Live from the Pacific Design Center, Sophia Bush and Common revealed the nominations for the 23rd annual Screen Actors Guild Award and needless to say, they turned several heads. Current awards frontrunner La La Land failed to land a Best Ensemble nomination, while the television categories are dominated by newcomers Stranger Things, The Crown, and Westworld.
The last film to win Best Picture at the Oscars without scoring a Best Ensemble nomination at the SAG Awards was 1995’s Braveheart, which means La La Land has quite a bit of history to overcome. It’s notable that La La Land, while having some minor supporting characters, is primarily a two-person film, which is perhaps why SAG-AFTRA opted to not recognize it as an ensemble even though similar films like The Theory of Everything and Dallas Buyers Club have been nominated in the past. These nominations aren’t to say La La Land is out of the race — far from it — but it’s something that’s made a lot of jaw drops this morning.
Other shocking nominations include the love for the indie film Captain Fantastic as well as Emily Blunt’s performance in The Girl on the Train, the latter of which wasn’t well-received (although Blunt managed to avoid most of the criticisms lobbied at the film).
The surprises didn’t end with the film categories, however, as the SAG awards decided to primarily award newcomers in the television drama categories, with Stranger Things, The Crown, and Westworld all garnering numerous awards and shutting out programs like The Americans. The comedy categories are surprising in another way, in that they’re mostly old hat and have completely ignored worthy contenders like Donald Glover and his series Atlanta.