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Trumbo and Steve Jobs lead SAG nominations


Story by Jack Foley

BRYAN Cranston’s Trumbo and Michael Fassbender’s Steve Jobs lead the nominations for this year’s Screen Actors Guild awards.

The 1940s-set drama Trumbo, about a blacklisted Hollywood screenwriter, came out on top overall with three nods, for best ensemble cast, best actor (for Cranston) and best supporting actress for Dame Helen Mirren, who also picked up a surprise best actress nomination for the historical drama Woman in Gold.

Fassbender, meanwhile, scored a nominations for his role in Steve Jobs, Danny Boyle’s biopic about the Apple founder, as did his co-star, Kate Winslet.

Steve Jobs was one of several films to land dual nominations.

Journalism drama Spotlight was recognised for best ensemble and Rachel McAdams as best supporting actress; transgender drama The Danish Girl saw Eddie Redmayne and Alicia Vikander shortlisted, while Netflix received two nominations for Beasts of No Nation: best ensemble and Idris Elba as best supporting actor.

Other high profile nominees included Leonardo DiCaprio for best actor in The Revenant, Johnny Depp as best actor in gangster drama Black Mass and Cate Blanchett as best actress in Carol.

Other Brits hoping for success, meanwhile, include Saoirse Ronan, shortlisted for best actress in Brooklyn, and Christian Bale (The Big Short) and Mark Rylance (Bridge of Spies), who are both in the running for best supporting actor.

Among the high profile films that missed out on nominations, however, were Ridley Scott’s The Martian, Quentin Tarantino’s The Hateful Eight, Rocky spin-off Creed and David O Russell’s Joy, his latest with Jennifer Lawrence.

The SAG awards are seen as useful indicators of which films (and stars) will go on to enjoy success at next year’s Oscars.

Last year’s SAG winners perfectly matched the Oscars, with Eddie Redmayne, Julianne Moore, JK Simmons and Patricia Arquette all taking home awards.

The full list of nominations…

Outstanding performance by a male actor in a leading role
Bryan Cranston, Trumbo
Johnny Depp, Black Mass
Leonardo DiCaprio, The Revenant
Michael Fassbender, Steve Jobs
Eddie Redmayne, The Danish Girl

Outstanding performance by a female actor in a leading role
Cate Blanchett, Carol
Brie Larson, Room
Helen Mirren, Woman in Gold
Saoirse Ronan, Brooklyn
Sarah Silverman, I Smile Back

Outstanding performance by a male actor in a supporting role
Christian Bale, The Big Short
Idris Elba, Beasts of No Nation
Mark Rylance, Bridge of Spies
Michael Shannon, 99 Homes
Jacob Tremblay, Room

Outstanding performance by a female actor in a supporting role
Rooney Mara, Carol
Rachel McAdams, Spotlight
Helen Mirren, Trumbo
Alicia Vikander, The Danish Girl
Kate Winslet, Steve Jobs

Outstanding performance by a cast in a motion picture
Beasts of No Nation
The Big Short
Straight Outta Compton