The 2017 SAG Awards nominations continue the award show's anti-#OscarsSoWhite trend

The 2017 SAG Awards nominations continue the award show's anti-#OscarsSoWhite trend
Source: A24
Source: A24

The earlier award shows, like the Golden Globes, are a good precursor for how, and which, films and television series should expect recognition from the Oscars and the Emmys. But the Screen Actors Guild and its annual SAG Awards was also celebrated last year for bucking the #OscarsSoWhite controversy, with diverse nominations and awards. In that sense, the 2017 SAG Awards nominations are par for the course. 

The nominations were announced Wednesday, and three of the five films nominated for the outstanding performance by a cast in a motion picture category feature primarily black casts: Moonlight, Fences and Hidden Figures. It's especially fitting for actress Viola Davis — who stars in Fences and has been heralded for her performance — after she addressed the #OscarsSoWhite controversy at last year's SAG Awards. 

"Diversity is not a trending topic," Davis told reporters backstage at the award show, following her best actress in a television drama series win for How to Get Away With Murder. "No matter what is going on in the business, I will find a way to practice my art, and all of the actors of color that I know don't place any limitations on themselves either."

Other notable nominees include Stranger Things actress Millie Bobby Brown for outstanding performance by a female actor in a drama series. Brown was snubbed from a similar category at the Golden Globes (though given the competition, it was understandable), but it's an encouraging sign that 2016's breakout star drew recognition from one of the industry's major guilds. 

You can check out the full list of nominees for 2017's SAG Awards, which will be presented Jan. 29 on TNT and TBS at 8 p.m. Eastern, below: 

Outstanding performance by a male actor in a leading role

Casey Affleck, Manchester by the Sea

Andrew Garfield, Hacksaw Ridge

Ryan Gosling, La La Land

Viggo Mortensen, Captain Fantastic

Denzel Washington, Fences

Outstanding performance by a female actor in a leading role

Amy Adams, Arrival

Emily Blunt, The Girl on the Train

Natalie Portman, Jackie

Emma Stone, La La Land

Meryl Streep, Florence Foster Jenkins

Outstanding performance by a male actor in a supporting role

Mahershala Ali, Moonlight

Jeff Bridges, Hell or High Water

Hugh Grant, Florence Foster Jenkins

Lucas Hedges, Manchester by the Sea

Dev Patel, Lion

Outstanding performance by a female actor in a supporting role

Viola Davis, Fences

Naomie Harris, Moonlight

Nicole Kidman, Lion

Octavia Spencer, Hidden Figures

Michelle Williams, Manchester by the Sea

Outstanding performance by a cast in a motion picture

Captain Fantastic

Fences

Hidden Figures

Manchester by the Sea

Moonlight

Outstanding performance by a male actor in a television movie or miniseries

Riz Ahmed, The Night of

Sterling K. Brown, The People v. O.J. Simpson

Bryan Cranston, All the Way

John Turturro, The Night of

Courtney B. Vance, The People v. O.J. Simpson

Outstanding performance by a female actor in a television movie or miniseries

Bryce Dallas Howard, Black Mirror

Felicity Huffman, American Crime

Audra McDonald, Lady Day at Emerson's Bar and Grill

Sarah Paulson, The People v. O.J. Simpson

Kerry Washington, Confirmation

Outstanding performance by a male 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

Outstanding performance by a female actor 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

Outstanding performance by a male actor in a comedy series

Anthony Anderson, Black-ish

Tituss Burgess, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

Ty Burrell, Modern Family

William H. Macy, Shameless

Jeffrey Tambor, Transparent

Outstanding performance by a female actor in a comedy series

Uzo Aduba, Orange Is the New Black

Jane Fonda, Grace and Frankie

Ellie Kemper, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep

Lily Tomlin, Grace and Frankie

Outstanding performance by an ensemble in a drama series

The Crown

Downton Abbey

Game of Thrones

Stranger Things

Westworld

Outstanding performance by an ensemble in a comedy series

The Big Bang Theory

Black-ish

Modern Family

Orange Is the New Black

Veep

Outstanding action performance by a stunt ensemble in a comedy or drama series

Game of Thrones

Marvel's Daredevil

Marvel's Luke Cage

The Walking Dead

Westworld

Outstanding action performance by a stunt ensemble in a motion picture

Captain America: Civil War

Doctor Strange

Hacksaw Ridge

Jason Bourne

Nocturnal Animals

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Miles Surrey

Miles is a staff writer at Mic, covering culture. He is based in New York and can be reached at miles@mic.com.

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