2015 Screen Actors Guild Awards Nominations Announced: ‘Birdman’ Leads the Way

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2015 Screen Actors Guild Award Nominations
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The 2015 Screen Actors Guild nominations were announced this morning by Ansel Elgort (The Fault in Our Stars) and Eva Longoria and it was a bid day for Birdman, leading the way with four nominations, missing out only on a leading female actor nomination, a role the film doesn’t really have.

Following Birdman is Boyhood, The Imitation Game and The Theory of Everything with three nominations each and Benedict Cumberbatch is the actor of the hour, scoring nominations as part of the Imitation Game ensemble as well as a lead actor nomination and a nomination for his performance in “Sherlock“.

The most baffling nomination of the lot is the one for Naomi Watts, whose work in St. Vincent is hardly worthy of a nomination, serving as the only sore spot in a film that even those that liked it didn’t really like. The nomination for Robert Duvall in The Judge is a little bit of a surprise given the overall dislike for the film, but he and Robert Downey Jr. give good performances in that film and share one specific great moment, making the nomination easier to understand.

Otherwise, I like seeing Jake Gyllenhaal scoring a nomination for Nightcrawler as he and Timothy Spall (Mr. Turner) might be battling all season for the final nomination slot in the Best Actor category and the nomination for Steve Carell (Foxcatcher) certainly helps his chances for a film that seems to be slipping in the ranks.

The SAG committee also gave Jennifer Aniston a nomination for her Cake performance, a nomination that is looking more and more like a possibility at the Oscars. Then again, SAG was far more likely to go with either her or Hilary Swank (The Homesman) than they were for Marion Cotillard (Two Days, One Night), which might end up the difference between SAG and the Oscars and we also don’t want to forget about Jessica Chastain (A Most Violent Year).

No nomination for Selma anywhere is rather baffling I have to say. I saw the film yesterday and it is definitely going to be a very strong contender for Best Picture and Best Actor (David Oyelowo) so it’s complete absence here is more than a little surprising. Word is the screen filmed late for the SAG voting committee but with the Golden Globe nominations coming tomorrow we’ll see if they too snub Ava DuVernay‘s film.

I have included the complete theatrical and primetime television nominations directly below. The 21st Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards ceremony will take place on January 25, 2015.

THEATRICAL MOTION PICTURES

Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture

  • Birdman
  • Boyhood
  • The Grand Budapest Hotel
  • The Imitation Game
  • The Theory of Everything

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role

  • Steve Carell (Foxcatcher)
  • Beendict Cumberbatch (The Imitation Game)
  • Michael Keaton (Birdman)
  • Eddie Redmayne (The Theory of Everything)
  • Jake Gyllenhaal (Nightcrawler)

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role

  • Jennifer Aniston (Cake)
  • Felicity Jones (The Theory of Everything)
  • Julianne Moore (Still Alice)
  • Rosamund Pike (Gone Girl)
  • Reese Witherspoon (Wild)

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role

  • Robert Duvall (The Judge)
  • Ethan Hawke (Boyhood)
  • Edward Norton (Birdman)
  • Mark Ruffalo (Foxcatcher)
  • J.K. Simmons (Whiplash)

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role

  • Patricia Arquette (Boyhood)
  • Keira Knightley (The Imitation Game)
  • Emma Stone (Birdman)
  • Meryl Streep (Into the Woods)
  • Naomi Watts (St. Vincent)

Outstanding Action Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Motion Picture

  • Fury
  • Get On Up
  • The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies
  • Unbroken
  • X-Men: Days of Future Past

PRIMETIME TELEVISION

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries

  • Adrien Brody (“Houdini”)
  • Benedict Cumberbatch(“Sherlock: His Last Vow”)
  • Richard Jenkins (“Olive Kitteridge”)
  • Mark Ruffalo(“The Normal Heart”)
  • Billy Bob Thornton (“Fargo”)

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries

  • Ellen Burstyn (“Flowers in the Attic”)
  • Maggie Gyllenahall(“The Honourable Woman”)
  • Frances McDormand(“Olive Kitteridge”)
  • Julia Roberts(“The Normal Heart”)
  • Cicely Tyson (“The Trip to Bountiful”)

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series

  • Steve Buscemi (“Boardwalk Empire”)
  • Peter Dinklage (“Game of Thrones”)
  • Woody Harrelson (“True Detective”)
  • Mattew McConaughey (“True Detective”)
  • Kevin Spacey (“House of Cards”)

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series

  • Claire Danes (“Homeland”)
  • Viola Davis (“How to Get Away with Murder”)
  • Julianna Margulies (“The Good Wife”)
  • Tatiana Maslany (“Orphan Black”)
  • Maggie Smith (“Downton Abbey”)
  • Robin Wright (“House of Cards”)

Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series

  • “Boardwalk Empire”
  • “Downton Abbey”
  • “Game of Thrones”
  • “Homeland”
  • “House of Cards”

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series

  • Ty Burrell (“Modern Family”)
  • Louis C.K. (“Louie”)
  • William H. Macy (“Shameless”)
  • Jim Parsons (“The Big Bang Theory”)
  • Eric Stonestreet (“Modern Family”)

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series

  • Uzo Aduba (“Orange is the New Black”)
  • Julie Bowen (“Modern Family”)
  • Edie Falco (“Nurse Jackie”)
  • Julia Louis-Dreyfus (“Veep”)
  • Amy Poehler (“Parks and Recreation”)

Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series

  • “Big Ban Theory”
  • “Brooklyn Nine-Nine”
  • “Modern Family”
  • “Orange is the New Black”
  • “Veep”

Outstanding Action Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Television Series

  • “24: Live Another Day”
  • “Boardwalk Empire”
  • “Game of Thrones”
  • “Homeland”
  • “Sons of Anarchy”
  • “The Walking Dead”

Screen Actors Guild 51st Annual Life Achievement Award

  • Debbie Reynolds

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