Trumbo, Steve Jobs, Carol, Danish Girl and Spotlight lead SAG nominations

America’s Screen Actors Guild has announced the first set of nominations that are likely to act as indicators for who might take away next year’s Oscars.

Bryan Cranston as a blacklisted writer in Trumbo
Bryan Cranston as a blacklisted writer in Trumbo

With the largest number of Oscar voters being actors, the SAG Awards are generally the most reliable Academy Award predictors, which will please the teams behind Steve Jobs, Carol, The Danish Girl and Trumbo, which have all received two individual acting nominations.  The upcoming drama about the Boston Globe’s exclusive about how the Catholic Church covered up for priests who abused children, Spotlight, is among the films in the running for the award for the best ensemble cast – SAG’s equivalent of the Academy’s Best Picture.

Last year’s Oscar – and SAG – winner, Eddie Redmayne, is back in the running for his leading role as one of the first men to undergo sex-change surgery in The Danish Girl. His character’s wife is played by Alicia Vikander, who’s up for the best supporting actress prize.

Cate Blanchett and her Carol co-star Rooney Mara are up for best leading and supporting actress, respectively.

steve jobs michael fassbender kate winsletMichael Fassbender is nominated for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role for playing the eponymous Steve Jobs, while Kate Winslet is in the running in the supporting category for playing the Apple’s co-founder’s marketing chief.

Another British actress, Dame Helen Mirren, finds herself up for two awards – for the best leading actress in Woman in Gold and best supporting actress for Trumbo, whose star Bryan Cranston is nominated in the best leading man category.

Cranston, Fassbender and Redmayne will be up against the mighty Johnny Depp, for Black Mass, and Leonardo DiCaprio, for the upcoming The Revenant.

Blanchett and Mirren’s competition for the best leading actress category include Saoirse Ronan for Brooklyn and Room’s Brie Larson.

Mark Rylace in Bridge of Spies
Mark Rylace in Bridge of Spies

A category with particularly strong British interest is best supporting actor, where three of the five nominees are from the UK. Mark Rylance, the Russian spy from Bridge of Spies, is up against Beasts of No Nation’s Idris Elba and Christian Bale, from The Big Short, with the oft-honoured Michael Shannon, from 99 Homes, and Room newcomer Jacob Tremblay completing the list.

In the best supporting actress category, Mara, Mirren, Vikander and Winslet are joined by Rachel McAdams, as one of the Boston Globe reporters in Spotlight, which is in the running for Outstanding Ensemble Cast, alongside Beasts of No Nation, The Big Short, Straight Outta Compton and Trumbo.

Like the upcoming Golden Globes, SAG honours its TV stars alongside movie stars and as is often the case, the same actors feature in both; Idris Elba is again up against Mark Rylance in the contest for the best actor in a TV movie or miniseries – Elba for Luther and Rylance for Wolf Hall. They have competition for another British actor, Sir Ben Kingsley, for Tut, with Ray Liotta and Bill Murray also in the running.

The race for best actress in a TV movie or miniseries includes an unexpected nominee – Nicole Kidman for the much slated Grace of Monaco, which achieved only a TV release in the US.

The contests for best ensemble casts for TV drama and TV comedy include many of the usual suspects, with Homeland and Mad Men up against Game of Thrones, House of Cars and Downton Abbey in the Drama category, while The Big Bang Theory, Modern Family, Veep, Transparent and Orange is the New Black facing a challenge from Comedy Central’s new sketch show, Key & Peele.

The awards will be handed out Saturday 30th January 2016.

The full list of SAG Award nominees:

THEATRICAL MOTION PICTURES

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role

BRYAN CRANSTON / Dalton Trumbo – “TRUMBO” (Bleecker Street)

JOHNNY DEPP / James “Whitey” Bulger – “BLACK MASS” (Warner Bros. Pictures)

LEONARDO DiCAPRIO / Hugh Glass – “THE REVENANT” (20th Century Fox)

MICHAEL FASSBENDER / Steve Jobs – “STEVE JOBS” (Universal Pictures)

EDDIE REDMAYNE / Einar Wegener/Lili Elbe – “THE DANISH GIRL” (Focus Features)

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role

CATE BLANCHETT / Carol Aird – “CAROL” (The Weinstein Company)

BRIE LARSON / Ma – “ROOM” (A24)

HELEN MIRREN / Maria Altmann – “WOMAN IN GOLD” (The Weinstein Company)

SAOIRSE RONAN / Eilis – “BROOKLYN” (Fox Searchlight Pictures)

SARAH SILVERMAN / Laney Brooks – “I SMILE BACK” (Broad Green Pictures)

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role

CHRISTIAN BALE / Michael Burry – “THE BIG SHORT” (Paramount Pictures)

IDRIS ELBA / Commandant – “BEASTS OF NO NATION” (Netflix)

MARK RYLANCE / Abel Rudolph – “BRIDGE OF SPIES” (DreamWorks)

MICHAEL SHANNON / Rick Carver – “99 HOMES” (Broad Green Pictures)

JACOB TREMBLAY / Jack – “ROOM” (A24)

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role

ROONEY MARA / Therese Belivet – “CAROL” (The Weinstein Company)

RACHEL McADAMS / Sacha Pfeiffer – “SPOTLIGHT” (Open Road Films)

HELEN MIRREN / Hedda Hopper – “TRUMBO” (Bleecker Street)

ALICIA VIKANDER / Gerda Wegener – “THE DANISH GIRL” (Focus Features)

KATE WINSLET / Joanna Hoffman – “STEVE JOBS” (Universal Pictures)

Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture

BEASTS OF NO NATION (Netflix)

ABRAHAM ATTAH / Agu

KURT EGYIAWAN / 2nd I-C

IDRIS ELBA / Commandant

THE BIG SHORT (Paramount Pictures)

CHRISTIAN BALE / Michael Burry

STEVE CARELL / Mark Baum

RYAN GOSLING / Jared Vennett

MELISSA LEO / Georgia Hale

HAMISH LINKLATER / Porter Collins

JOHN MAGARO / Charlie Geller

BRAD PITT / Ben Rickert

RAFE SPALL / Danny Moses

JEREMY STRONG / Vinny Peters

MARISA TOMEI / Cynthia Baum

FINN WITTROCK / Jamie Shipley

SPOTLIGHT (Open Road Films)

BILLY CRUDUP / Eric MacLeish

BRIAN D’ARCY JAMES / Matty Carroll

MICHAEL KEATON / Walter “Robby” Robinson

RACHEL McADAMS / Sacha Pfeiffer

MARK RUFFALO / Michael Rezendes

LIEV SCHREIBER / Marty Baron

JOHN SLATTERY / Ben Bradlee, Jr.

STANLEY TUCCI / Mitchell Garabedian

STRAIGHT OUTTA COMPTON (Universal Pictures)

NEIL BROWN JR. / DJ Yella

PAUL GIAMATTI / Jerry Heller

COREY HAWKINS / Dr. Dre

ALDIS HODGE / MC Ren

O’SHEA JACKSON JR. / Ice Cube

JASON MITCHELL / Eazy-E

TRUMBO (Bleecker Street)

ADEWALE AKINNUOYE-AGBAJE / Virgil Brooks

LOUIS C.K. / Arlen Hird

BRYAN CRANSTON / Dalton Trumbo

DAVID JAMES ELLIOTT / John Wayne

ELLE FANNING / Niki Trumbo

JOHN GOODMAN / Frank King

DIANE LANE / Cleo Trumbo

HELEN MIRREN / Hedda Hopper

MICHAEL STUHLBARG / Edward G. Robinson

ALAN TUDYK / Ian McLellan Hunter

TELEVISION PROGRAMS

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries

IDRIS ELBA / DCI John Luther – “LUTHER” (BBC America)

BEN KINGSLEY / Grand Vizier Ay – “TUT” (Spike)

RAY LIOTTA / Lorca/Tom Mitchell – “TEXAS RISING” (History)

BILL MURRAY / Himself – “A VERY MURRAY CHRISTMAS” (Netflix)

MARK RYLANCE / Thomas Cromwell – “WOLF HALL” (Masterpiece/PBS)

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries

NICOLE KIDMAN / Grace – “GRACE OF MONACO” (Lifetime)

QUEEN LATIFAH / Bessie Smith – “BESSIE” (HBO)

CHRISTINA RICCI / Lizzie Borden – “THE LIZZIE BORDEN CHRONICLES” (Lifetime)

SUSAN SARANDON / Gladys Mortenson – “THE SECRET LIFE OF MARILYN MONROE” (Lifetime)

KRISTEN WIIG / Delores DeWinter – “THE SPOILS BEFORE DYING” (IFC)

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series

PETER DINKLAGE / Tyrion Lannister – “GAME OF THRONES” (HBO)

JON HAMM / Don Draper – “MAD MEN” (AMC)

RAMI MALEK / Elliot – “MR. ROBOT” (USA Network)

BOB ODENKIRK / Jimmy McGill – “BETTER CALL SAUL” (AMC)

KEVIN SPACEY / Francis Underwood – “HOUSE OF CARDS” (Netflix)

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series

CLAIRE DANES / Carrie Mathison – “HOMELAND” (Showtime)

VIOLA DAVIS / Annalise Keating – “HOW TO GET AWAY WITH MURDER” (ABC)

JULIANNA MARGULIES / Alicia Florrick – “THE GOOD WIFE” (CBS)

MAGGIE SMITH / Violet Crawley, Dowager Countess of Grantham – “DOWNTON ABBEY” (Masterpiece/PBS)

ROBIN WRIGHT / Claire Underwood – “HOUSE OF CARDS” (Netflix)

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series

TY BURRELL / Phil Dunphy – “MODERN FAMILY” (ABC)

LOUIS C.K. / Louie – “LOUIE” (FX Networks)

WILLIAM H. MACY / Frank – “SHAMELESS” (Showtime)

JIM PARSONS / Sheldon Cooper – “THE BIG BANG THEORY” (CBS)

JEFFREY TAMBOR / Maura Pfefferman – “TRANSPARENT” (Amazon)

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series

UZO ADUBA / Suzanne “Crazy Eyes” Warren – “ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK” (Netflix)

EDIE FALCO / Jackie Peyton – “NURSE JACKIE” (Showtime)

ELLIE KEMPER / Kimmy Schmidt – “UNBREAKABLE KIMMY SCHMIDT” (Netflix)

JULIA LOUIS-DREYFUS / President Selina Meyer – “VEEP” (HBO)

AMY POEHLER / Leslie Knope – “PARKS AND RECREATION” (NBC)

Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series

DOWNTON ABBEY (Masterpiece/PBS)

HUGH BONNEVILLE / Robert, Earl of Grantham

LAURA CARMICHAEL / Lady Edith Crawley

JIM CARTER / Mr. Carson

RAQUEL CASSIDY / Baxter

BRENDAN COYLE / Mr. Bates

TOM CULLEN / Anthony Gillingham

MICHELLE DOCKERY / Lady Mary Crawley

KEVIN DOYLE / Mr. Molesley

JOANNE FROGGATT / Anna Bates

LILY JAMES / Lady Rose

ROBERT JAMES-COLLIER / Thomas Barrow

ALLEN LEECH / Tom Branson

PHYLLIS LOGAN / Mrs. Hughes

ELIZABETH McGOVERN / Cora, Countess of Grantham

SOPHIE McSHERA / Daisy

LESLEY NICOL / Mrs. Patmore

JULIAN OVENDEN / Charles Blake

DAVID ROBB / Dr. Clarkson

MAGGIE SMITH / Violet, Dowager Countess of Grantham

PENELOPE WILTON / Isobel Crawley

GAME OF THRONES (HBO)

ALFIE ALLEN / Theon Greyjoy

IAN BEATTIE / Ser Meryn Trant

JOHN BRADLEY / Samwell Tarly

GWENDOLINE CHRISTIE / Brienne of Tarth

EMILIA CLARKE / Daenerys Targaryen

MICHAEL CONDRON / Bowen Marsh

NIKOLAJ COSTER-WALDAU / Jaime Lannister

BEN CROMPTON / Dolorous Edd

LIAM CUNNINGHAM / Ser Davos Seaworth

STEPHEN DILLANE / Stannis Baratheon

PETER DINKLAGE / Tyrion Lannister

NATHALIE EMMANUEL / Missandei

TARA FITZGERALD / Selyse Baratheon

JEROME FLYNN / Bronn

BRIAN FORTUNE / Othell Yarwyck

JOEL FRY / Hizdahr Zo Loraq

AIDAN GILLEN / Littlefinger Petyr Baelish

IAIN GLEN / Ser Jorah Mormont

KIT HARINGTON / Jon Snow

LENA HEADEY / Cersei Lannister

MICHIEL HUISMAN / Daario Naharis

HANNAH MURRAY / Gilly

BRENOCK O’CONNOR / Olly

DANIEL PORTMAN / Podrick Payne

IWAN RHEON / Ramsay Snow

OWEN TEALE / Ser Alliser Thorne

SOPHIE TURNER / Sansa Stark

CARICE VAN HOUTEN / Melisandre

MAISIE WILLIAMS / Arya Stark

TOM WLASCHIHA / Jaqen H’ghar

HOMELAND (Showtime)

F. MURRAY ABRAHAM / Dar Adal

ATHEER ADEL / Numan

CLAIRE DANES / Carrie Mathison

ALEXANDER FEHLING / Jonas Hollander

RUPERT FRIEND / Peter Quinn

NINA HOSS / Astrid

RENÉ DAVID IFRAH / Bibi

MARK IVANIR / Ivan Krupin

SEBASTIAN KOCH / Otto Düring

MIRANDA OTTO / Allison Carr

MANDY PATINKIN / Saul Berenson

SARAH SOKOLOVIC / Laura Sutton

HOUSE OF CARDS (Netflix)

MAHERSHALA ALI / Remy Danton

DEREK CECIL / Seth Grayson

NATHAN DARROW / Edward Meechum

MICHAEL KELLY / Doug Stamper

ELIZABETH MARVEL / Heather Dunbar

MOLLY PARKER / Jackie Sharp

JIMMI SIMPSON / Gavin Orsay

KEVIN SPACEY / Francis Underwood

ROBIN WRIGHT / Claire Underwood

MAD MEN (AMC)

SOLA BAMIS / Shirley

STEPHANIE DRAKE / Meredith

JAY R. FERGUSON / Stan Rizzo

BRUCE GREENWOOD / Richard Burghoff

JON HAMM / Don Draper

CHRISTINA HENDRICKS / Joan Harris

JANUARY JONES / Betty Francis

VINCENT KARTHEISER / Pete Campbell

ELISABETH MOSS / Peggy Olson

KEVIN RAHM / Ted Chaough

KIERNAN SHIPKA / Sally Draper

JOHN SLATTERY / Roger Sterling

RICH SOMMER / Harry Crane

AARON STATON / Ken Cosgrove

MASON VALE COTTON / Bobby Draper

Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series

THE BIG BANG THEORY (CBS)

MAYIM BIALIK / Amy Farrah Fowler

KALEY CUOCO / Penny

JOHNNY GALECKI / Leonard Hofstadter

SIMON HELBERG / Howard Wolowitz

KUNAL NAYYAR / Rajesh Koothrappali

JIM PARSONS / Sheldon Cooper

MELISSA RAUCH / Bernadette Rostenkowski-Wolowitz

KEY & PEELE (Comedy Central)

KEEGAN-MICHAEL KEY / Various Characters

JORDAN PEELE / Various Characters

MODERN FAMILY (ABC)

JULIE BOWEN / Claire Dunphy

TY BURRELL / Phil Dunphy

AUBREY ANDERSON EMMONS / Lily Tucker-Pritchett

JESSE TYLER FERGUSON / Mitchell Pritchett

NOLAN GOULD / Luke Dunphy

SARAH HYLAND / Haley Dunphy

ED O’NEILL / Jay Pritchett

RICO RODRIGUEZ / Manny Delgado

ERIC STONESTREET / Cameron Tucker

SOFIA VERGARA / Gloria Delgado-Pritchett

ARIEL WINTER / Alex Dunphy

ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK (Netflix)

UZO ADUBA / Suzanne “Crazy Eyes” Warren

MIKE BIRBIGLIA / Danny Pearson

MARSHA STEPHANIE BLAKE / Berdie Rogers

DANIELLE BROOKS / Tasha “Taystee” Jefferson

LAVERNE COX / Sophia Burset

JACKIE CRUZ / Marisol “Flaca” Gonzales

CATHERINE CURTIN / Wanda Bell

LEA DELARIA / Carrie “Big Boo” Black

BETH FOWLER / Sister Jane Ingalls

JOEL MARSH GARLAND / Scott O’Neill

KIMIKO GLENN / Brook Soso

ANNIE GOLDEN / Norma Romano

DIANE GUERRERO / Maritza Ramos

MICHAEL J. HARNEY / Sam Healy

VICKY JEUDY / Janae Watson

SELENIS LEYVA / Gloria Mendoza

TARYN MANNING / Tiffany “Pennsatucky” Doggett

ADRIENNE C. MOORE / Black Cindy

KATE MULGREW / Galina “Red” Reznikov

EMMA MYLES / Leanne Taylor

MATT PETERS / Joel Luschek

LORI PETTY / Lolly Whitehill

JESSICA PIMENTEL / Maria Ruiz

DASCHA POLANCO / Dayanara Diaz

LAURA PREPON / Alex Vause

ELIZABETH RODRIGUEZ / Aleida Diaz

RUBY ROSE / Stella Carlin

NICK SANDOW / Joe Caputo

ABIGAIL SAVAGE / Gina

TAYLOR SCHILLING / Piper Chapman

CONSTANCE SHULMAN / Yoga Jones

DALE SOULES / Frieda

YAEL STONE / Lorna Morello

SAMIRA WILEY / Poussey Washington

TRANSPARENT (Amazon)

ALEXANDRA BILLINGS / Davina Rejennae

CARRIE BROWNSTEIN / Syd Feldman

JAY DUPLASS / Josh Pfefferman

KATHRYN HAHN / Raquel Fein

GABY HOFFMANN / Ali Pfefferman

CHERRY JONES / Leslie Mackinaw

AMY LANDECKER / Sarah Pfefferman

JUDITH LIGHT / Shelly Pfefferman

HARI NEF / Gittel/Gerson

EMILY ROBINSON / Rose Boymelgreen

JEFFREY TAMBOR / Maura Pfefferman

VEEP (HBO)

DIEDRICH BADER / Bill Ericsson

SUFE BRADSHAW / Sue Wilson

ANNA CHLUMSKY / Amy Brookheimer

GARY COLE / Kent Davidson

KEVIN DUNN / Ben Cafferty

TONY HALE / Gary Walsh

HUGH LAURIE / Tom James

JULIA LOUIS-DREYFUS/President Selina Meyer

PHIL REEVES / Doyle

SAM RICHARDSON / Richard

REID SCOTT / Dan Egan

TIMOTHY SIMONS / Jonah Ryan

SARAH SUTHERLAND / Catherine

MATT WALSH / Mike McLintock