I wake up at 5 am for nobody, especially after reading until 1 am. So I was sleeping when the SAG nominations were announced, and in a sense I almost went right back to sleep when I skimmed the list as it applied to achievement in feature films. Pretty much every nominee was expected, in large part because every nomination had been heavily and smartly campaigned (paid) for. The not-entirely-expected nominations went to Jennifer Aniston for her ripe lead performance in Cake and to Nightcrawler‘s Jake Gyllenhaal for his bulging-eyed, razor-sharp Nightcrawler sociopath…yes! What was behind the snubbing of Selma and particularly David Oyelowo‘s performance as Martin Luther King? Simple — Paramount did’t mail the Selma screeners out in time.
Tomorrow morning’s Golden Globe nominations are do-or-die for Oyelowo and Selma across the board, I should think. The fate of Angelina Jolie‘s Unbroken, also, will be on the line.
To hell with campaign mentalities — Tom Hardy should have been nominated for his knockout performances in Locke and The Drop. His work was sterling and world-class, and the Los Angeles Film Critics and Lunch-Break Association recognized that fact last weekend. Has the SAG flock ever nominated anyone who wasn’t well campaigned for?
Wait, wait…what happened to Jessica Chastain‘s expected Best Supporting Actress nomination for her work in A Most Violent Year? What happened there? The Best Supporting Actress nomination that went to Meryl Streep for her spirited Into The Woods performance (i.e., rote Streepism) should have been Chastain’s.
Huzzahs for Birdman for landing the most nominations — Best Actor (Michael Keaton), Best Supporting Actor (Edward Norton), Best Supporting Actress (Emma Stone) and Best Ensemble. And congrats to Boyhood for landing…uhm, two nominations. Ethan Hawke and Patricia Arquette for Best Supporting Actor and Actress, respectively. Fine, appropriate, pats on the back.
That Marion Cotillard for Best Actress surge that got my pulse racing last weekend…kidding. I knew that was strictly a critics-group thing.’
Nobody expected a Best Actor nomination of Unbroken‘s Jack O’Connell. Nor was an Unbroken ensemble nomination in anyone’s sights.
Screen Actors Guild members to Team Selma: This was on you, guys. Yes, a percentage of our membership saw Selma at industry screenings but you know the iron-clad rule — no screeners, no nommies. Would we have elbowed aside Gyllenhaal in favor of Oyelowo if the screeners had been mailed in time? Is that a respectful question as far as Jake is concerned? We really liked his Nightcrawler guy…original, a tour de force, Kirk Douglas in Ace In The Hole. But we might have given it up for Oyelowo. You tell us. The bottom line is that we’re basically sheep and we go where the grass is. Which is a way of saying we support who we’ve been told to support by the publicists.
Are we as inclined to drink from the African American History well as we were last year when 12 Years A Slave was the film everyone had to see and respect and pay tribute to? Are any of us thinking about the cultural rage out there over the Ferguson and Eric Garner effect? Is this seeping into our voting consciousness or is this just a talking point?
From Gold Derby‘s Tom O’Neil: “Some voters did see industry screenings of Selma, but not all. As a result of the SAG snubs, Jake Gyllenhaal (Nightcrawler) managed to snag Oyelowo’s expected spot in the lead actor lineup. Tom Wilkinson was a leading contender for supporting actor. Two years ago Christoph Waltz managed to win the Oscar for Best Supporting Actor after getting snubbed at SAG when no screener of Django Unchained had been sent to guild voters for the same late-production reason.”
The Best Supporting Actor nomination for The Judge‘s Robert Duvall was not a surprise, or at least not to a friend who told me a couple of weeks ago that Duvall had become a big favorite. I was somewhat surprised that Naomi Watts pulled out a Best Supporting Actress nomination for St. Vincent but whatever, fine.
The SAG awards will be handed out on Sunday, January 25 — right smack in the middle of the 2015 Sundance Film Festival.
Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture: Birdman, Boyhood, The Grand Budapest Hotel, The Imitation Game, The Theory of Everything.
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 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.