'Trumbo' leads SAG noms in murky awards season

The Hollywood blacklist drama "Trumbo" scored a leading three Screen Actors Guild Awards nominations Wednesday, and sleeper contenders "Beasts of No Nation" and "Straight Outta Compton" entered the awards conversation in a real way when both were nominated for best ensemble drama.

"Beasts of No Nation" star Idris Elba was also nominated for best supporting actor, as well as for his role in TV's "Luther." Other best ensemble nominees included "Spotlight" and "The Big Short."

The nominations helped bring a murky awards season into a bit more focus, and SAG's choices highlighted a few underdog performances.

Leading female performance nominees included Cate Blanchett ("Carol"), Brie Larson ("Room") and Saoirse Ronan ("Brooklyn"), all of whom have dominated awards buzz, but also Sarah Silverman ("I Smile Back") and Helen Mirren ("Woman in Gold"). Mirren was also nominated for a supporting performance for "Trumbo."

The lead actor nominees were more expected, with recognition for Bryan Cranston ("Trumbo"), Johnny Depp ("Black Mass"), Leonardo DiCaprio ("The Revenant"), Michael Fassbender ("Steve Jobs") and Eddie Redmayne ("The Danish Girl").

The Screen Actors Guild Awards honor the best film and television performances of the year and have traditionally served as a helpful indicator of potential Oscar acting nominees.

In a year when Hollywood's lack of diversity has become of critical concern following last Oscar's all-white acting slate, the individual performance nominees for movies remained largely monochromatic, save for Elba's supporting nominations.

On the television side, the political drama "House of Cards" led with three nominations, including best drama ensemble, best male performance in a drama for Kevin Spacey and best female performance for Robin Wright.

There were more diverse individual nominees in television than film, though, thanks to nominations for Elba, "Orange Is the New Black's" Uzo Aduba and Viola Davis of "How to Get Away With Murder."

The awards will be broadcast live Jan. 30 from Los Angeles on TNT and TBS.

Full list of nominees:

THEATRICAL MOTION PICTURES

Outstanding performance by a male actor in a leading role:

Bryan Cranston: "Trumbo"

Johnny Depp: "Back Mass"

Leonardo DiCaprio: "The Revenant"

Michael Fassbender : "Steve Jobs"

Eddie Redmayne: "The Danish Girl"

Outstanding performance by a 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"

Outstanding performance by a 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"

Outstanding performance by a female actor in a supporting role:

Rooney Mara: "Carol"

Rachel McAdams: "Spotlight"

Helen Mirren: "Trumbo"

Alicia Vikander: "The Danish Girl"

Kate Winslet: "Steve Jobs"

Outstanding performance by a cast in a motion picture:

"Beast of No Nation"
"The Big Short"
"Spotlight"
"Straight Outta Compton"
"Trumbo"

TELEVISION PROGRAMS

Outstanding performance by a male actor in a television movie or miniseries:

Idris Elba: "Luther"

Ben Kingsley: "Tut"

Ray Liotta: "Texas Rising"

Bill Murray: "A Very Murray Christmas"

Mark Rylance: "Wolf Hall"

Outstanding performance by a female actor in a television movie or miniseries:

Nicole Kidman: "Grace of Monaco"

Queen Latifah: "Bessie"

Christina Ricci: "The Lizzie Borden Chronicles"

Susan Sarandon: "The Secret Life of Marilyn Monroe"

Kristen Wiig: "The Spoils Before Dying"

Outstanding performance by a male actor in a drama series:

Peter Dinklage: "Game of Thrones"

Jon Hamm: "Mad Men"

Rami Malek: "Mr. Robot"

Bob Odenkirk: "Better Call Saul"

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"

Maggie Smith: "Downton Abbey"

Robin Wright: "House of Cards"

Outstanding performance by a male actor in a comedy series:

Ty Burrell: "Modern Family"

Louis C.K.: "Louis"

William H. Macy: "Shameless"

Jim Parsons: "The Big Bang Theory"

Jeffrey Tambor: "Transparent"

Outstanding performance by a female actor in a comedy series:

Uzo Aduba: "Orange Is the New Black"

Edie Falco: "Nurse Jackie"

Ellie Kemper: "The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt"

Julia Louis-Dreyfus: "Veep"

Amy Poehler: "Parks and Recreation"

Outstanding performance by an ensemble in a drama eries:

"Downton Abbey"
"Game of Thrones"
"Homeland"
"House of Cards"
"Mad Men"

Outstanding performance by an ensemble in a comedy series:

"The Big Bang Theory"
"Key & Peele"
"Modern Family"
"Orange Is the New Black"

"Transparent"
"Veep"

STUNT ENSEMBLES

Outstanding action performance by a stunt ensemble in a motion picture:

“Everest”

“Furious 7"

“Jurassic World"

“Mad Max: Fury Road”

“Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation"

Outstanding action performance by a stunt ensemble in a comedy or drama series:

“The Blacklist"

“Game of Thrones"

"Homeland"

“Marvel's Daredevil"

“The Walking Dead"

LIFE ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

52nd annual SAG Life Achievement Award: Carol Burnett

-- Associated Press

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