SAG Awards 2015 Nominations Announced: ‘Birdman’, ‘Boyhood’ lead the way


‘Birdman’ and ‘Boyhood’ led the way in today’s announced 21st Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards nominations. ‘Birdman’ received 4 nominations, while ‘Boyhood received 3. Both were nominated for Best ensembles. Though, most of the nominations were on expected lines (as you can see in my Oscar predictions), but there were a few surprises too.

The most surprising nomination was of Naomi Watts for ‘St. Vincent’ in Best Supporting Actress. No one expected her to crack into the field, but considering that she is a really liked actress in the industry, it shouldn’t be considered a shock (In fact, I had picked her in my first Oscar predictions). The second surprise of the morning was Jennifer Aniston for ‘Cake’ in Best Actress. Though, there was slight buzz about her performance, and obviously, her popularity played its part. Robert Duvall’s nomination for Judge in Best Supporting Actor is not very surprising but it wasn’t a slam dunk at all. Anyway, since SAG Awards are handed out by industry’s actors, they are also good precursors to Oscars. So, expect many of the below nominations to feature on the Oscar nomination list too.

Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
The Grand Budapest Hotel
The Imitation Game
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 Leading Role
Steve Carell, 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 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 Male Actor in a Supporting Role
Robert Duvall, The Judge
Ethan Hawke, Boyhood
Edward Norton, Birdman
Mark Ruffalo, Foxcatcher
J.K. Simmons, Whiplash