“Trumbo” scored a leading three film nominations Wednesday for the 22nd annual Screen Actors Guild Awards, while “Game of Thrones,” “Homeland” and “House of Cards” each received three nods in television categories.
Idris Elba and Helen Mirren both earned three nominations, with Elba straddling film and television categories for his performances as a West African mercenary who leads a group of boy soldiers in “Beasts of No Nation” and as a homicide detective in the miniseries “Luther,” respectively.
Mirren was nominated for her lead role in “Woman in Gold,” for her supporting role in “Trumbo” and as part of the cast of that film.
In addition to director Jay Roach’s “Trumbo,” the story of a Hollywood screenwriter blacklisted during the McCarthy era, nominees for SAG’s film ensemble award are Tom McCarthy’s”Spotlight,” about The Boston Globe reporting team that investigated sexual abuse by Roman Catholic priests, “The Big Short,” “Beasts of No Nation” and “Straight Outta Compton.”
The SAG ensemble award is the equivalent of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ best picture Oscar.
Leonardo DiCaprio got a best actor nod for his gritty performance in Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu’s “The Revenant.” He will be competing with Michael Fassbender, who portrayed the Apple founder in “Steve Jobs”; Eddie Redmayne for his cross-dressing role in “The Danish Girl”; Bryan Cranston for “Trumbo”; and Johnny Depp as gangster-fugitive “Whitey” Bulger in “Black Mass.”
Mirren’s fellow actress nominees for leading roles are Cate Blanchett for “Carol”; first-time nominee Brie Larson, for her portrayal of a woman held captive with her 5-year-old son in “Room”; Saoirse Ronan for “Brooklyn”; and comedian and first-time nominee Sarah Silverman for “I Smile Back.”
Supporting actor nominations went to Christian Bale for his work in “The Big Short,” which tells the tale of a big bet against the housing market during the 2008 financial crisis; Elba for “Beasts of No Nation,” Mark Rylance for “Bridge of Spies”; Michael Shannon for “99 Homes,” another take on the housing crash; and 9-year-old Jacob Tremblay for his portrayal of the boy held captive with his mother in “Room.”
Mirren’s supporting actress competition includes first-time nominees Rooney Mara for “Carol” and Alicia Vikander for “The Danish Girl,” respectively, along with Rachel McAdams for “Spotlight” and Kate Winslet for “Steve Jobs.”
Universal Pictures collected six nominations — three ahead of any other studio — for SAG honors, which are generally considered a strong predictor of who will score Oscar nominations.
On the small screen, the casts of “The Big Bang Theory,” “Key & Peele,” “Modern Family,” “Orange Is the New Black,” “Transparent” and “Veep” are nominated for outstanding performance by an ensemble in a comedy series. There are six nominees due to a tie.
If four-time ensemble winner “Modern Family” wins again in January, the ABC series starring Ed O’Neill, Julie Bowen and Sofia Vergara would break a tie with “ER” for most ensemble wins.
Among drama series, the nominees are the casts of “Downton Abbey,” “Game of Thrones,” “Homeland,” “House of Cards” and “Mad Men.”
Actors nominated for work in a drama series include Peter Dinklage (“Game of Thrones”), Jon Hamm (“Mad Men”), Rami Malek (“Mr. Robot”), Bob Odenkirk (“Better Call Saul”) and Kevin Spacey (“House of Cards”).
Nine-time nominee and eight-time winner Julianna Margulies (“The Good Wife”) will compete with Claire Danes (“Homeland”), Viola Davis (“How to Get Away with Murder”), Maggie Smith (“Downton Abbey”) and Robin Wright (“House of Cards”).
On the comedy series front, the nominated actresses are Uzo Aduba (“Orange Is the New Black”); Edie Falco who picked up her record-setting 22nd nod for “Nurse Jackie”; Ellie Kemper (“Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt”); 17-time nominee Julia Louis-Dreyfus (“Veep”) and Amy Poehler (“Parks and Recreation”).
Actors competing in the comedy series category are Ty Burrell (“Modern Family”), Louis C.K. (“Louie”), William H. Macy (“Shameless”), Jim Parsons (“The Big Bang”) and Jeffrey Tambor (“Transparent”).
Netflix had a category-beating eight nominations, as many as ABC, CBS and NBC combined. HBO picked up six and cable rival Showtime landed five.
Nicole Kidman (“Grace of Monaco”), Queen Latifah (“Bessie”), Susan Sarandon (“The Secret Life of Marilyn Monroe”), Kristen Wiig (“The Spoils Before Dying”) and Christina Ricci (“The Lizzie Borden Chronicles”) garnered nods for their performances in a TV movie or miniseries.
Actors nominated in the TV movie or miniseries category include Elba for “Luther,” Ben Kingsley (“Tut”), Ray Liotta (“Texas Rising”), Bill Murray for his holiday variety special “A Very Murray Christmas” and Mark Rylance (“Wolf Hall”).
In the category of outstanding action performance by a stunt ensemble in a motion picture, the nominees are the teams that worked on “Everest,” “Furious 7,” “Jurassic World,” “Mad Max: Fury Road,” and “Mission: Impossible-Rogue Nation.” On the television side, nods went to the stunt ensembles working on “The Blacklist,” “Game of Thrones,” “Homeland,” ” Marvel’s Daredevil” and “The Walking Dead.”
The nominations were announced by Anna Faris (“Mom”) and Anthony Mackie (“Captain America: The Winter Soldier”) at the Pacific Design Center.
The awards will be handed out at the Shrine Exposition Center in Los Angeles on Jan. 30 and simulcast live on TNT and TBS. Carol Burnett will receive a lifetime achievement award at the ceremony.
—Staff and wire reports