2017 SAG nominations: some surprises, snubs and WTFery…?


It’s one of those years where there should not be too many surprises when it comes to the major Oscar contenders. There are some real races going on, for sure, but as far as the nominations go, the actual races solidified pretty early on, with a few exceptions. For example, while I think Moonlight’s Mahershala Ali is the leading contender for Best Supporting Actor, the other nominations are largely up in the air. Anyway, the SAG nominations were just released and most of these nominations were expected. There were a handful of surprises, but nothing on the level of “Jennifer Aniston wants an Oscar nomination.” Here are the big nominations:

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role in a Motion Picture
Casey Affleck, Manchester by the Sea
Andrew Garfield, Hacksaw Ridge
Ryan Gosling, La La Land
Viggo Mortensen, Captain Fantastic
Denzel Washington, Fences

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role in a Motion Picture
Amy Adams, Arrival
Emily Blunt, The Girl on the Train
Natalie Portman, Jackie
Emma Stone, La La Land
Meryl Streep, Florence Foster Jenkins

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture
Mahershala Ali, Moonlight
Jeff Bridges, Hell or High Water
Hugh Grant, Florence Foster Jenkins
Lucas Hedges, Manchester by the Sea
Dev Patel, Lion

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture
Viola Davis, Fences
Naomie Harris, Moonlight
Nicole Kidman, Lion
Octavia Spencer, Hidden Figures
Michelle Williams, Manchester by the Sea

Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
Captain Fantastic
Hidden Figures
Manchester by the Sea

The biggest WTF snub is… nothing for Loving???? Are you joking? Nothing for Ruth Negga, nothing for Joel Edgerton, nothing for the ensemble? I’m sorry, Emily Blunt has no place on that list if you’re going to completely dismiss Negga’s work.

The surprises: other actors love Viggo Mortensen and odd little indie films, which is how Viggo and Captain Fantastic got nominations. Viggo hasn’t been a big part of the conversation for Best Actor, and I’m guessing he won’t campaign much, but this is a nice way to honor him for a film which got great reviews (I haven’t seen it). It’s also a surprise to see Emily Blunt there, because she was snubbed for a Globe nomination and she hasn’t been part of any awards discussion that I’ve seen. What else? I love that Octavia Spencer made the cut – one of the most egregious nomination snubs in recent memory, in my opinion, is that she wasn’t recognized for her outstanding work in Fruitvale Station. Octavia, for me, should win everything, all the time. Let’s see… people love Viola and Denzel and Meryl Streep. All in all… this mixes up the Oscar races a little bit, but not significantly.

You can see the full list of TV nominations here, I’m not going to cover it separately.



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  1. Marianne says:

    I loved with the Globes nominations when Jessica Chastain pointed out that 4 of the ladies from The Help were nominated and its the same at the SAG’s except Bryce replaces Jessica. LOL.

  2. Bex says:

    Emily Blunt gave a much better performance than the terrible movie she was in deserved, but ouch for Annette Bening and Ruth Negga :/ I think Meryl might get an Oscar nod now, especially as she’s getting the Lifetime Achievement thing at the Globes, which means somebody who deserves a nomination is probably going to miss out.

    • Lucy2 says:

      Emily was very good in that movie.
      I’d rather see Meryl sit this one out for a change.

    • Lahdidahbaby says:

      I really don’t think FFJ is much of an an Oscar vehicle, but maybe that’s just me. And Streep has so many honors under her belt already that unless the role was so spectacularly profound, affecting, or demanding–which I honestly don’t feel FFJ was–it just seems time for others to have a shot.

  3. Locke Lamora says:

    I haven’t seen Loving, so I can’t comment on Ruth’s work, but I wouldn’t give Emily a nomination. She was mediocre in GOTT.

  4. Sam says:

    Sorry but Emily Blunt’s nomination is a big WTF. Even the Golden Globes didn’t stoop that low. The Girl On The Train wasn’t good…at all. And while her performance wasn’t awful, it’s not Awards worthy either.

    How she got nominated….I have no idea. If they were trying to go all WTF on us and make it a joke, they may as well have put Blake Lively on the list for The Shallows. At least then we will know for sure that it’s a joke because right now I am truly appalled at how Blunt made it on this list.

    Other than that…I think the nominations are fine. I do think the Best Actor category *may* change for the Oscars depending on what happens at the Globes.

    • Manjit says:

      EB seems to be really well liked by other actors. That’s the only reason I can think she was nominated.

    • V4Real says:

      “If they were trying to go all WTF on us and make it a joke, they may as well have put Blake Lively on the list for The Shallows.”

      What do you mean by that? The Shallows was a brilliantly acted film acted by an actress (Blake lively) with great depth. She’s an amazing actress and should be in more quality films such as The Shallow. Stop hating on Blake, she’s great.

      Ok, I couldn’t even keep a straight face as I typed that. The shark was the only stand out actor in that movie.

  5. Kasia says:

    The Girl on the Train wasn’t great and wasn’t even that well received critically. Maybe someone tossed a couple bucks in to make sure she got a nomination…

  6. Svea says:

    Enough of Meryl now. I get that producers put her in nomination to support the film, but others should have a chance.

    • imqrious2 says:

      She *is* very good in FFJ, but c’mon, she’s always good lol! When is enough, enough? We KNOW she’s outstanding, but others are deserving, too. Even Candice Bergen had the good grace to remove herself for Emmy contention after winning 5 statues:

      “In 1996, shortly after winning her fifth non-consecutive Lead Actress Emmy for Murphy Brown, Candice Bergen took herself out of the running in order to give one of her peers a shot at the gold statue.” http://tvline.com/2016/09/19/julia-louis-dreyfus-emmy-race-2017-veep-withdraw/

      • RedWeatherTiger says:

        I have no knowledge of what I’m about to say, but I am going to try to say something anyway.

        Maybe Meryl can’t or won’t take herself out of the nominations because, unlike a TV show like Candice had going, a movie is a one-shot deal, and so especially on quieter films like FFJ, producers depend on awards buzz (and awards themselves) to up the profit margin. Whether that is right or wrong isn’t the point, but it could explain why Candice could make a move like that five years into a wildly successful TV show without interfering with anyone’s profit margin, while Meryl cannot do the same.

      • Margo S. says:

        OK. Now I love Candice bergen so much more. What a noble thing to do. Why doesn’t Meryl do this yet? For eff sakes. I’m so sick of seeing her nominated! I’m over it!

      • Chinoiserie says:

        Red Weather Tiger, I agree, the producers and studios can inside Mereyl campainging to promote the film. A film with noms is better to market to streming and such things as well. Not that I want her here.

  7. Neelyo says:

    i have friends all over the country who are members of SAG. most of them do extra work once a year to maintain their memberships. A large voting block of SAG are people who are not industry insiders and don’t get screeners. i doubt LOVING has opened wide enough for many SAG members to see it.

    People need to stop taking award shows seriously just because some basic cable channel shows it to fill up air time. Most of these award shows are meaningless and people only began to care so much when they showed up on television.

    • imqrious2 says:

      They’re also sending screeners later than usual; that could have an impact as well. My brother-in-law gets them every year, and he’s only gotten a handful so far.

    • Sam says:

      SAG-AFTRA has 160,00 members, and the nominating committee is made up of only 2,200 randomly chosen members. If your friends aren’t on the nominating committee this year, they won’t necessarily get all the screeners. The voters receive all available screeners.

      It’s true that the “Loving” screeners were sent out a bit late, but I suspect Loving’s real problem is that it is universally described as “quiet” and “understated” (I haven’t seen it yet.)

  8. minx says:

    Sterling K. Brown was nominated for both O.J. and This Is Us; good for him.

  9. Jess says:

    Ok so the Ruth Negga snub makes me wonder why there are these stupid awards shows anymore, they’re completely irrelevant. Honestly, I saw FFJ and Meryl was ok in what I considered a mediocre film. Ruth Negga is PERFECTION in Loving and I’m pretty sure Meryl would agree. The Emily Blunt nom is just embarrassing. That movie was a piece of Lifetime channel crap.

    • CornyBlue says:

      Girl on the Train is like a very very budget Gone Girl and the film was somehow worse than the source material. Emily was good in it but nothing awards worthy…definitely no Rosamund Pike for Gone Girl thing happening here.

  10. Kori says:

    I like most of them but there are definitely some ‘are you kidding me?’ ones. I would put the WTF over Streep more than Blunt–she was really good (IMO) in a so-so movie. But the automatic Meryl awards are just too much. And, yes, Ruth Negga definitely should be. And probably someone else over those 2. As –mostly Annette Benning. Joel Edgerton too though the Best Actor race is pretty much what I’d thought. I thought Viggo would. make a run–there was some good buzz around him earlier. But if the Oscars are close to the GG and SAG then we at least shouldn’t have a repeat of #oscarssowhite. But hopefully they will rectify the Loving situation pronto.

  11. CornyBlue says:

    I like Emily Blunt.. love her infact.. but her over Ruth Negga for Loving??? White women have it so damn easy in this world damn.
    Was Huppert not eligible somehow?

    • Marianne says:

      From what Ive read the Loving screeners went out on the late side. perhaps that had something to do with it.

  12. Livealot says:

    Just wish the Casey Affleck backlash would stick the way Nate Parkers did.

    • jetlagged says:

      Me too.

    • CornyBlue says:

      Same. I refuse to see Manchester By The Sea or to ever talk about its chances or hype it up anywhere. Let us treat all rapists alike.

      • Amanda says:

        Have you read the allegations about him? He’s gross, but he hasn’t been accused of rape.

      • CornyBlue says:

        If I am not remembering wrong it was definitely sexual abuse . Though you are technically correct it was not technically rape.

    • lucy2 says:

      IKR? I barely see it mentioned.
      Glad to see Parker pretty much ignored. I think he expected to win a lot of awards for that movie.

    • Margo S. says:

      I agree! I refuse to see that movie or any future movie he’s in. He’s scum. I’m starting to think hollywood is scum too…

      • Amanda says:

        I’m pretty sure Hollywood would forgive anyone for anything if they’re talented enough. Way too many cases of this.

  13. Justjj says:

    I thought Captain Fantastic was kind of cute but very aware of itself and predictable at times. The kids in it were adorable of course. But I don’t know that it was amazing or anything and Viggo’s performance was good but not super memorable. There’s a lot on the list I haven’t seen yet though. Emily Blunt is a wtf to me. Couldn’t even make it through 20 mins.

  14. JulP says:

    Ok WTF with the lead actress nominations. Can we please stop nominating Meryl for everything?? She’s a great actress but there are tons of other deserving actresses out there, and given that this was such a strong year for actresses, it’s a disgrace that she’s picking up momentum for another scenery-chewing, completely over-acted role (fyi the French film Marguerite is far better than FFJ).

    And I love Emily Blunt, but really? She gets in over Ruth Negga, Annette Benning and Isabelle Huppert? I actually thought Annette would be a major contender this year so I’m disappointed that she didn’t even get a SAG nom. Sad that the best actress race is coming down to Natalie and Emma, and that Natalie could have a second Oscar (or Emma a first) before Annette Benning gets one 🙁

    • Paula says:

      Agree about Meryl, I saw FFJ and her performance was meh. It’s frustrating with so many good actors being ignored.

  15. MadHatter says:

    Meryl needs to stop getting nominated,I’m bored and I really don’t think she’s had an outstanding performance for the last few years. She gets nominated for the sake of it. Ruth Negga and Joel Edgerton are getting snubbed left,right and center. And seriously Emily Blunt??? Amy Adams in Arrival??? WTH is going on?

  16. frisbee says:

    I think they are nominating Emily blunt for playing very dislikeable character, which means that they are rewarding the effort rather than the performance AGAIN. They did this last year with DiCaprio, his effort in the Revenant plus a history of nominations and no wins pushed him up the list. It’s totally ridiculous that they didn’t nominate Ruth Negga and that ‘Loving’ got no nominations at all and it makes you wonder why they are called ‘acting’ awards at all when there are so many other factors like politics, box office etc that go into the mix as well.

  17. jetlagged says:

    No cast nomination for Hell or High Water? That was the most uniformly excellent cast I’ve seen in a while. Even the actors that only had one scene or a few lines knocked it out of the park.

  18. Tallia says:

    Emily Blunt, The Girl on the Train – Average performance IMHO.
    Natalie Portman, Jackie – Seriously? Bland (and that is me being kind)
    Meryl Streep, Florence Foster Jenkins – Blah. Me and Julia – the Musical . How many more versions of this are we going to see?

    Ruth Negga deserved a nom before the aforementioned.

    As for Affleck, oh to be a white man in Hollywood. Right Fassbender, Leto, Baldwin, Hirsch?

  19. Brea says:

    I already commented on this, but at this point Meryl gets nominated on her name alone. I know that she’s an outstanding actress who is loved in the industry, but in an year where there are so many interesting performances by women there was no need to nominate her because the film altogether was mediocre imo.
    I hope she won’t get an Oscar nomination over Annette Bening, Ruth Negga and Huppert.

  20. unbroken says:

    I don’t understand why Viola Davis isn’t in the Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role in a Motion Picture category.

    • Sam says:

      It’s only because she decided to campaign in Supporting, which pretty much guarantees her a win at the Oscars. Aka category fraud.

      • N says:

        Alicia vikander did the same thing and it worked for her

      • Amanda says:

        I really hate when actors/actresses do that. I think that Viola could have had a chance at Best Actress in this role.

      • Bex says:

        From the reviews her role seems borderline and like it could’ve gone either way, but they’re also so glowing about her and she’s so respected that I think she had a real shot at Lead and I wish she’d gone for it. At least she’ll get an Oscar!

    • Lex says:

      I’ve only seen the preview so can’t say definitively but I thought the same for Dev Patel in Lion… The film seems to be totally focused on him. How is he only supporting actor?

      • Sam says:

        Most of the screen time in Lion is devoted to Dev’s character as a young child. It wouldn’t be unprecedented if he campaigned as Lead, since Supporting vs. Lead isn’t merely about screen time, but Supporting is probably more appropriate.

  21. Margo S. says:

    Emily blunt? What?!

  22. serena says:

    I LOVED Mr Fantastic, it’s such a great movie and I’m happy it got at least a nomination! 🙂

  23. Oriane says:

    Hugh Grant! I had not thought of it, but now that I see his name in the running, I really want him to win the SAG award AND the Oscar! Years of dedication in playing the awkward Englishman deserve recognition! ^__^