Awards Season is Going Well for Birdman

The Michael Keaton drama tops the SAG Nominations while <em>Selma</em> and <em>Unbroken</em> are shut out

Alejandro González Iñárritu’s movie about a washed up Hollywood action star is still on a hot streak. After topping the Spirit Awards nominations a few weeks ago, Birdman cleaned up at today’s SAG Awards nominations earning four nods including one for star Michael Keaton. The Screen Actors Guild also had plenty of love for Richard Linklater’s Boyhood and for a pair of British biopics; The Theory Of Everything stars Eddie Redmayne as physicist Stephen Hawking and The Imitation Game stars Benedict Cumberbatch as computer genius Alan Turing. Wes Anderson’s The Grand Budapest Hotel, which was ineligible for the Spirit Awards, received a nod for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture.

The big surprise? Jennifer Aniston’s acting nomination for Cake. The bigger surprise? Two highly touted films were shut out of the SAG Awards. Neither Selma, Ava DuVernay’s film about the bloody 1965 civil rights protests in Alabama, nor Unbroken, Angelina Jolie’s WWII drama, received any nominations. It makes sense that Unbroken, hampered by perceptions that it’s calculated Oscar bait and a Jolie vanity project, would be ignored, but Selma, which earned five Spirit nominations, has some legitimate awards season momentum behind it. Both hit theaters on Christmas Day.

On the TV side, HBO cleaned up with 14 nominations split mostly among Game of Thrones, Boardwalk Empire, and True Detective (look forMatthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson to go head to head). In fact, in the Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series category, the network had four of the five nominations. HBO also received nods for two of its miniseries, Olive Kitteridge and The Normal Heart. The rest of the television nods were rounded out by regulars: cast members from Modern Family, Jim Parsons for The Big Bang Theory, Amy Poehler for Parks and Recreation, Claire Danes for Homeland, and Kevin Spacey for House of Cards. It’s nice to see Viola Davis of How to Get Away With Murder, Uzo Aduba of Orange Is the New Blackr, and Tatiana Maslany of Orphan Black receive some well deserved praise, but they’re probably longshots to take home a statue.

The awards season continues with tomorrows’s announcement of the Golden Globes nominations.

The SAG Awards will be held on Sunday, January 25; you can see them on TBS.

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 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 Cast in a Motion Picture
The Grand Budapest Hotel
The Imitation Game
The Theory of Everything

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, Birdman

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

The unsinkable Molly Brown (aka 82-year-old Debbie Reynolds) will receive SAG’s Life Achievement Award.

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries
Adrien Brody, Houdini
Benedict Cumberbatch, Sherlock: His Last Vow
Richard Jenkins, Olive Kitteridge
Mark Ruffalo, The Normal Heart
Billy Bob Thornton, Fargo

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in Television Movie or Miniseries
Ellen Burstyn, Flowers in the Attic
Maggie Gyllenhall, The Honorable Woman
Frances McDormand, Olive Kitteridge
Julia Roberts, The Normal Heart
Cicely Tyson, The Trip to Bountiful

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series
Ty Burrell, Modern Family
Louis C.K., Louis
William H. Macy, Shameless
Jim Parsons, The Big Bang Theory
Eric Stonestreet, Modern Family

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actress in a Comedy Series
Uzo Aduba, Orange Is the New Black
Julie Bowen, Modern Family
Edie Falco, Nurse Jackie
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep
Amy Poehler, Parks and Recreation

Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series
The Big Bang Theory
Brooklyn Nine-Nine
Modern Family
Orange Is the New Black

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series
Clarie Danes, Homeland
Viola Davis, How to Get Away With Murder
Julianna Margulies, The Good Wife
Tatiana Maslany, Orphan Black
Maggie Smith, Downton Abbey
Robin Wright, House of Cards

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series
Steve Buscemi, Boardwalk Empire
Peter Dinklage, Game of Thrones
Woody Harrelson, True Detective
Matthew McConaughey, True Detective
Kevin Spacey, House of Cards

Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series
Boardwalk Empire
Downton Abbey
Game of Thrones
House of Cards