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“Manchester by the Sea” leads a shocking Screen Actors Guild nomination list

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Just a few short moments ago, the nominations for the Screen Actors Guild (or SAG) awards were announced. They mark the first of the guilds, which actually are solid barometers for Oscar. More so than a critics group or random awards body, this guild, along with the others, includes actual members of the Academy. As such, you have to consider what they opt to do, and today they opted to do some very interesting things. The list of nominees will be shown momentarily, but first, I want to sift through some of the shocks that the announcement left us with, as they definitely rocked the precursor boat, at least a little bit.

Of note, Manchester by the Sea led the way with four nominations from SAG. Kenneth Lonergan’s film showed up everywhere it was expected to. The same goes for Moonlight from Barry Jenkins, which scored three nominations. Fences also received three citations, more or less satisfying fans of Denzel Washington’s movie. Among the two nod crew, they include Captain Fantastic, Florence Foster Jenkins, Hacksaw Ridge, Hidden Figures, and Lion. La La Land also received only two noms, but more on that in a bit, as that was one of the more noteworthy events from the announcement. Basically, as per the usual, Manchester by the Sea and Moonlight get the bulk of the nominations, with La La Land sitting back, hoping it’s still the far and away frontrunner.

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SAG opted to throw some surprises our way this morning. There were two types of surprises, one having to do with inclusions and one having to do with exclusions. The snubs included Hell or High Water, La La Land, and Lion in Best Cast Ensemble, Joel Edgerton (for Loving) and Tom Hanks (for Sully) in Best Actor, Annette Bening (for 20th Century Women), Jessica Chastain (for Miss Sloane), Isabelle Huppert (for Elle), and Ruth Negga (for Loving) in Best Actress, Ben Foster (for Hell or High Water) and Michael Shannon (for Nocturnal Animals) in Best Supporting Actor, and Greta Gerwig (for 20th Century Women) in Best Supporting Actress. Plenty of those nominations were expected, so folks have to be thrown for a loop.

In terms of inclusions, there were a few shocks to be found. They included Captain Fantastic getting into Best Cast Ensemble, Viggo Mortensen (for Captain Fantastic) getting into Best Actor, and Emily Blunt (for The Girl on the Train) getting into Best Actress. The two Supporting categories essentially stuck with frontrunners, while oddly enough Best Stunt Ensemble included Nocturnal Animals in their lineup. SAG usually throws some curveballs, and this year was no exception. We’ll have to wait and see if they continue as a trend or die here on this hill, but they’re certainly worth taking note of. You’ll see the nominations below, but I wanted to make you all aware of those instances up front.

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Here now are the full Screen Actors Guild nominations for film:

Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture:

Captain Fantastic
Fences
Hidden Figures
Manchester by the Sea
Moonlight

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 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 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 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 Stunt Ensemble in a Motion Picture:

Captain America: Civil War
Doctor Strange
Hacksaw Ridge
Jason Bourne
Nocturnal Animals

Quickly, some dime store analysis. This doesn’t change much in my mind, Best Picture wise. La La Land is still the one to beat overall, but this more or less cements Moonlight as the alternative and prime competition. SAG also put a small stop to the Hell or High Water momentum that was building everywhere. Fences, Manchester by the Sea, and Moonlight are the three nominees from Ensemble that seem locked in for Best Picture nominations with Oscar. Hidden Figures is definitely in the conversation too. As for Captain Fantastic, it’s a really cool honor, but probably not enough to get it up there with the Academy. It could help get Viggo Mortensen into Best Actor though, so watch out there. There will be plenty more to say about the precursors, so sit tight folks…

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Stay tuned to see what the other guilds do now that SAG has chimed in!

About Joey Magidson

A graduate of Stony Brook University (where he studied Cinema and Cultural Studies), resides in Brooklyn, New York. He also contributes to several other film-related websites.

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