Netflix Leads 22nd Annual SAG Awards Nominees

The 22nd Annual SAG Awards nominees were revealed this morning at the Pacific Design Center’s Silver Screen Theater in West Hollywood. Anna Faris (CBS’s Mom; Scary Movie) and Anthony Mackie (Pain & Gain; Captain America: The Winter Soldier) were joined by SAG-AFTRA Executive Vice President Gabrielle Carteris to announce this year’s nominations, which will be awarded Live on TNT, TBS, truTV, sagawards.tntdrama.com, and truTV.com on Saturday, Jan. 30, 2016 at 8:00 p.m. (ET) / 5:00 p.m. (PT).

Actors make up a fairly large chunk of Academy voters, so it’s no surprise that the SAG Awards are a fairly good indicator as to how the Oscars may shape up. I didn’t think my eyebrows could be raised any higher when I saw the list of nominees this morning. Peculiar is one word to put it. Maybe even jarring. If this is how the awards season is going to be, I don’t know if I want any part of it.

First of all, Trumbo leads the film categories with three nods – ensemble, Bryan Cranston for Best Male Actor, and Helen Mirren for Best Supporting Female Actor. The other nominees are spread thin, with two nods each, including Beasts of No Nation, The Big Short, Carol, The Danish Girl, Room, Spotlight, and Steve Jobs. Second, there were a handful of names that have completely come out of left field, including Sarah Silverman (I Smile Back) and Helen Mirren (Woman in Gold) for Best Actress; and Christian Bale (The Big Short) for Best Supporting Actor. And third, I’m surprised Beasts of No Nation and bested the likes of The Martian and The Hateful Eight for Best Ensemble.

There were also a good handful of snubs that include Jennifer Lawrence for Joy, anyone from Quentin Tarantino’s The Hateful Eight, Matt Damon for The Martian, and Will Smith for Concussion. Of course they all can’t be chosen, and today’s nominees have certainly made the playing field rather interesting.

As for the television categories, they’ve all wound up pretty much how you would expect. The only kicker here is that Netflix leads the pack with eight nominations, which also has two in film categories as well. Game of Thrones, Homeland, and House of Cards are all tied at the top with three nods each. My biggest concern about the TV categories is that the industry continues to recognize Jim Parsons and The Big Bang Theory. It needs to stop.

Despite this year’s SAG Awards nominees not turning out exactly how some may have predicted, many fresh faces were recognized, which is always a good thing. Brie Larson, Rami Malek, Rooney Mara, Christina Ricci, Mark Rylance, Sarah Silverman, Jacob Tremblay, and Alicia Vikander have each earned their first individual Actor nomination with this upcoming SAG Awards.

Everything seems to be quite up in the air after the SAG Awards have shown that it could be anyone’s game. We will be keeping a close eye on the road to the Oscars with the Golden Globes nominations being announced tomorrow. Until then, your nominees are:

22nd ANNUAL SAG AWARDS NOMINEES – THEATRICAL MOTION PICTURES

Outstanding Performance By A Male Actor In A Leading Role

  • Bryan Cranston / Dalton Trumbo – Trumbo
  • Johnny Depp / James Whitey Bulger – Black Mass
  • Leonardo Dicaprio / Hugh Glass – The Revenant
  • Michael Fassbender / Steve Jobs – Steve Jobs
  • Eddie Redmayne / Einar Wegener/Lili Elbe – The Danish Girl

Outstanding Performance By A Female Actor In A Leading Role

  • Cate Blanchett / Carol Aird – Carol
  • Brie Larson / Ma – Room
  • Helen Mirren / Maria Altmann – Woman In Gold
  • Saoirse Ronan / Eilis – Brooklyn
  • Sarah Silverman / Laney Brooks – I Smile Back

Outstanding Performance By A Male Actor In A Supporting Role

  • Christian Bale / Michael Burry – The Big Short
  • Idris Elba / Commandant – Beasts Of No Nation
  • Mark Rylance / Abel Rudolph – Bridge Of Spies
  • Michael Shannon / Rick Carver – 99 Homes
  • Jacob Tremblay / Jack – Room

Outstanding Performance By A Female Actor In A Supporting Role

  • Rooney Mara / Therese Belivet – Carol
  • Rachel Mcadams / Sacha Pfeiffer – Spotlight
  • Helen Mirren / Hedda Hopper – Trumbo
  • Alicia Vikander / Gerda Wegener – The Danish Girl
  • Kate Winslet / Joanna Hoffman – Steve Jobs

Outstanding Performance By A Cast In A Motion Picture

  • Beasts Of No Nation
    • Abraham Attah / Agu
    • Kurt Egyiawan / 2nd I-C
    • Idris Elba / Commandant
  • The Big Short
    • Christian Bale / Michael Burry
    • Steve Carell / Mark Baum
    • Ryan Gosling / Jared Vennett
    • Melissa Leo / Georgia Hale
    • Hamish Linklater / Porter Collins
    • John Magaro / Charlie Geller
    • Brad Pitt / Ben Rickert
    • Rafe Spall / Danny Moses
    • Jeremy Strong / Vinny Peters
    • Marisa Tomei / Cynthia Baum
    • Finn Wittrock / Jamie Shipley
  • Spotlight
    • Billy Crudup / Eric Macleish
    • Brian D’arcy James / Matty Carroll
    • Michael Keaton / Walter Robby Robinson
    • Rachel Mcadams / Sacha Pfeiffer
    • Mark Ruffalo / Michael Rezendes
    • Liev Schreiber / Marty Baron
    • John Slattery / Ben Bradlee, Jr.
    • Stanley Tucci / Mitchell Garabedian
  • Straight Outta Compton
    • Neil Brown Jr. / Dj Yella
    • Paul Giamatti / Jerry Heller
    • Corey Hawkins / Dr. Dre
    • Aldis Hodge / Mc Ren
    • O’shea Jackson Jr. / Ice Cube
    • Jason Mitchell / Eazy-E
  • Trumbo
    • Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje / Virgil Brooks
    • Louis C.K. / Arlen Hird
    • Bryan Cranston / Dalton Trumbo
    • David James Elliott / John Wayne
    • Elle Fanning / Niki Trumbo
    • John Goodman / Frank King
    • Diane Lane / Cleo Trumbo
    • Helen Mirren / Hedda Hopper
    • Michael Stuhlbarg / Edward G. Robinson
    • Alan Tudyk / Ian Mclellan Hunter

22nd ANNUAL SAG AWARDS NOMINEES – TELEVISION PROGRAMS

Outstanding Performance By A Male Actor In A Television Movie Or Miniseries

  • Idris Elba / Dci John Luther – Luther
  • Ben Kingsley / Grand Vizier Ay – Tut
  • Ray Liotta / Lorca/Tom Mitchell – Texas Rising
  • Bill Murray / Himself – A Very Murray Christmas
  • Mark Rylance / Thomas Cromwell – Wolf Hall

Outstanding Performance By A Female Actor In A Television Movie Or Miniseries

  • Nicole Kidman / Grace – Grace Of Monaco
  • Queen Latifah / Bessie Smith – Bessie
  • Christina Ricci / Lizzie Borden – The Lizzie Borden Chronicles
  • Susan Sarandon / Gladys Mortenson – The Secret Life Of Marilyn Monroe
  • Kristen Wiig / Delores Dewinter – The Spoils Before Dying

Outstanding Performance By A Male Actor In A Drama Series

  • Peter Dinklage / Tyrion Lannister – Game Of Thrones
  • Jon Hamm / Don Draper – Mad Men
  • Rami Malek / Elliot – Mr. Robot
  • Bob Odenkirk / Jimmy Mcgill – Better Call Saul
  • Kevin Spacey / Francis Underwood – House Of Cards

Outstanding Performance By A Female Actor In A Drama Series

  • Claire Danes / Carrie Mathison – Homeland
  • Viola Davis / Annalise Keating – How To Get Away With Murder
  • Julianna Margulies / Alicia Florrick – The Good Wife
  • Maggie Smith / Violet Crawley, Dowager Countess Of Grantham – Downton Abbey
  • Robin Wright / Claire Underwood – House Of Cards

Outstanding Performance By A Male Actor In A Comedy Series

  • Ty Burrell / Phil Dunphy – Modern Family
  • Louis C.K. / Louie – Louie
  • William H. Macy / Frank – Shameless
  • Jim Parsons / Sheldon Cooper – The Big Bang Theory
  • Jeffrey Tambor / Maura Pfefferman – Transparent

Outstanding Performance By A Female Actor In A Comedy Series

  • Uzo Aduba / Suzanne Crazy Eyes Warren – Orange Is The New Black
  • Edie Falco / Jackie Peyton – Nurse Jackie
  • Ellie Kemper / Kimmy Schmidt – Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
  • Julia Louis-Dreyfus / President Selina Meyer – Veep
  • Amy Poehler / Leslie Knope – Parks And Recreation

Outstanding Performance By An Ensemble In A Drama Series

  • Downton Abbey
    • Hugh Bonneville / Robert, Earl Of Grantham
    • Laura Carmichael / Lady Edith Crawley
    • Jim Carter / Mr. Carson
    • Raquel Cassidy / Baxter
    • Brendan Coyle / Mr. Bates
    • Tom Cullen / Anthony Gillingham
    • Michelle Dockery / Lady Mary Crawley
    • Kevin Doyle / Mr. Molesley
    • Joanne Froggatt / Anna Bates
    • Lily James / Lady Rose
    • Robert James-Collier / Thomas Barrow
    • Allen Leech / Tom Branson
    • Phyllis Logan / Mrs. Hughes
    • Elizabeth Mcgovern / Cora, Countess Of Grantham
    • Sophie Mcshera / Daisy
    • Lesley Nicol / Mrs. Patmore
    • Julian Ovenden / Charles Blake
    • David Robb / Dr. Clarkson
    • Maggie Smith / Violet, Dowager Countess Of Grantham
    • Penelope Wilton / Isobel Crawley
  • Game Of Thrones
    • Alfie Allen / Theon Greyjoy
    • Ian Beattie / Ser Meryn Trant
    • John Bradley / Samwell Tarly
    • Gwendoline Christie / Brienne Of Tarth
    • Emilia Clarke / Daenerys Targaryen
    • Michael Condron / Bowen Marsh
    • Nikolaj Coster-Waldau / Jaime Lannister
    • Ben Crompton / Dolorous Edd
    • Liam Cunningham / Ser Davos Seaworth
    • Stephen Dillane / Stannis Baratheon
    • Peter Dinklage / Tyrion Lannister
    • Nathalie Emmanuel / Missandei
    • Tara Fitzgerald / Selyse Baratheon
    • Jerome Flynn / Bronn
    • Brian Fortune / Othell Yarwyck
    • Joel Fry / Hizdahr Zo Loraq
    • Aidan Gillen / Littlefinger Petyr Baelish
    • Iain Glen / Ser Jorah Mormont
    • Kit Harington / Jon Snow
    • Lena Headey / Cersei Lannister
    • Michiel Huisman / Daario Naharis
    • Hannah Murray / Gilly
    • Brenock O’connor / Olly
    • Daniel Portman / Podrick Payne
    • Iwan Rheon / Ramsay Snow
    • Owen Teale / Ser Alliser Thorne
    • Sophie Turner / Sansa Stark
    • Carice Van Houten / Melisandre
    • Maisie Williams / Arya Stark
    • Tom Wlaschiha / Jaqen H’ghar
  • Homeland
    • F. Murray Abraham / Dar Adal
    • Atheer Adel / Numan
    • Claire Danes / Carrie Mathison
    • Alexander Fehling / Jonas Hollander
    • Rupert Friend / Peter Quinn
    • Nina Hoss / Astrid
    • René David Ifrah / Bibi
    • Mark Ivanir / Ivan Krupin
    • Sebastian Koch / Otto Düring
    • Miranda Otto / Allison Carr
    • Mandy Patinkin / Saul Berenson
    • Sarah Sokolovic / Laura Sutton
  • House Of Cards
    • Mahershala Ali / Remy Danton
    • Derek Cecil / Seth Grayson
    • Nathan Darrow / Edward Meechum
    • Michael Kelly / Doug Stamper
    • Elizabeth Marvel / Heather Dunbar
    • Molly Parker / Jackie Sharp
    • Jimmi Simpson / Gavin Orsay
    • Kevin Spacey / Francis Underwood
    • Robin Wright / Claire Underwood
  • Mad Men
    • Sola Bamis / Shirley
    • Stephanie Drake / Meredith
    • Jay R. Ferguson / Stan Rizzo
    • Bruce Greenwood / Richard Burghoff
    • Jon Hamm / Don Draper
    • Christina Hendricks / Joan Harris
    • January Jones / Betty Francis
    • Vincent Kartheiser / Pete Campbell
    • Elisabeth Moss / Peggy Olson
    • Kevin Rahm / Ted Chaough
    • Kiernan Shipka / Sally Draper
    • John Slattery / Roger Sterling
    • Rich Sommer / Harry Crane
    • Aaron Staton / Ken Cosgrove
    • Mason Vale Cotton / Bobby Draper

Outstanding Performance By An Ensemble In A Comedy Series

  • The Big Bang Theory
    • Mayim Bialik / Amy Farrah Fowler
    • Kaley Cuoco / Penny
    • Johnny Galecki / Leonard Hofstadter
    • Simon Helberg / Howard Wolowitz
    • Kunal Nayyar / Rajesh Koothrappali
    • Jim Parsons / Sheldon Cooper
    • Melissa Rauch / Bernadette Rostenkowski-Wolowitz
  • Key & Peele
    • Keegan-Michael Key / Various Characters
    • Jordan Peele / Various Characters
  • Modern Family
    • Julie Bowen / Claire Dunphy
    • Ty Burrell / Phil Dunphy
    • Aubrey Anderson Emmons / Lily Tucker-Pritchett
    • Jesse Tyler Ferguson / Mitchell Pritchett
    • Nolan Gould / Luke Dunphy
    • Sarah Hyland / Haley Dunphy
    • Ed O’neill / Jay Pritchett
    • Rico Rodriguez / Manny Delgado
    • Eric Stonestreet / Cameron Tucker
    • Sofia Vergara / Gloria Delgado-Pritchett
    • Ariel Winter / Alex Dunphy
  • Orange Is The New Black
    • Uzo Aduba / Suzanne Crazy Eyes Warren
    • Mike Birbiglia / Danny Pearson
    • Marsha Stephanie Blake / Berdie Rogers
    • Danielle Brooks / Tasha Taystee Jefferson
    • Laverne Cox / Sophia Burset
    • Jackie Cruz / Marisol Flaca Gonzales
    • Catherine Curtin / Wanda Bell
    • Lea Delaria / Carrie Big Boo Black
    • Beth Fowler / Sister Jane Ingalls
    • Joel Marsh Garland / Scott O’neill
    • Kimiko Glenn / Brook Soso
    • Annie Golden / Norma Romano
    • Diane Guerrero / Maritza Ramos
    • Michael J. Harney / Sam Healy
    • Vicky Jeudy / Janae Watson
    • Selenis Leyva / Gloria Mendoza
    • Taryn Manning / Tiffany Pennsatucky Doggett
    • Adrienne C. Moore / Black Cindy
    • Kate Mulgrew / Galina Red Reznikov
    • Emma Myles / Leanne Taylor
    • Matt Peters / Joel Luschek
    • Lori Petty / Lolly Whitehill
    • Jessica Pimentel / Maria Ruiz
    • Dascha Polanco / Dayanara Diaz
    • Laura Prepon / Alex Vause
    • Elizabeth Rodriguez / Aleida Diaz
    • Ruby Rose / Stella Carlin
    • Nick Sandow / Joe Caputo
    • Abigail Savage / Gina
    • Taylor Schilling / Piper Chapman
    • Constance Shulman / Yoga Jones
    • Dale Soules / Frieda
    • Yael Stone / Lorna Morello
    • Samira Wiley / Poussey Washington
  • Transparent
    • Alexandra Billings / Davina Rejennae
    • Carrie Brownstein / Syd Feldman
    • Jay Duplass / Josh Pfefferman
    • Kathryn Hahn / Raquel Fein
    • Gaby Hoffmann / Ali Pfefferman
    • Cherry Jones / Leslie Mackinaw
    • Amy Landecker / Sarah Pfefferman
    • Judith Light / Shelly Pfefferman
    • Hari Nef / Gittel/Gerson
    • Emily Robinson / Rose Boymelgreen
    • Jeffrey Tambor / Maura Pfefferman
  • Veep
    • Diedrich Bader / Bill Ericsson
    • Sufe Bradshaw / Sue Wilson
    • Anna Chlumsky / Amy Brookheimer
    • Gary Cole / Kent Davidson
    • Kevin Dunn / Ben Cafferty
    • Tony Hale / Gary Walsh
    • Hugh Laurie / Tom James
    • Phil Reeves / Doyle
    • Sam Richardson / Richard
    • Reid Scott / Dan Egan
    • Timothy Simons / Jonah Ryan
    • Sarah Sutherland / Catherine
    • Matt Walsh / Mike Mclintock

22nd ANNUAL SAG AWARDS NOMINEES – HONORS FOR 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

52nd Annual Sag Life Achievement Award

  • Carol Burnett

Source: Screen Actors Guild

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Now Available to Own: Maggie, House of Cards, Slow West, and More

Brace your bank accounts, it’s time to see what’s Now Available to Own for the week of July 7, 2015. Every Tuesday we run down new movie, television, and video game releases that you can enjoy in the comfort of your own home, as well as some slick deals that can save you some coin. New on shelves this week are Maggie, House of Cards, Slow West, and more.

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Movies on Blu-ray

Maggie (Henry Hobson) Rated PG-13 [95 min] – A teenage girl in the Midwest becomes infected by an outbreak of a disease that slowly turns the infected into cannibalistic zombies. During her transformation, her loving father stays by her side. Starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, Abigail Breslin, Joely Richardson, and Laura Cayouette (Watch the trailer)

You won’t find Arnold in too many indie films, but from what he brings in Maggie, I want more. Too often do we see the gun-toting badass we know Schwarzenneger can be, but this softer, more dramatic side of the actor is fantastic as well. The movie itself doesn’t quite all add up – the pacing is a bit slow and the movie feels stretched thin – but it’s a solid concept.

Special features include:

  • “Making Maggie” Featurette
  • Deleted Scene
  • Cast & Crew Interviews
  • Audio Commentary with Director Henry Hobson

Slow West (John Maclean) Rated R [84 min] – Slow West follows a 16-year-old boy on a journey across 19th Century frontier America in search of the woman he loves, while accompanied by mysterious traveler Silas. Starring Kodi Smit-McPhee, Michael Fassbender, and Ben Mendelsohn

Not your ordinary Western, Slow West dials in some quirky indie personality that doesn’t quite deliver on its promise. There are some fun moments, but the movie doesn’t feel as cohesive as we need it to be. (Read my full review)

Special features include:

  • “On Strange Land: Making Slow West” featurette
  • Deleted Scenes

Kill Me Three Times (Kriv Stenders) Rated R [90 min] – Professional hit-man Charlie Wolfe finds himself in three tales of murder, blackmail and revenge after a botched contract assignment. Starring Simon Pegg, Teresa Palmer, and Alice Braga

Despite a kooky performance by Simon Pegg, Kill Me Three Times is terribly bland and mostly uninteresting. There’s so many twists and turns the plot wants to take you on, but none of them are rewarding or built up well enough to care.

Special features included are:

  • Behind the Scenes
  • AXS TV: A Look At Kill Me Three Times
  • Theatrical Trailer

Absolution (Keoni Waxman) Rated R [96 min] – When a contract killer (Steven Seagal) encounters a girl on the run from a mob boss (Vinnie Jones) with powerful political ties, he is torn between protecting the girl, and remaining loyal to the government agency that hired him for the mission. Starring Steven Seagal, Byron Mann, and Howard Dell

It’s a Steven Seagal movie. You kind of know what you’re getting yourself into. The film is cheap, and Seagal’s goatee is only but one offender of great action films. There’s nothing interesting said or inspired by Absolution.

Special features include:

  • “Behind the scenes of Absolution” featurette
  • Cast Interviews
  • Audio Commentary with Co-Writer/Director Keoni Waxman, Actor Josh Barnett and Producer Binh Dang

5 Flights Up (Richard Loncraine) [Limited] Rated PG-13 [92 min] – A long-time married couple who’ve spent their lives together in the same New York apartment become overwhelmed by personal and real estate-related issues when they plan to move away. Starring Diane Keaton, Morgan Freeman, Cynthia Nixon, and Carrie Preston

Haven’t seen it. Supposedly it’s decent.

No special features included

Woman in Gold (Simon Curtis) Rated PG-13 [109 min] – Maria Altmann, an octogenarian Jewish refugee, takes on the government to recover artwork she believes rightfully belongs to her family. Starring Helen Mirren, Ryan Reynolds, Daniel Brühl, and Katie Holmes

Haven’t seen this one either, I’ve heard good things, but the story didn’t interest me.

Special features include:

  • The Making of Woman in Gold
  • Feature commentary with Director Simon Curtis and Producer David M. Thompson
  • Stealing Klimt Documentary Trailer
  • Neue Galerie New York Press Conference

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TV Show Releases

House of Cards: The Complete Third Season (Beau Willimon) Rated TV-MA [50 min] – A Congressman works with his equally conniving wife to exact revenge on the people who betrayed him. Starring Kevin Spacey, Michael Gill, Kate Mara, and Robin Wright

I’m sorry. I haven’t seen this yet, but I’m working up to it! :(

Special features include:

  • “Backstage Politics: On the Set of House of Cards”- An extensive behind-the-scenes look into the creation of House of Cards, Season 3.
  • “A Death in New Mexico” – A featurette that chronicles the surprising Chapter 39 (Blu-ray exclusive featurette)

Blu-Ray Deals and Steals

  • The Book Thief – $7.99
  • Rick and Morty – $14.99
  • Mrs. Doubtfire – $10.99
  • Taken – $5
  • The Princess Bride – $5
  • The Usual Suspects – $5
  • Another Earth – $7.99
  • Shameless (Season 4) – $16.99
  • Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter – $12.99
  • X-Men: Days of Future Past – $9.99
  • Cowboy Bebop: The Movie – $6.99
  • Shame – $7.99
  • Slow West – $14.99
  • Ghost in the Shell – $9.96
  • Enough Said – $7.99
  • Ex Machina (Preorder) – $16.67
  • Veep (Seasons 1-2) – $13.99

All prices from Amazon.com. Best Buy, Frys, and Target all price match online prices.

What will you be taking home this week? Tell us in the comments section below!


All plot synopses come courtesy of IMDb.com

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Coming Soon to Blu-Ray and DVD: House of Cards, Powers, Woman in Gold, and More

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While we provide you with a list of available new releases Now Available to Own every Tuesday, Coming Soon to Blu-ray and DVD looks at all of the recent home video announcements. For the week of May 30, 2015 we have House of Cards, Powers, Woman in Gold, and more. Find out when they’ll be out and what special features movie fans can expect from them after the break. Continue reading

Box Office Battlefield: ‘Furious 7’ vs. ‘Woman in Gold’

Box Office Battlefield 'Furious 7' vs. 'Woman in Gold'

Every week, movie studios select candidates to enter the glorious battlefield for your hard-earned dollars. The weekend warriors of April 3, 2015 includes Furious 7 and Woman in Gold, as well as a good handful of limited releases. Box Office Battlefield is here to help you decide which movie(s) will take priority over the others and determine who will be victorious. Should you see ’em, skip ’em, or rent ’em? Find out after the break. Continue reading