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Dec 11, 2014

Screen Actors Guild Awards 2014 Nominations


The nominations for 21st Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards were announced a while ago. The usual and typical aside, there were some shocking snubs and nominations. Delighted to see the cast of "The Grand Budapest Hotel" being recognized for best ensemble whereas films like Gone Girl, Selma, Foxcatcher and Into the Woods are missing. The latter two were my predictions. The SAG members did nominate the two British biopics and the lead frontrunners, "Boyhood" and "Birdman". The biggest surprise in leading actor category came with Jake Gyllenhaal for "Nightcrawler" who I thought was going to be sadly overlooked. Does this mean he should look forward to his name being called again for Oscars nominations? While you have Gyllenhaal and four other usual suspects there, David Oyelowo, whom I predicted wasn't nominated. Supporting category had one big shocker. Who actually thought Naomi Watts would get a nod for "St. Vincent"? Finally, the biggest 'WTF' among the nominees this year is Jennifer Aniston for "Cake". Boy did they pushed her for a nom, good for them. Hillary Swank, Amy Adams... not their day. Very lukewarm list of contenders overall. I just hope somehow, Academy nominations are slightly more appealing, strong and diverse.

Here is the full list of nominations:

Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture:
- Birdman (Zach Galifianakis, Michael Keaton, Edward Norton, Andrea Riseborough, Amy Ryan, Emma Stone and Naomi Watts)
- Boyhood (Patricia Arquette, Ellar Coltrane, Ethan Hawke and Lorelei Linklater)
- The Grand Budapest Hotel (F. Murray Abraham, Mathieu Amalric, Adrien Brody, Willem Dafoe, Ralph Fiennes, Jeff Goldblum, Harvey Keitel, Jude Law, Bill Murray, Edward Norton, Tony Revolori, Saoirse Ronan, Jason Schwartzman, Léa Seydoux, Tilda Swinton, Tom Wilkinson and Owen Wilson)
- The Imitation Game (Matthew Beard, Benedict Cumberbatch, Charles Dance, Matthew Goode, Rory Kinnear, Keira Knightley, Allen Leech and Mark Strong)
- The Theory of Everything (Charlie Cox, Felicity Jones, Simon McBurney, Eddie Redmayne, David Thewlis and Emily Watson)


Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role:
Steve Carrell – Foxcatcher
Benedict Cumberbatch – The Imitation Game
Jake Gyllenhaal – Nightcrawler
Michael Keaton – Birdman
Eddie Redmayne – The Theory of Everything

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role:
Jennifer Aniston – Cake
Felicity Jones – The Theory of Everything
Julianne Moore – Still Alice
Rosamund Pike – Gone Girl
Reese Witherspoon – Wild

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role:
Robert Duvall – The Judge
Ethan Hawke – Boyhood
Edward Norton – Birdman
Mark Ruffalo – Foxcatcher
J.K. Simmons – Whiplash

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role:
Patricia Arquette – Boyhood
Keira Knightley – The Imitation Game
Emma Stone – Birdman
Meryl Streep – Into the Woods
Naomi Watts – St. Vincent

Outstanding Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Motion Picture:
Fury
Get On Up
The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies
Unbroken
X-Men: Days of Future Past