigh. After came what was called "big surprise", which I don't think is a suprise as Idris Elba gave an extraordinary performance in Beasts of No Nation, the surprise was AMPAS choosing Stallone instead of Elba, but SAG put the supporting actor into the right context.

While kept being pleased with TV winners, things turned amok with the film categories as was still hoping SAG didn't fall for the DiCaprio and Brie trend but yes, they did. Last, there was no great choice for the ensemble and the actors guild selected to agree with film critics and honor Spotlight. Sigh.

SAG wins tell me that Alicia Vikander most likely will have an Oscar in her future, Oscar supporting actor is an open race, DiCaprio and Larson locked their Oscars plus there could be a race between The Big Short and Spotlight for the top Oscar. Honestly lost Oscars top award interest when Carol was not nominated. Sigh.

To check winners in all categories go official site here. Winners are in *BLUE.

A few moments ago the Screen Actors Guild announced the nominations for outstanding performances in 2015 in five (5) film and eight (8) television categories, as well as the honors for outstanding action performances by film and television stunt ensembles.

My spontaneous reactions after the first and the largest guild nominations (most are Academy members and voters) is that there are too many surprises and not happy that both Rooney Mara and Alicia Vikander went to Supporting instead of Lead. Most are talking about the absence of Oscar front-runners in the Cast category, believe that Spotlight and The Big Short were already contenders and yes perhaps those missing are films like The Martian, Mad Max: Fury Road, and more I can't recall right now.

The most incredible snubs for me are Jennifer Lawrence in Joy and Kristen Stewart in Clouds of Sils Maria. Then it's an incredible achievement and surprise to find Helen Mirren with two nominations, one for Lead and another for Supporting.  Will not deny that I highly enjoy her performance in Woman in Gold, so shouldn't be a surprise but there was no reliable buzz that could predict this honor. Then Sarah Silverman instead of Lily Tomlin or Blythe Danner, for example, is quite incomprehensible for me.  Also with two (2) nominations Mark Rylance, one from TV and the other in Film.

Trumbo leads with three (3) nominations

Theatrical Motion Pictures

Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture

Beasts of No Nation: Abraham Attah, Kurt Egyiawan, and Idris Elba

The Big Short: Christian Bale, Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling, Melissa Leo, Hamish Linklater, John Magaro, Brad Pitt, Rafe Spall, Jeremy Strong, Marisa Tomei, and Finn Wittrock

*Spotlight: Billy Crudup, Brian D'Arcy James, Michael Keaton, Rachel McAdams, Mark Ruffalo, Liev Schreiber, John Slatery, and Stanley Tucci

Straight Outta Compton: Neil Brown, Paul Giamatti, Corey Hawkins, Aldis Hodge, O'Shea Jackson Jr., and Jason Mitchel

Trumbo: Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Louis C. K., Bryan Cranston, David James Elliot, Elle Fanning, John Goodman, Diane Lane, Helen Mirren, Michael Stuhlbarg, and Alan Tudyk

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role
Cate Blanchett in Carol
*Brie Larson in Room
Helen Mirren in Woman in Gold
Saoirse Ronan in Brooklyn
Sarah Silverman in I Smile Back

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role
Rooney Mara in Carol
Rachel McAdams in Spotlight
Helen Mirren in Trumbo
*Alicia Vikander in The Danish Girl
Kate Winslet in Steve Jobs

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role
Bryan Cranston in Trumbo
Johnny Depp in Black Mass
*Leonardo DiCaprio in The Revenant
Michael Fassbender in Steve Jobs
Eddie Redmayne in The Danish Girl

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role
Christian Bale in The Big Short
*Idris Elba in Beasts of No Nation
Mark Rylance in Bridge of Spies
Michael Shannon in 99 Homes
Jacob Tremblay in Room

Carol Burnett – comedic trailblazer, actor, singer, dancer, producer and author – has been named the 52nd recipient of SAG-AFTRA's highest tribute: the SAG Life Achievement Award for career achievement and humanitarian accomplishment. Burnett is known for her comedic and dramatic roles on television, film and Broadway, most notably The Carol Burnett Show. She counts multiple Emmys®, a special Tony®, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, a Kennedy Center Honor and the Mark Twain Prize for Humor among her preeminent industry and public honors.

To check nominations for TV and Stunts go to the official site here. Have to comment that is quite remarkable that Mad Max: Fury Road got NO major nomination in the main categories and the only nod is in the Stunt Ensemble in a Motion Picture, sigh.

Nevertheless undoubtedly this awards season will be interesting to follow as nothing makes sense up to this moment and we are almost in mid-December. Let's see what happens tomorrow with the Golden Globes nominations maybe we could start to see some clarity into this mess.

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