As for the other categories, there were some big surprises in the lead races, as the supporting races started to solidify. The current Best Supporting Actress nominees match the Globes 5/5. While BAFTA could throw a wrench in that plan. it looks like these are the five that are going for the gold. I was a bit surprised that Octavia Spencer got in over Janelle Monae, and I know that the team behind Hidden Figures is surprised as well, since they put their eggs in Monae's basket. But like Jeff Bridges in Hell or High Water over his co-star Ben Foster, these voters are picking the actor they know and love already, over the newcomer they are unsure of. After the surprise inclusions of Simon Helberg and Aaron Taylor-Johnson at the Globes in Supporting Actor it looks like SAG steadied the ship a bit. I was interested to see if Ben Foster or the Fences trio could make a mark, but right now these five look poised to also go the distance to Oscar.
After the relative calm of the supporting categories, the lead ones threw me for a loop. I didn't expect Isabelle Huppert to continue her critical run here (BAFTA will probably nominate her), but the inclusion of Emily Blunt over Annette Bening or Ruth Negga was a shocker. The Girl on the Train was a critical dud, with the exception of Blunt, and honestly, I didn't even put her in my top ten. This is a big loss for Bening. I really thought that there was a distinct possibility that voters would rally behind the overdue veteran in a year with too many choices. It looks like this is the Portman v. Stone battle for the gold. However, now that I have had time to let these set in, Blunt's nod seems to make a bit of sense, at least from the actors. They have missed so many opportunities to reward here, including last year for Sicario. This is their way of finally making up for lost time. Best Actor has four actors that feel like they are locks: Garfield, Affleck, Washington, and Gosling. But then there is Viggo Mortensen, and Captain Fantastic in the ensemble list. A day after surprising at the Globes, Mortensen continues to surprise. Let's see who BAFTA puts in that final slot (it could be Edgerton for example). But for now, I think that Mortensen is setting himself for a surprise second Oscar nomination.
I will delve into the television nominations later, but after a couple of years of horrifying nominations, I think that despite a few major snubs, that they have done a much better job this time around.
Ensemble in a Film
Manchester By The Sea
Casey Affleck, “Manchester By the Sea”
Andrew Garfield, “Hacksaw Ridge”
Ryan Gosling, “La La Land”
Viggo Mortensen, "Captain Fantastic"
Denzel Washington, “Fences”
Amy Adams, “Arrival”
Emily Blunt, “The Girl on the Train”
Emma Stone, “La La Land”
Meryl Streep, “Florence Foster Jenkins”
Natalie Portman, “Jackie”
Best Supporting Actor
Mahershala Ali, “Moonlight”
Jeff Bridges, “Hell or High Water”
Hugh Grant, “Florence Foster Jenkins”
Lucas Hedges, “Manchester By the Sea”
Dev Patel, “Lion”
Best Supporting Actress
Viola Davis, “Fences”
Naomie Harris, “Moonlight”
Nicole Kidman, “Lion”
Octavia Spencer, “Hidden Figures”
Michelle Williams, “Manchester By the Sea”
Best Ensemble in a Drama Series
Game of Thrones
Best Ensemble in a Comedy Series
The Big Bang Theory
Orange Is the New Black
Best Actor in a Drama Series
Sterling K. Brown, "This Is Us"
Peter Dinklage, "Game of Thrones"
John Lithgow, "The Crown"
Rami Malek, “Mr. Robot”
Kevin Spacey, “House of Cards”
Best Actress in a Drama Series
Millie Bobby Brown, "Stranger Things"
Claire Foy, "The Crown"
Thandie Newton, "Westworld"
Winona Ryder, "Stranger Things"
Robin Wright, “House of Cards”
Best Actor in a Comedy Series
Anthony Anderson, “black-ish”
Tituss Burgess, “The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt”
Ty Burrell, "Modern Family"
William H. Macy, “Shameless”
Jeffrey Tambor, “Transparent”
Jane Fonda, "Grace and Frankie"
Ellie Kemper, “The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt”
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, “Veep”
Lily Tomlin, “Grace and Frankie”
Best Actor in a TV Movie/Miniseires
Riz Ahmed, "The Night Of"
Bryan Cranston, “All the Way”
Sterling K. Brown, “The People v. O.J. Simpson”
John Turturro, "The Night Of"
Courtney B. Vance, “The People v. O.J. Simpson”
Best Actress in a TV Movie/Miniseries
Bryce Dallace Howard, "Black Mirror"
Felicity Huffman, “American Crime”
Audra McDonald, “Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill”
Sarah Paulson, “The People v. O.J. Simpson”
Kerry Washington, “Confirmation”
Best Stunt Ensemble - Film
Captain America: Civil War
Best Stunt Ensemble - Television
Game of Thrones
Marvel’s Luke Cage
The Walking Dead