Despite being a major critical and box office success, Matt Damon failed to get a nomination for his performance as astronaut Mark Watney in "The Martian."
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SURPRISE: Sarah Silverman
The comedian got serious for indie drama “I Smile Back,” and it appears to have paid off, because her peers are finally taking her seriously too. Lumped in with revered thespians including Cate Blanchett and Helen Mirren, her nomination for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role marks the first time the actress has been recognized for a dramatic performance.
SNUB: Fox got 0 nominations
Fox was the only one of the Big 4 networks to receive no nominations this year. While NBC got only 2 and CBS and ABC got just 3, it is still surprising that no original Fox shows managed to make it onto the list.
Speaking of Fox, “Last Man on Earth” was one of the funniest new shows of 2015, and it also has one of the smallest casts. Considering the title, most of the responsibility falls on the shoulders of star Will Forte, who consistently succeeds in delivering big laughs. At least he's not only other crowd pleaser on Fox to have been ignored.
SNUB: “Empire” got 0 nominations
“Empire” is broadcast cable’s biggest series, thanks to its addictive storyline and strong cast of characters led by Taraji P. Henson’s Cookie Lyon and Terrence Howard’s Lucious Lyon. Henson already received a Primetime Emmy nom this year, so her absence in these SAG nominations is among the biggest head scratchers of them all.
Tom McCarthy’s ensemble drama about the Boston Globe investigation into the Catholic Church cover-up of dozens of local priest molestations is a favorite to take home the SAG Award for best cast, but if anyone deserved individual recognition, it was Ruffalo. The "Avengers" star used subtle mannerisms to completely disguise himself as real-life investigative reporter Mike Rezendes without relying on makeup, and delivered some of the most powerful moments in the film.
SURPRISE: Netflix got the most TV nominations
In a sign of things to come, streaming service Netflix took home 8 nominations. That puts them ahead of every major broadcaster and cable powerhouses HBO and AMC. Netflix' offerings this year include season three of original series "Orange Is the New Black" and the original movie "Beasts of No Nation"
SURPRISE: "Key & Peele" gets fond farewell
Comedy Central's "Key & Peele" got their first ever SAG nomination this year. The twist is that this is also the year the show ended, as exclusively reported by TheWrap
SNUB: No individual nominations for "Straight Outta Compton"
Universal's NWA biopic did get the nomination for Best Ensemble Film Cast, but failed to garner any for the performances of breakout stars like O'Shea Jackson Jr., Aldis Hodge, Jason Mitchell, or even Paul Giamatti
Tatiana Maslany got a SAG nomination last year for her performance in BBC America's "Orphan Black," in addition to an Emmy nod and a Golden Globe nomination the year before. But this year, the Canadian actress got no love from the Guild
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SNUB: Will Smith
This blockbuster movie star hasn’t taken on a heavy dramatic role since 2008’s “Seven Pounds,” and he did it convincingly this year in NFL medical drama “Concussion” as the Nigerian-born doctor who took on one of the biggest sports institutions in America to raise awareness for the brain damage players risk with every tackle.
SURPRISE: Rami Malek
The actor who broke out of playing small supporting roles earlier this year by becoming USA Network’s “Mr. Robot” just scored his very first major acting nomination in the Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series, alongside awards season veterans Kevin Spacey, Bob Odenkirk, Jon Hamm and Peter Dinklage.
The 70-year-old actress received not one, but two nominations this year -- one for her leading role in “Woman in Gold,” and the other for a supporting role in “Trumbo” -- which is a rare accomplishment, especially surprising because "Woman in Gold" wasn't critically acclaimed and awards darling Jennifer Lawrence has a new drama in theaters this year, as well.
SURPRISE: Nicole Kidman
The actress received an Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries nomination for "Grace of Monaco," which is surprising because it only ended up on Lifetime after The Weinstein Company pulled it from theatrical release, and critics who saw it weren't very kind, either.
SURPRISE: Bill Murray
The actor was ignored by the Screen Actors Guild for a very memorable performance as a cranky old man last year in "St. Vincent," but it turns out, all he had to do was put on a Santa hat and play his delightful self in Netflix original holiday special "A Very Murray Christmas." Who knew it was that easy?
SNUB: Oscar Isaac
Somebody show SAG voters a screener of HBO's "Show Me a Hero," from "Crash" director Paul Haggis and "The Wire" creator David Simon. While Bill Murray played himself to score a nomination in the category recognizing a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries, Isaac's charismatic portrayal of real-life Yonkers, NY Mayor Nick Wasicsko was ignored.