Screen Actors Guild 2014 nominations: Nothing for Selma, while Birdman and Boyhood snag multiple noms.

This Year’s SAG Nominations: Bad News for Selma

This Year’s SAG Nominations: Bad News for Selma

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Dec. 10 2014 11:26 AM

This Year’s SAG Nominations: Bad News for Selma

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Selma was looking like a real contender. But if it couldn’t woo the Screen Actors Guild, does it still stand a chance with the academy?

Photo by Atsushi Nishijima © 2014 Paramount Pictures Corporation. All Rights Reserved.

This year’s nominees for Screen Actors Guild Awards were announced this morning, and there were quite a few surprises: The buzzed-about Selma was completely shut out of all categories, most notably Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role (where many expected a nomination for David Oyelowo) and the top category, Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture. This seems like a huge blow to Ava DuVernay’s ensemble-driven film, which has lately been gathering steam in the eyes of most Oscar pundits as a serious Best Picture contender: Since the awards began 20 years ago, only one Best Picture winner, Braveheart, has failed to score a nomination in the SAG Awards’ best cast category. (There is significant overlap in votership between the Screen Actors Guild and the academy, which helps explain why they so often choose the same winners.)

In terms of who got good news this morning, Jake Gyllenhaal got a surprise nod for his performance in Nightcrawler while The Grand Budapest Hotel snuck into the best cast category, which could bode well for both come Oscar time. Continuing their awards season momentum, Birdman and Boyhood each scored several nominations.

For TV, Modern Family and The Big Bang Theory scored multiple nods, as is now expected; Viola Davis earned a nod for her turn in How to Get Away With Murder; and Tatiana Maslany earned her first SAG nomination, which should please Orphan Black fans still annoyed that she lost out at last year’s Golden Globes. Interestingly, Mad Men, went a second straight year without a single nomination. See the complete list of nominees below.

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Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
Birdman
Boyhood
The Grand Budapest Hotel
The Imitation Game
The Theory of Everything

Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role
Michael Keaton, Birdman
Benedict Cumberbatch, The Imitation Game
Eddie Redmayne, The Theory of Everything
Jake Gyllenhaal, Nightcrawler
Steve Carell, Foxcatcher

Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role
Julianne Moore, Still Alice
Reese Witherspoon, Wild
Felicity Jones, The Theory of Everything
Rosamund Pike, Gone Girl
Jennifer Aniston, Cake

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, St. Vincent

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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

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

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

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

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

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

Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series
Claire 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

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

Performance by a Female Actor 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

Action Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Motion Picture
Fury
Get On Up
The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies
Unbroken
X-Men: Days Of Future Past

Action Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Comedy or Drama Series
24: Live Another Day 
Boardwalk Empire 
Game Of Thrones 
Homeland 
Sons Of Anarchy 
The Walking Dead

Aisha Harris is a Slate culture writer and host of the Slate podcast Represent.