The nominees for the 2015 annual Screen Actors Guild awards (SAG) have been announced – seen by many as the first stop on the ‘road to the Oscars‘, last night saw the announcement of nominees for this years SAG awards, with Modern Family (TV) and the US box-office smash Birdman(2014) leading the way with four nods each.
For the most part, nominations came as little surprise to many, with regular award heavyweights Modern Family and The Big Bang Theory dominating the small screen categories, as well as celebrated leading ladies Eddie Falcao(Nurse Jackie) and Meryl Streep (Into the Woods) once again finding themselves on the list for what must be the ‘gazillionth’ time.
As we’ve seen so many times before, awards season does spring it’s fair share of surprises, and this years comes in the form of Jennifer Aniston‘s nomination for the relatively unknown, dark comedy Cake (2015), which has yet to be released in both US and UK cinemas.
As before mentioned, critically-acclaimed drama Birdman (2014), has bagged itself four well deserved nominations, with stars Michael Keaton, Emma Stone, and Edward Norton all receiving individual mentions, as well as one collectively as best ensemble cast (including Zach Galifianakis).
Though despite Keaton, the films leading star, giving a truly outstanding performance, he faces stiff competition from Benedict Cumberbatch (The Imitation Game) and Jake Gyllenhaal (Nightcrawler), who all gave career defining performances, making this arguably one of the hardest to decide leading actor categories in history.
Sadly where there’s celebrated success in nominations there of course has to be surprising snubs, most notably of which include recent Oscar-winner Matthew McConaughey‘s absence from the big screen’s leading actor category, despite giving an outstanding performance in Christopher Nolan‘s space epic Interstellar (2014).
There is however some saving grace for the Texan A-lister, as he finds himself nominated for his performance in arguably 2014’s most talked about television drama’s, True Detective (TV, 2014). Another sad exclusion is that of British actor Timothy Spall, who was nothing short of remarkable in this years British biopic Mr Turner (2014), and perhaps deserved some recognition for his moving and masterful performance.