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‘Manchester,’ ‘Stranger Things’ Among 2017 SAG Award Nominees

‘Manchester,’ ‘Stranger Things’ Among 2017 SAG Award Nominees
Photo Source: Courtesy Roadside Attractions & Amazon Studios

The nominees for the 23rd annual Screen Actors Guild Awards were presented this morning as we enter the final (and most exciting!) leg of the awards race. Announced by Sophia Bush and Common at the Pacific Design Center in West Hollywood, the nominated performers represent the best work on the big and small screens in the calendar year of 2016, as voted upon by SAG members across the country.

READ: Backstage’s picks for 2016’s best indie film, studio film, TV comedy, and TV drama ensembles!

This year’s nominated film ensembles—the SAG Awards’ equivalent of the Best Picture Oscar—are “Captain Fantastic” (Bleecker Street), “Fences” (Paramount Pictures), “Hidden Figures” (20th Century Fox), “Manchester by the Sea” (Roadside Attractions and Amazon Studios), “Moonlight” (A24). Several actors from those five were included in individual acting categories as well, along with Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling in “La La Land” (Lionsgate), Meryl Streep and Hugh Grant in “Florence Foster Jenkins” (Paramount Pictures), and Nicole Kidman and Dev Patel in “Lion” (Weinstein Co.). Kenneth Lonergan’s “Manchester” came away with top honors, earning nominations for stars Casey Affleck, Michelle Williams, and Lucas Hedges.

The TV nominees represented a particularly strong year for scripted content across cable and streaming networks. Earning three nods apiece were Netflix’s “Stranger Things” and “The Crown,” HBO’s “Westworld,” and FX’s “People v. O.J.: American Crime Story.” Sterling K. Brown, who won an Emmy earlier this year for the latter, has the distinction of being nominated in two SAG categories, for “People v. O.J.” and for NBC’s new hit drama “This Is Us.” Netting the most nominations by far was Netflix with 17, including recognition for “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt,” “Grace and Frankie,” “Orange Is the New Black,” and “House of Cards.”

As last year’s ceremony indicated, the award for best film ensemble tends to be a bellwether for the Oscar for best picture. Open Road Films’ “Spotlight,” and Fox Searchlight Pictures’ “Birdman” the year before, were recognized for their ensemble work. Of the 21 winners for the Best Film Ensemble SAG Award, 11 have gone on to win the industry’s top prize. Which of the 2017 nominees do you think could do the same?

READ: “Your Definitive 2016 Awards Calendar”

The SAG Awards will be feted at a ceremony on Jan. 29, 2017 in L.A. Receiving the Life Achievement Award this year is screen and stage legend Lily Tomlin (who is herself nominated for female actor in a comedy series). If you’re one of the over 100,000 SAG members voting, take note! Final ballots will be mailed out Dec. 19 and your picks for the year’s best performers are due by Jan. 27 when voting closes. Check out the full list of this year’s SAG Award nominees below. 

Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
“Captain Fantastic” (Bleecker Street)
“Fences” (Paramount Pictures)
“Hidden Figures” (20th Century Fox)
“Manchester by the Sea” (Roadside Attractions and Amazon Studios)
“Moonlight” (A24)

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role
Amy Adams, “Arrival” (Paramount Pictures)
Emily Blunt, “The Girl On the Train” (Universal Studios)
Natalie Portman, “Jackie” (Fox Searchlight Pictures)
Emma Stone, “La La Land” (Lionsgate)
Meryl Streep, “Florence Foster Jenkins” (Paramount Pictures)

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role
Casey Affleck, “Manchester by the Sea” (Roadside Attractions and Amazon Studios)
Andrew Garfield, “Hacksaw Ridge” (Lionsgate)
Ryan Gosling, “La La Land” (Lionsgate)
Viggo Mortensen, “Captain Fantastic” (Bleecker Street)
Denzel Washington, “Fences” (Paramount Pictures)

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role
Viola Davis, “Fences” (Paramount Pictures)
Naomie Harris, “Moonlight” (A24)
Nicole Kidman, “Lion” (Weinstein Co.)
Octavia Spencer, “Hidden Figures” (20th Century Fox)
Michelle Williams, “Manchester by the Sea” (Roadside Attractions and Amazon Studios)

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role
Mahershala Ali, “Moonlight” (A24)
Jeff Bridges, “Hell or High Water” (Lionsgate/CBS Films)
Hugh Grant, “Florence Foster Jenkins” (Paramount Pictures)
Lucas Hedges, “Manchester by the Sea” (Roadside Attractions and Amazon Studios)
Dev Patel, “Lion” (Weinstein Co.)

Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series
“The Crown” (Netflix)
“Downton Abbey” (PBS)
“Game of Thrones” (HBO)
“Stranger Things” (Netflix)
“Westworld” (HBO)

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series
Millie Bobby Brown, “Stranger Things” (Netflix)
Claire Foy, “The Crown” (Netflix)
Thandie Newton, “Westworld” (HBO)
Winona Ryder, “Stranger Things” (Netflix)
Robin Wright, “House of Cards” (Netflix)

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series
Sterling K. Brown, “This Is Us” (NBC)
Peter Dinklage, “Game of Thrones” (HBO)
John Lithgow, “The Crown” (Netflix)
Rami Malek, “Mr. Robot” (USA)
Kevin Spacey, “House of Cards” (Netflix)

Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series
“The Big Bang Theory” (CBS)
“Black-ish” (ABC)
“Modern Family” (ABC)
“Orange Is the New Black” (Netflix)
“Veep” (HBO)

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series
Uzo Aduba, “Orange Is the New Black” (Netflix)
Jane Fonda, “Grace and Frankie” (Netflix)
Ellie Kemper, “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” (Netflix)
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, “Veep” (HBO)
Lily Tomlin, “Grace and Frankie” (Netflix)

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series
Anthony Anderson, “Black-ish” (ABC)
Tituss Burgess, “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” (Netflix)
Ty Burrell, “Modern Family” (ABC)
William H. Macy, “Shameless” (Showtime)
Jeffrey Tambor, “Transparent” (Amazon Studios)

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries
Bryce Dallas Howard, “Black Mirror” (Netflix)
Felicity Huffman, “American Crime” (ABC)
Audra McDonald, “Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill” (HBO)
Sarah Paulson, “The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story” (FX)
Kerry Washington, “Confirmation” (HBO)

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries
Riz Ahmed, “The Night Of” (HBO)
Sterling K. Brown, “The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story” (FX)
Bryan Cranston, “All the Way” (HBO)
John Turturro, “The Night Of” (HBO)
Courtney B. Vance, “The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story” (FX)

Outstanding Action Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Motion Picture
“Captain America: Civil War” (Walt Disney Studios)
“Doctor Strange” (Walt Disney Studios)
“Hacksaw Ridge” (Lionsgate)
“Jason Bourne” (Universal Pictures)
“Nocturnal Animals” (Focus Features)

Outstanding Action Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Comedy or Drama Series
“Game of Thrones” (HBO)
“Daredevil” (Netflix)
“Luke Cage” (Netflix)
“The Walking Dead” (AMC)
“Westworld” (HBO)

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