SAG and Golden Globe Nominees by the Numbers

SAG and Golden Globe Nominees by the Numbers - H 2015
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'The Martian' is doing battle with 'Trainwreck' and newcomer Alicia Vikander is facing off against veterans like Jane Fonda. THR breaks down the numbers — and makes sense of it all.

This story first appeared in the Dec. 25 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.

This year's unpredictable awards season took another roller coaster ride on Dec. 9 as SAG-AFTRA announced the nominees for its 22nd annual SAG Awards and then, the following day, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association revealed the nominees for its 73rd Golden Globe Awards.

There wasn't a lot of consensus: Only two of SAG's nominees for best motion picture ensemble — the acting union's equivalent of a best picture nom — were included among the five best drama and five best comedy films put forward by the HFPA. So while Spotlight and The Big Short had a lot to celebrate, the forces behind the films nominated for SAG and the Globes had to wonder how well they might fare when Oscar nominations are announced Jan. 14.

In the meantime, though, here's a deep dive into the SAG and Globe noms — with some surprising results. It turns out, for example, that the SAG acting nominations are a more cosmopolitan lot than the more USA-focused nominations offered up by the Globes. Predictably, longtime favorites like Maggie Smith and Helen Mirren have been booked for return engagements. And, among the surprises, was that comedy nomination for Mark Ruffalo that no one saw coming.