'Trumbo' leads Screen Actor nods; 'Joy', 'The Martian' snubbed

Thu Dec 10, 2015 7:02am EST
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By Piya Sinha-Roy

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - "Trumbo," the movie about the 1947 Hollywood blacklist, led the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) nominations on Wednesday in a diverse field that hinted at likely Oscar contenders but snubbed presumed front-runners "The Martian" and new Jennifer Lawrence drama "Joy."

"Trumbo," about a group of screenwriters and directors shunned for their associations to the Communist Party, earned three nominations, including the guild's top prize for best ensemble cast.

Other nominees for best ensemble include Netflix African war drama "Beasts of No Nation," Wall Street comedy "The Big Short," Catholic Church abuse probe "Spotlight" and rap movie "Straight Outta Compton."

Adam McKay, director of "The Big Short" said he was impressed by the range of topics covered by the nominations.

"You're talking about the advent of hip hop, child soldiers, the sex scandal in Catholic church and malfeasance in Wall Street - I'm pretty proud of that for Hollywood," he told Reuters.

The top winners at the SAG awards, chosen by more than 100,000 actors, often go on to win Oscars. The list was announced a day ahead of Thursday's Golden Globe nominations and January's nominations for the Oscars.

"Trumbo" star Bryan Cranston earned a best actor nod for his role as Dalton Trumbo, while Helen Mirren got a best supporting actress nomination for playing gossip columnist Hedda Hopper. Mirren was also nominated for best actress for "Woman in Gold."

Other lead movie actors nods went to Johnny Depp for "Black Mass," Leonardo DiCaprio for "The Revenant," Michael Fassbender for "Steve Jobs" and Eddie Redmayne for playing a transgender pioneer in "The Danish Girl."   Continued...

Actors Bryan Cranston (L), Helen Mirren and John Goodman pose for photographers during a photo call for the film "Trumbo" in London, Britain October 8, 2015. REUTERS/Suzanne Plunkett