Dark showbiz comedy 'Birdman' leads SAG film award nominations

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By Eric Kelsey

WEST HOLLYWOOD, Calif. (Reuters) - The cast of dark existential comedy "Birdman" led the Screen Actors Guild film award nominations on Wednesday, earning four nods from its peers in the kick-off of the Hollywood awards season.

"Birdman" was followed by coming-of-age chronicle "Boyhood," biographical drama "The Theory of Everything" and World War Two drama "The Imitation Game," with three nominations each.

Those films, along with the Wes Anderson comedy "The Grand Budapest Hotel," each scored a nomination for best ensemble cast, the top film prize handed out by the organization.

Notable omissions were the World War Two story "Unbroken" and the Martin Luther King biopic "Selma."

"Birdman," about a has-been Hollywood star bent on reviving his career on the stage, netted nominations for Michael Keaton (best actor), Emma Stone (best supporting actress) and Edward Norton (best supporting actor).

"An ensemble like this hardly ever comes around, and all of us made this very unique film work - (led) by our maestro, director Alejandro Inarritu," Keaton said in a statement.

Early Oscar favorites Julianne Moore ("Still Alice") and Reese Witherspoon ("Wild") earned best actress nominations along with Jennifer Aniston ("Cake").

Golden Globe nominations will be announced on Thursday.   Continued...

 
Director Alejandro Inarritu (3rd R) poses with actors Amy Ryan (L), Edward Norton (2nd L), Emma Stone (3rd L), Michael Keaton (2nd R) and Andrea Riseborough (R) during the photo call for the movie "Birdman or (The unexpected virtue of ignorance)" at the 71st Venice Film Festival August 27, 2014. REUTERS/Tony Gentile