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SAG Awards: Get The Full List Of Film Nominees And Analysis

The Screen Actors Guild doesn’t hand out a Best Picture award, so to say, but their nominations do help clarify which movies and actors are in the hunt for Oscar’s top prizes. Announced this morning, the SAG Award nominees sprinkled love on several expected projects, and then shed light on a few dark-horse contenders who likely appreciate the boost.

A quick scan of this year’s nominees shows that Jake Gyllenhaal rallied enough support for his darkly demented turn in Nightcrawler, a film that needed a bump like this to keep Gyllenhaal in the Oscar discussion. The Best Actor race is ridiculously crowded this year, and we will continue to write about omissions every time a new batch of nominees gets announced. For example, the absence of Oscar Isaac and David Oyelowo on this list suggests that the SAG voters didn’t get to see A Most Violent Year or Selma prior to casting ballots.

Jennifer Aniston also turns heads this morning by climbing into the Best Actress race for her work in Cake. Screeners for Daniel Barnz’s drama are landing in the mailboxes of various guilds, suggesting that the one-time Friends star could mount a serious campaign. A SAG nomination is a terrific first step. Let’s see if it continues with the Golden Globes next.

Elsewhere, when looking at the Outstanding Performance By A Cast nods, this is the equivalent of Best Picture, and these are the films that seem to have the most momentum at the moment. Birdman always was going to connect with SAG voters. It is an ACTOR’s movie, about ACTING. Boyhood checks yet another box, while The Grand Budapest Hotel enjoys another publicity bump on the lengthy awards trail. Not to overlook the nominees, but the bigger story always will be the movies left out here, and for that, I have to wonder what a lack of a SAG nomination does for the Best Picture dreams of films like Unbroken, Gone Girl (which did get love for Rosamund Pike), Foxcatcher, Into the Woods, Selma and American Sniper.

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Here are the complete nominees. More analysis as the morning continues:

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role

STEVE CARELL / John du Pont – "FOXCATCHER" (Sony Pictures Classics)

BENEDICT CUMBERBATCH / Alan Turing – "THE IMITATION GAME" (The Weinstein Company)

JAKE GYLLENHAAL / Louis Bloom – "NIGHTCRAWLER" (Open Road Films)

MICHAEL KEATON / Riggan – "BIRDMAN" (Fox Searchlight Pictures)

EDDIE REDMAYNE / Stephen Hawking – "THE THEORY OF EVERYTHING" (Focus Features)

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role

JENNIFER ANISTON / Claire Bennett – "CAKE" (Cinelou Films)

FELICITY JONES / Jane Hawking – "THE THEORY OF EVERYTHING" (Focus Features)

JULIANNE MOORE / Alice Howland-Jones – "STILL ALICE" (Sony Pictures Classics)

ROSAMUND PIKE / Amy Dunne – "GONE GIRL" (20th Century Fox)

REESE WITHERSPOON / Cheryl Strayed – "WILD" (Fox Searchlight Pictures)

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role

ROBERT DUVALL / Joseph Palmer – "THE JUDGE" (Warner Bros. Pictures)

ETHAN HAWKE / Mason, Sr. – "BOYHOOD" (IFC Films)

EDWARD NORTON / Mike – "BIRDMAN" (Fox Searchlight Pictures)

MARK RUFFALO / Dave Schultz – "FOXCATCHER" (Sony Pictures Classics)

J.K. SIMMONS / Fletcher – "WHIPLASH" (Sony Pictures Classics)

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role

PATRICIA ARQUETTE / Olivia – "BOYHOOD" (IFC Films)

KEIRA KNIGHTLEY / Joan Clarke – "THE IMITATION GAME" (The Weinstein Company)

EMMA STONE / Sam – "BIRDMAN" (Fox Searchlight Pictures)

MERYL STREEP / The Witch – "INTO THE WOODS" (Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures)

NAOMI WATTS / Daka – "ST. VINCENT" (The Weinstein Company)

Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture

BIRDMAN (Fox Searchlight Pictures)

ZACH GALIFIANAKIS / Jake

MICHAEL KEATON / Riggan

EDWARD NORTON / Mike

ANDREA RISEBOROUGH / Laura

AMY RYAN / Sylvia

EMMA STONE / Sam

NAOMI WATTS / Lesley

BOYHOOD (IFC Films)

PATRICIA ARQUETTE / Olivia

ELLAR COLTRANE / Mason

ETHAN HAWKE / Mason, Sr.

LORELEI LINKLATER / Samantha

THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL (FOX SEARCHLIGHT PICTURES)

F. MURRAY ABRAHAM / Mr. Moustafa

MATHIEU AMALRIC / Serge X.

ADRIEN BRODY / Dmitri

WILLEM DAFOE / Jopling

RALPH FIENNES / M. Gustave

JEFF GOLDBLUM / Dep. Kovacs

HARVEY KEITEL / Ludwig

JUDE LAW / Young Writer

BILL MURRAY / M. Ivan

EDWARD NORTON / Henckels

TONY REVOLORI / Zero

SAOIRSE RONAN / Agatha

JASON SCHWARTZMAN / M. Jean

LÉA SEYDOUX / Clotilde

TILDA SWINTON / Madame D

TOM WILKINSON / Author

OWEN WILSON / M. Chuck

THE IMITATION GAME (The Weinstein Company)

MATTHEW BEARD / Peter Hilton

BENEDICT CUMBERBATCH / Alan Turing

CHARLES DANCE / Commander Denniston

MATTHEW GOODE / Hugh Alexander

RORY KINNEAR / Nock

KEIRA KNIGHTLEY / Joan Clarke

ALLEN LEECH / John Cairncross

MARK STRONG / Stewart Menzies

THE THEORY OF EVERYTHING (Focus Features)

CHARLIE COX / Jonathan Hellyer Jones

FELICITY JONES / Jane Hawking

SIMON McBURNEY / Frank Hawking

EDDIE REDMAYNE / Stephen Hawking

DAVID THEWLIS / Dennis Sciama

EMILY WATSON / Beryl Wilde

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