We are in the middle of what could be a career-changing two-day span for Jennifer Aniston. The "Friends" icon and star of such blockbuster fare as "Marley & Me," "Bruce Almighty" and "We're the Millers" shocked many by earning a SAG Awards nomination Wednesday for her role in the indie drama "Cake." By Thursday morning she may have a Golden Globe nomination to go along with it.
This morning's Screen Actors Guild nominations made one thing abundantly clear that has been pretty much at the forefront of much of the awards discussion this season: there is room to maneuver in the lead and supporting actress categories. Jennifer Aniston ("Cake") and Naomi Watts ("St. Vincent") each found an angle and made their way in. But there are two performances in one film that frankly deserve to be in the conversation to win each of those categories, yet neither is getting any traction. It's time we talked about Gugu Mbatha-Raw and Minnie Driver in Gina Prince-Bythewood's "Beyond the Lights."
Ewan McGregor is darkness and light.
The two-time Golden Globe nominee is playing the dual role of Jesus and the Devil in the forthcoming Sundance drama "Last Days in the Desert" - and the first photo of him as the former has arrived.
You're always going to snub someone during awards season. It's inevitable. Happily, however, the 2015 SAG Awards nominations didn't include as many of the head scratching nominations as we've seen in previous years. Sure, Naomi Watts' nomination for "St. Vincent" is quizzical, at best, but we've moved on from Helen Mirren getting a lead actress nod for "Hitchcock" or Betty White's illustrious "Hot in Cleveland" run (and we love us some Betty White).
Artful film defenders, nostalgic baby boomers, and Marion Cotillard devotees were up in arms earlier this year when The Weinstein Company picked up James Gray’s "Godfather"-esque "The Immigrant" out of the Cannes Film Festival, only to lock the film in a dungeon, let it suffer in solitary confinement for months, dump it into a few theaters, then quietly hand it off to Netflix where it could fade into obscurity. Don’t try to understand Harvey Weinstein’s logic — he’s the man who beat "Saving Private Ryan" with "Shakespeare in Love," a campaign we’re still talking about 16 years later. So when word comes in that TWC is finally giving "The Immigrant" an awards push — in the form of an online FYC and a few Academy screenings — we need to accept this is all part of Harvey’s grand plan.
The 2015 SAG Awards nominations are in — and looking mostly familiar. With the circuit flooded with nominations and critical shout-outs, the major guilds are ready to take us into the homestretch with their take on the year's best. But, as with every event this season, SAG’s announcement also came with a couple surprises and a few glaring omissions.
If you're an actor working in Hollywood and you get a phone call at 6 AM it better be because you just got nominated for a major award or just landed the part of a lifetime. On this particular morning phones were ringing to a select few to inform them of their 2015 Screen Actors Guild Awards nominations.
"Boyhood" has been steamrolling in the critics phase of the awards season, something we all saw coming. But today the film received some real, tangible love from an actual industry organization: the Screen Actors Guild Awards. Ethan Hawke and Patricia Arquette were chalked up in the supporting races, while the film's cast was nominated in the ensemble category. For Hawke, it all makes for the biggest of cherries on top of a hugely fulfilling creative endeavor.
When I look out over this morning's Screen Actors Guild nominations, one thing is abundantly clear: "Foxcatcher" needed this. After landing with a major splash at the Cannes Film Festival, the film went on to feel more like a low-key blip (no real critics love so far) that wasn't going to connect with voters. Today, not only is Steve Carell chalked up for a lead actor nomination, but Mark Ruffalo is right there with him in a supporting race that was starting to seem very, very up in the air.