The nominees for the 2016 SAG Awards were announced early Wednesday, and honored actors and actresses expressed their disbelief and gratitude in the hours following.
“So very excited & thrilled for our happy group of idiot actors @VeepHBO — Thanks @SagAwards!” Julia Louis-Dreyfus tweeted.
On the film side, top male actor will come down to Bryan Cranston, Johnny Depp, Leonardo DiCaprio, Michael Fassbender, and Eddie Redmayne. Female actor nominees are Cate Blanchett, Brie Larson, Helen Mirren, Saoirse Ronan, and Sarah Silverman.
For TV drama, the individual leading role award will go to Peter Dinklage, Jon Hamm, Rami Malek, Bob Odenkirk, or Kevin Spacey on the male end, and Claire Danes, Viola Davis, Julianna Margulies, Maggie Smith, or Robin Wright for the female side.
See the reaction statements and tweets below.
Leonardo DiCaprio, “The Revenant:”
“To be recognized by your peers is one of the greatest honors an actor can receive. We were a team, and everyone involved with this project deserves to share in this nomination. Making ‘The Revenant’ was an incredible experience, and throughout my career I have had the privilege of working with some of the most talented directors and actors. I never miss an opportunity to learn from those I have been fortunate to work with, and this was no exception. We are all thankful to Alejandro for letting us be a part of this unique and unforgettable cinematic experience. Thank you SAG-AFTRA.”
Eddie Redmayne, “The Danish Girl””
“It means a great deal to be recognised by my peers during such a wonderful year of filmmaking. ‘The Danish Girl’ took a long while to get made and I am damn lucky that I ended up having the honour of helping bring Lili and Gerda’s story to the screen. I am hugely grateful to Tom Hooper, Alicia Vikander, and our incredible cast for this truly unique collaboration. I certainly wouldn’t have been able to play Lili were it not for the generosity of the trans women and men who helped me prepare for this role; I am indebted to all of them and the community. My thanks to SAG-AFTRA members for this nomination.”
Helen Mirren, “The Woman in Gold” and “Trumbo:”
“Thank you fellow rogues and vagabonds. Once is an honour, twice is surprising, three times is a miracle. I know they are called the SAG awards but I feel very perky today.”
Saoirse Ronan, “Brooklyn:”
“This film has been such a wonderful and personal journey. I think it hits so close to home for many people, making the incredible response so special. I’m honored to be nominated by SAG not only because they are my peers, but also because I’m overwhelmed to be recognized alongside actors whose work I admire so much. I’ve been lucky enough to be a working actor for almost 10 years and the mere fact that people can finally pronounce my name is pretty exciting! I share this with the whole ‘Brooklyn’ family.”
Idris Elba, “Beasts of No Nation:”
“Wow I’m just floored and humbled right now. It’s such a huge honor to be recognized by my friends and peers and for two projects that have really been such an important part of my life, ‘Luther’ and ‘Beasts of No Nation.’ It goes without saying that my performance is shared with the tremendous actors I work with. Congratulations to Abraham Attah, Kurt Egyiawan and the rest of the amazing cast from BEASTS!”
Queen Latifah, “Bessie:”
“It’s such an honor to be nominated by my peers. This movie was a labor of love and being recognized for my performance as Bessie Smith is really incredible.”
“This makes me very very happy. I am truly thrilled to be nominated for a SAG award this year.”
Bob Odenkirk, “Better Call Saul:”
“I am thrilled to be nominated by my fellow actors, and I give all credit to Mckean, Banks, Seahorn, and the amazing cast around me, raising my game. Thanks!”
Jacob Tremblay, “Room:”
“I am celebrating my SAG nomination with my family in Dubai. We’re having ice cream sundaes tonight! Everything about ROOM was amazing, especially working with Brie and becoming best buddies. I can’t believe it, so cool!”
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, “Veep:”
Kevin Spacey, “House of Cards:”
Brie Larson, “Room:”
Uzo Aduba, “Orange is the New Black:”
Laverne Cox, “Orange is the New Black:”
Lolita Foster, “Orange is the New Black:”
Pablo Schreiber, “Orange is the New Black:”