From left: Rachel McAdams; Mark Ruffalo; Brian d’Arcy; Michael Keaton and John Slattery in “Spotlight.” (Kerry Hayes/Open Road Films)

Award season has officially started. The Screen Actors Guild nominations, generally the best predictor of the Oscars (at least until the Golden Globes nominees are announced Thursday), were revealed on Wednesday morning.

“Trumbo,” the political drama about a blacklisted Hollywood screenwriter in the 1940s, leads the nominations with three, including ensemble in a motion picture and leading actor nods for Bryan Cranston and Helen Mirren.

The ensemble cast category — somewhat of a parallel for potential best picture nominees — was quite varied, as award season favorite “Spotlight” got a much-predicted spot. It competes with “Straight Outta Compton,” the hit drama following rap group N.W.A., and “The Big Short,” the star-studded (but under-the-radar) movie centered on the 2008 financial crisis. They’ll also compete with “Beasts of No Nation,” a Netflix original about a child soldier.

The acting categories were much more predictable, with Johnny Depp (“Black Mass”), Leonardo DiCaprio (“The Revenant”) and Eddie Redmayne (“The Danish Girl”) all getting nods, along with Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara (“Carol”), Brie Larson (“Room”) and Alicia Vikander (“The Danish Girl”). And no, rough reviews for “Steve Jobs” didn’t completely tank the film — both Michael Fassbender and Kate Winslet scored nominations.

On the television side, the list reads similar to the most recent Emmy awards, as favorites “Veep,” “Transparent,” “House of Cards,” “Mad Men,” and “Modern Family” all landed ensemble nominations — though Comedy Central’s “Key and Peele” was a newcomer to the comedy category. The acting lists were fairly standard with prestige dramas, though newcomers Ellie Kemper (Netflix’s “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt”) and Rami Malek (USA’s “Mr. Robot”) were both nominated for their freshman season shows.

Some notable snubs: “Joy,” the Jennifer Lawrence-David O. Russell collaboration with lots of Oscar buzz, got zero nominations; and nothing for Matt Damon, who received raves for headlining “The Martian.”

Here’s a complete list of nominees. The SAG Awards air Saturday, Jan. 30 on TNT and TBS.


Ensemble Cast in a Motion Picture
“Beasts of No Nation”
“The Big Short”
“Straight Outta Compton”

Male Actor in Leading Role
Bryan Cranston, “Trumbo”
Johnny Depp, “Black Mass”
Leonardo DiCaprio, “The Revenant”
Michale Fassbender, “Steve Jobs”
Eddie Redmayne, “The Danish Girl”

Female Actor in a Leading Role
Cate Blanchett, “Carol”
Brie Larson, “Room”
Helen Mirren, “Woman in Gold”
Saoirse Ronan, “Brooklyn”
Sarah Silverman, “I Smile Back”

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

Female Actor in a Supporting Role
Rooney Mara, “Carol”
Rachel McAdams “Spotlight”
Helen Mirren, “Trumbo”
Alicia Vikander, “The Danish Girl”
Kate Winslet, “Steve Jobs”


Ensemble in a Comedy Series
“The Big Bang Theory” (CBS)
“Key and Peele” (Comedy Central)
“Modern Family” (ABC)
“Orange is the New Black” (Netflix)
“Transparent” (Amazon)
“Veep” (HBO)

Ensemble Cast in a Drama Series
“Downton Abbey” (PBS)
“Game of Thrones” (HBO)
“Homeland” (Showtime)
“House of Cards” (Netflix)
“Mad Men” (AMC)

Male Actor in a Comedy Series
Ty Burrell, “Modern Family” (ABC)
Louis C.K., “Louie” (FX)
William H. Macy, “Shameless” (Showtime)
Jim Parsons, “The Big Bang Theory” (CBS)
Jeffrey Tambor, “Transparent” (Amazon)

Female Actor in a Comedy Series
Uzo Aduba, “Orange is the New Black” (Netflix)
Edie Falco, “Nurse Jackie” (Showtime)
Ellie Kemper, “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” (Netflix)
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, “Veep” (HBO)
Amy Poehler, “Parks and Recreation” (NBC)

Female Actor in a Drama Series
Claire Danes, “Homeland” (Showtime)
Viola Davis, “How to Get Away With Murder” (ABC)
Julianna Margulies, “The Good Wife” (CBS)
Maggie Smith, “Downton Abbey” (PBS)
Robin Wright, “House of Cards” (Netflix)

Male Actor in a Drama Series
Peter Dinklage, “Game of Thrones” (HBO)
Jon Hamm, “Mad Men” (AMC)
Rami Malek, “Mr. Robot” (USA)
Bob Odenkirk, “Better Call Saul” (AMC)
Kevin Spacey, “House of Cards” (Netflix)

Male Actor in a TV Movie or Miniseries
Idris Elba, “Luther” (BBC America)
Ben Kingsley, “Tut” (Spike)
Ray Liotta, “Texas Rising” (History)
Bill Murray, “A Very Murray Christmas” (Netflix)
Mark Rylance, “Wolf Hall” (PBS)

Female Actor in a TV Movie or Miniseries
Nicole Kidman, “Grace of Monaco” (Lifetime)
Queen Latifah, “Bessie” (HBO)
Christina Ricci, “The Lizzi Borden Chronicles” (Lifetime)
Susan Sarandon, “The Secret Life of Marilyn Monroe” (Lifetime)
Kristin Wiig, “The Spoils Before Dying” (IFC)

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