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Popcorn & Prejudice: A Movie Blog

Seattle Times writer Moira Macdonald muses on moviegoing. Email Moira: mmacdonald@seattletimes.com.

December 10, 2014 at 10:13 AM

SAG Awards announced; ‘Birdman’ gets most nods

(By the way: I’ll be starting weekly live chats with readers on this blog on Fridays at noon, beginning this Friday. Come join me!)

The Screen Actors Guild announced their annual award nominations this morning — and “Birdman,” Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu’s gloriously surreal backstage comedy of errors, has the most individual nods, with four. Also doing well: “Boyhood,” “The Imitation Game,” “The Theory of Everything” and “Foxcatcher”; no other movie received multiple nominations. Shut out, surprisingly, was “Selma,” most notably David Oyelowo’s Oscar-buzzed performance as Martin Luther King Jr. ; Variety explains that its studio, Paramount, didn’t get screeners out in time. (Same thing happened last year with Paramount’s “The Wolf of Wall Street,” which ended up doing fine at Oscar-nomination time.) Here are the nominees in the movie categories:

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role
Steve Carell, “Foxcatcher”
Benedict Cumberbatch, “The Imitation Game”
Jake Gyllenhaal, “Nightcrawler”
Michael Keaton, “Birdman”
Eddie Redmayne, “The Theory of Everything”

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role
Jennifer Aniston, “Cake”
Felicity Jones, “The Theory of Everything”
Julianne Moore, “Still Alice”
Rosamund Pike, “Gone Girl”
Reese Witherspoon, “Wild”

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role
Robert Duvall, “The Judge”
Ethan Hawke, “Boyhood”
Edward Norton, “Birdman”
Mark Ruffalo, “Foxcatcher”
J.K. Simmons, “Whiplash”

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role
Patricia Arquette, “Boyhood”
Keira Knightley, “The Imitation Game”
Emma Stone, “Birdman”
Meryl Streep, “Into the Woods”
Naomi Watts, “St. Vincent”

Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture

“Birdman”

“Boyhood”

“The Grand Budapest Hotel”

“The Imitation Game”

“The Theory of Everything”
Biggest surprises? Jennifer Aniston’s nomination, for a movie that’s been released nowhere (it will have an Oscar-qualifiying NY/LA release before the end of the year), and Jake Gyllenhaal, who was terrific in “Nightcrawler” but edged out Oyelowo, Timothy Spall in “Mr. Turner,” Ben Affleck in “Gone Girl,” Ralph Fiennes in “Grand Budapest Hotel” and others.  I’m also surprised to see Naomi Watts here for “St. Vincent,” a odd performance that was far outshone by her work in “Birdman.” For ensemble cast, I might have picked the “Gone Girl” crew over “The Theory of Everything” (which feels more like a two-hander than an ensemble piece). In any case, the SAGs tend to be a pretty good predictor of the Oscars; the Academy’s 1,200 member acting branch is mostly made up of SAG members. (Note, though, that that the entire SAG membership does not vote on the SAG nominations; a nominations committee representing a small fraction of the members votes for nominations, then the entire body votes for the final awards.) Golden Globes coming tomorrow; stay tuned.

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(Michael Keaton in “Birdman”; photo courtesy of Fox Searchlight.)

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