The Screen Actors Guild on Wednesday dropped two surprise additions into the awards race as Manchester By The Sea led the way on four nominations.
Viggo Mortensen is among the outstanding lead actor nominees for his performance in Captain Fantastic, seemingly at the expense of Tom Hanks for Sully – snubbed again this week after the Golden Globes nominations.
However the greatest surprise of the day came in the lead actress category, where Emily Blunt is in the mix for The Girl On The Train in her first major recognition for the role this season.
The notable exceptions from that contest are Annette Bening for 20th Century Women, Ruth Negga for Loving and Isabelle Huppert for Elle. Loving and 20th Century Women were overlooked generally and did not figure in the ensemble nominations.
While historically SAG has not been a consistent champion of non-US talent beyond the UK, the omission of Hanks and Bening left some experts who spoke to Screen struggling to make sense of Wednesday’s announcement.
Insiders speculated that some of these aberrations may be attributed to the SAG-AFTRA merger, which has brought non-film experts into the voting mix and shifted focus away from contenders who were widely expected to make the cut.
Otherwise the expected players are in the running. Casey Affleck For Manchester By The Sea and Denzel Washington for Fences loom large over the lead actor contest, as do Andrew Garfield for Hacksaw Ridge and Ryan Gosling for La La Land.
The women’s race includes Natalie Portman for Jackie, Emma Stone for La La Land, Amy Adams for Arrival and Meryl Streep for Florence Foster Jenkins in the 17th SAG nomination of her career.
Streep’s co-star Hugh Grant is among supporting actor nominees with Lucas Hedges for Manchester By The Sea and frontrunner Mahershala Ali for Moonlight, who earned three nods including ensemble for Moonlight and Hidden Figures. Michael Shannon misses out for Nocturnal Animals, as does Globe nominee Aaron Taylor-Johnson.
Moonlight’s Naomie Harris is a supporting actress nominee alongside Michelle Williams for Manchester By The Sea, Octavia Spencer for Hidden Figures and Viola Davis for Fences. Nicole Kidman rounds out the quintet for Lion.
There are ensemble nods for Moonlight, Fences, Manchester By The Sea, Hidden Figures and Captain Fantastic, in a great day for that film.
In the television categories, The Crown earned three nods along with The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story and Stranger Things, while both Game Of Thrones and Westworld picked up three apiece including a stunt ensemble nod.
The 23rd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards will take place on January 29.
Full nominations appear below:
THEATRICAL MOTION PICTURES
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 Cast in a Motion Picture
Stephen Mckinley Henderson
Taraji P. Henson
Manchester By The Sea
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Limited Series
Riz Ahmed, The Night Of
Sterling K. Brown, The People V. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story
Bryan Cranston, All The Way
John Turturro, The Night Of
Courtney B. Vance, The People V. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Movie or Limited Series
Bryce Dallas Howard, Black Mirror
Felicity Huffman, American Crime
Audra Mcdonald, Lady Day At Emerson’s Bar & Grill
Sarah Paulson, The People V. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story
Kerry Washington, Confirmation
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series
Sterling K. Brown, This Is Us
Peter Dinklage, Game Of Thrones
John Lithgow, The Crown
Rami Malek, Mr. Robot
Kevin Spacey, House Of Cards
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series
Millie Bobby Brown, Stranger Things
Claire Foy, The Crown
Thandie Newton, Westworld
Winona Ryder, Stranger Things
Robin Wright, House Of Cards
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series
Anthony Anderson, Black-Ish
Tituss Burgess, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
Ty Burrell, Modern Family
William H. Macy, Shameless
Jeffrey Tambor, Transparent
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series
Uzo Aduba, Orange Is The New Black
Jane Fonda, Grace And Frankie
Ellie Kemper, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep
Lily Tomlin, Grace And Frankie
Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series
Game Of Thrones
Dean Charles Chapman
Carice Van Houten
Millie Bobby Brown
John Paul Reynolds
Ingrid Bolsø Berdal
Sidse Babett Knudsen
Evan Rachel Wood
Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series
The Big Bang Theory
Tracee Ellis Ross
Jesse Tyler Ferguson
Orange Is The New Black
Michael J. Harney
Brad William Henke
Adrienne C. Moore
Outstanding Action Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Motion Picture
Captain America: Civil War
Outstanding Action Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Comedy or Drama Series
Game Of Thrones
Marvel’s Luke Cage
The Walking Dead
53rd Annual SAG Life Achievement Award