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article image'Birdman' leads SAG nominations; 'Boyhood' is close behind

By Tim O'Brien     Dec 10, 2014 in Entertainment
"Birdman" has flew to the top with four nominations as the SAG Awards (Screen Actors Guild) were announced this morning (Dec. 10) in Los Angeles. The SAG Awards have an ensemble award, which is basically the equivalent to the best picture.
However, that means it could leave certain films out that are single character driven, like "Unbroken" or "Wild." But those individuals could get a nomination in the other categories. There are TV categories here as well.
With that, Benedict Cumberbatch gets a movie and TV nomination.
Why do these matter? Let's go to the source, but one word, it is simple. In a release, they note about the awards, "...simplicity and genuine warmth, the Screen Actors Guild Awards® presented by SAG-AFTRA, which made its debut in 1995, has become one of the industry’s most prized honors. "
It goes on and indicates that it is "The only televised awards shows to exclusively honor performers."
For them, it is all about the acting and the ensemble. They will present 13 awards for acting in film and television in a show which airs live on TNT and TBS on Jan. 25. The show is known for moving fast and getting the job done. In and out for this one is the mantra.
Eva Longoria and Ansel Elgort were up bright and early to make the announcement.
Outstanding performance by a cast in a motion picture
"The Grand Budapest Hotel"
"The Imitation Game"
"The Theory of Everything"
Notes: There is some fine ensemble work on display here. That is the key to the SAG Awards. Perhaps one could add three nominations for Cumberbatch since this one does include the ensemble. He has male actor in a movie and a TV series, plus this one.
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"
Notes: Gyllenhaal gets in here and that will help push him toward an Oscar nomination. All the others have been around as award season keeps rolling.
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"
Notes: There is not doubt that Aniston has been campaigning for this, in her style. Her charm will help, but it is this performance that may put hr over the top.
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"
Notes: Duvall is getting a nomination is a bad movie and that happens all the time.
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"
Notes: Streep once again gets in, but Watts nominations is the surprise.
Outstanding performance by an ensemble in a drama series
"Boardwalk Empire"
"Downton Abbey"
"Game of Thrones"
"House of Cards"
Notes: No shows on broadcast TV are here. That means Fox, ABC, NBC and CBS. That hurts. It means shows that, to be honest, are not always seen by the masses. They are niche shows that get a great deal of buzz, and are are binge-worthy, but not like the shows on the past. When "ER" and "Hill Street Blues" were all the rage, people were in on the conversation. "Mad Men" was left out.
Outstanding performance by an ensemble in a comedy series
"The Big Bang Theory"
"Brooklyn Nine-Nine"
"Modern Family"
"Orange is the New Black"
Notes: At least two get in from the major networks. But, with cable, some of the best production and acting are there. They do not play by the same rules as the networks, and it shows.
Outstanding performance by a male actor in a television movie or miniseries
Adrien Brody, "Houdini"
Benedict Cumberbatch, "Sherlock: His Last Vow"
Richard Jenkins, "Olive Kitteridge"
Mark Ruffalo, "The Normal Heart"
Billy Bob Thornton, "Fargo"
Notes: Big screen names take over the TV category.
Outstanding performance by a female actor in a television movie or miniseries
Ellen Burstyn, "Flowers in the Attic"
Maggie Gyllenhaal, "The Honorable Woman"
Frances McDormand, "Olive Kitteridge"
Julia Roberts, "The Normal Heart"
Cicely Tyson, "The Trip to Bountiful"
Notes: See the male category.
Outstanding performance by a male actor in a drama series
Steve Buscemi, "Boardwalk Empire"
Peter Dinklage, "Game of Thrones"
Woody Harrelson, "True Detective"
Matthew McConaughey, "True Detective"
Kevin Spacey, "House of Cards"
Notes: McConaughey is still hanging around with awards on his mind, and not only for movies.
Outstanding performance by a female actor in a drama series
Claire Danes, "Homeland"
Viola Davis, "How to Get Away with Murder"
Julianna Margulies, "The Good Wife"
Tatiana Maslany, "Orphan Black"
Maggie Smith, "Downton Abbey"
Robin Wright, "House of Cards"
Notes: Demand a recount as there as six here. Oh wait, that means there was a tie.
Outstanding performance by a male actor in a comedy series
Ty Burrell, "Modern Family"
Louis C.K., "Louie"
William H. Macy, "Shameless"
Jim Parsons, "The Big Bang Theory"
Eric Stonestreet, "Modern Family"
Notes: This category is now a broken record. Actually, TV is often that way. As long as that show is one, the same cast of characters can are are often, here.
Outstanding performance by a female actor in a comedy series
Uzo Aduba, "Orange Is the New Black"
Julie Bowen, "Modern Family"
Edie Falco, "Nurse Jackie"
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, "Veep"
Amy Poehler, "Parks and Recreation"
Notes: So, "Parks and Recreation" is still on?
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