The Screen Actor’s Guild revealed their nominations this morning, and clearly had a lot of love for Moonlight, Fences, Manchester By The Sea, Hidden Figures and the Viggo Mortensen led indie Captain Fantastic; all were present in SAG’s Best Ensemble Cast line up, which is their Best Picture prize so to speak.
Manchester By The Sea was beloved especially; it raked in four nominations for lead actor Casey Affleck, Michelle Williams, newcomer Lucas Hedges and the ensemble. Moonlight was not far behind with three nominations for Mahershala Ali, Naomie Harris and the ensemble. That one nomination may stick out to others, but there is no true lead performance in Moonlight like Affleck’s in Manchester. Both films are definitely out in front at this point.
Left out of Best Ensemble was frontrunner La La Land which really isn’t an ensemble so to speak. Still, that hasn’t stopped SAG from recognizing films here in the past, so it does raise a few eyebrows. Both Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone landed nominations in Best Actor and Actress respectively. This is good news for both Manchester and Moonlight though, as it shows there’s some weakness where the actor’s branch (which is the largest voting block in the Academy) is concerned with La La Land.
Hidden Figures managed a nomination for Octavia Spencer and the ensemble cast which bodes well for a Best Picture nomination. Taraji P. Henson did not make it into Best Actress, but that category is such a mess now (see below) that I think there’s a lot of fluidity that could help her sneak in at the Oscars, especially because the film is opening so late. The love from the actors for the ensemble could push her over the edge.
Now, Best Actress… SAG threw a wrench into the fire with this category. They historically always nominate one oddball choice here per year (last year it was Sarah Silverman for I Smile Back) and this year it’s Emily Blunt in The Girl On The Train. And while I doubt Blunt will repeat at the Oscars, Meryl Streep’s performance from Florence Foster Jenkins got in over Isabelle Huppert, Annette Bening and Ruth Negga. Huppert has a better shot at being nominated by the Oscars based on her profile and the buzz of the film, but this does hurt Bening’s and Negga’s chances a lot. Natalie Portman, fresh off of her Critic’s Choice win, looks poised for another victory but a win for Emma Stone wouldn’t be so surprising either. As I said before, this will be a photo finish race.
Read the full list of nominations below.
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role:
- Amy Adams, Arrival
- Emily Blunt, The Girl On The Train
- Natalie Portman, Jackie
- Emma Stone, La La Land
- Meryl Streep, Florence Foster Jenkins
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role:
- Casey Affleck, Manchester By The Sea
- Andrew Garfield, Hacksaw Ridge
- Ryan Gosling, La La Land
- Viggo Mortensen, Captain Fantastic
- Denzel Washington, Fences
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role:
- Viola Davis, Fences
- Naomie Harris, Moonlight
- Nicole Kidman, Lion
- Octavia Spencer, Hidden Figures
- Michelle Williams, Manchester By The Sea
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role:
- Mahershala Ali, Moonlight
- Jeff Bridges, Hell or High Water
- Hugh Grant, Florence Foster Jenkins
- Lucas Hedges, Manchester By The Sea
- Dev Patel, Lion
Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture:
- Captain Fantastic
- Hidden Figures
- Manchester By The Sea
Outstanding Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Motion Picture:
- Captain America: Civil War
- Dr. Strange
- Hacksaw Ridge
- Jason Bourne
- Nocturnal Animals