Some of the critics groups have given out their prizes already, but the race to the Oscar is just getting started. This morning Screen Actors Guild announced its list of nominees for the 2015 awards, with Birdman and House of Cards emerging as two big favorites.

For the most part they went as predicted, but there were also a few big surprises to keep us on our toes. Read the full list of 2015 Screen Actors Guild Awards nominations after the jump.

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The end of the year is approaching and that means award season. Every year it starts with regional critic groups and then slowly gets to the bigger, more influential groups leading up through the Academy Awards. If a film hopes to gain an Academy Award nomination, its first major hurdle is the Screen Actors Guild. Actors make up the majority of Academy voters so it’s an important group of champions to win over heading towards the Dolby Theater (formerly the Kodak Theater).

This year, the Screen Actors Guild has nominated actors from Argo, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, Les Misérables, Lincoln and Silver Linings Playbook for its top award, Best Ensemble, with those last two leading all other films with four nominations each. Noticeably absent? Zero Dark Thirty, the current Oscar front-runner. Does this hurt its chances? See how the film did in all the other categories below. Read More »

18th Annual Screen Actors Guild Award Nominations Announced

Though the Oscar remains the biggest award in Hollywood, Oscar watchers know to keep an eye on guild and critics’ circle awards to see which pics are building the most buzz. This morning saw the announcement of the nominations for the 18th annual Screen Actors Guild Awards, with the winners to be announced in a ceremony Sunday, January 29.

Whatever you thought of the racial politics of The Help, it was tough to deny the incredible acting on display, and the cast has duly been rewarded with four nominations — the most of any motion picture this year. The Artist came in second, with three nominations. I was also very happy to Bridesmaids get a couple of nominations, as comedies of that sort usually get overlooked come awards season. All three are up for Outstanding Performance by a Cast, as were The Descendants and Midnight in Paris.

Notable omissions this year include Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy and Shame. So maybe this won’t be the year Gary Oldman finally gets his Oscar after all. Or the year the Academy finally embraces NC-17.

But enough talking from me — read the full list of nominees after the jump.

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It’s the week for big awards nominations and critic association lists, and we’ve already had some major examples of both, wherein the great array of films from 2009 is increasingly being boiled down to a few likely awards contenders. It’s a weird culling-out process.

Today the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) announced its own list of nominations for 2009, and I was hopeful for a more diverse array of choices. This is the organization where actors vote on their direct peers, after all, so there was reason to hope the list wouldn’t quite be in lock-step with the big critic organizations and the Golden Globes. With the exception of a few left-field choices (like Diane Kruger‘s Supporting Actress nom for Inglourious Basterds) that’s not the case. Read More »