The Screen Actors Guild Awards are just around the corner and the nominations were announced earlier this week - recognising some of year's biggest film and brightest stars.

The Danish Girl

The Danish Girl

The nominations were a mix of established stars and emerging talent and gave a little prediction as to how the Oscar nods may go when they are announced at the beginning of next year.

We take a look at the British stars who were in the mix and could well walk away with a major acting prize.

- Eddie Redmayne - Best Actor

Eddie Redmayne scooped the Best Actor prize at the SAGs earlier this year for his stunning performance in The Theory of Everything and he is in the mix once again. This time, the actor is nominated for his central performance in The Danish Girl, which sees the actor reunite with director Tom Hooper.

Redmayne takes on the role of Lili Elbe, one of the first known recipients of sex reassignment surgery, and has been whipping up a storm ever since the first picture of him was released earlier this year.

As well as being in the SAG Best Actor mix, Redmayne has also been nominated at the Golden Globes and is one of the favourites to be in the Oscar mix when the nominations are announced early next year.

This is only the second SAG nomination of Redmayne's career and he already has a gong under his belt... can he make it two years on the trot? I guess we are going to have to wait and see.

The Danish Girl

- Helen Mirren - Best Actress & Best Supporting Actress

Helen Mirren had not one but two SAG nominations as she was recognised in the Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress categories for her work in Woman in Gold and Trumbo - both biopic movies.

Woman In Gold saw her take on the role of Maria Altmann, a Jewish refugee living in LA who fought the Austria government of nearly ten years in order to have Gustav Klimt's painting, Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I, returned to her.

While Mirren's performance is a great one, this was one of the surprise inclusions in the nominations and the only nod for the film.

Mirren plays actress Hedda Hopper in Trumbo, which follows screenwriter Dalton Trumbo and the persecution he faced for his political beliefs in the 1940/50s.

Trumbo picked up the most SAG nominations and Mirren is nominated alongside Rooney Mara, Rachel McAdams, Alicia Vikander, and Kate Winslet for Carol, Spotlight, The Danish Girl, and Steve Jobs. It really is a tight category where anyone could win.

Woman in Gold

- Christian Bale - Best Supporting Actor

Christian Bale is no stranger to being the awards spotlight and he is in the mix once again for his performance in coming comedy/drama The Big Short, which will be released in the UK in January.

This is the second Best Supporting Actor SAG nomination of Bale's career - winning back in 2011 for his performance in The Fighter. He would go on to win the Best Supporting Actor Oscar that year.

The Big Short sees Bale team up with director Adam McKay for the first time for a movie that is based on the book by Michael Lewis.

Alongside Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling, and Brad Pitt, Bale takes on the role of one of four outsiders in the world of finance who predict the credit and housing bubble collapse.

Bale is nominated alongside Idris Elba, Mark Rylance, Michael Shannon, and Jacob Tremblay. The Welsh actor has gone on to pick up a Golden Globe nomination for his performance.

Christian Bale
Christian Bale

- Idris Elba - Best Supporting Actor

We all love Idris Elba here at FemaleFirst and he is the second of three British actors to be nominated in the Best Supporting Actor category.

2015 has been another very busy and successful year for Elba with roles in Avengers: Age of Ultron and The Gunman but it is for his performance in Beasts of No Nation that he has been receiving acclaim.

Beasts of No Nation was the first feature film from Netflix, was an adaptation of the novel by Uzodinma Iweala, and saw Cary Joji Fukunaga back in the director's chair.

The movie follows Agu, a child soldier who is fighting a civil war in an African country. We are not used to seeing Elba taking on a villainous role and he really give a powerful and terrifying performance as Commandant. This is the first Screen Actors Guild Award nomination of Elba's career.

Beats of no Nation

- Kate Winslet - Best Supporting Actress

Kate Winslet is another actress who has a whole host of awards and nominations under her belt... and this year sees her in the running once again for her role in Steve Jobs.

Steve Jobs sees Winslet team up with British director Danny Boyle to explore the Apple co-founder. Winslet takes on the role of Joanna Hoffman, marketing executive for Apple and Jobs' confident in the film.

Winslet already has three SAG wins under her belt; Best Supporting Actress for Sense & Sensibility and The Reader, and Best Actress in a Television Movie or Miniseries for Mildred Pierce.

Winslet joins Mirren as the two British stars in the Best Supporting Actress category. Steve Jobs may not have been a huge success at the box office, but it has been a hit with the critics.

As well as being in the SAG mix, Winslet has also picked up a Best Supporting Actress Golden Globe nomination.

Steve Jobs

- Mark Rylance - Best Supporting Actor

The Best Supporting Actor category features the most Brit nominees with Mark Rylance nominated alongside Idris Elba, and Christian Bale.

Rylance has had a hugely successful 2015 with film and television projects... but it is for his performance in Bridge of Spies that he has been nominated.

Rylance plays a Russian spy in Steven Spielberg's Cold War drama, which sees him star alongside Tom Cruise and Amy Ryan.

This is the first SAG nomination of Rylance's career and he has gone on to pick up two nods at the Golden Globes; Best Supporting Actor for Bridge of Spies and Best Actor in TV Mini-Series for Wolf Hall.

Bridge of Spies

- Michael Fassbender - Best Actor

I know that Michael Fassbender is German/Irish but we like to claim him as our own and he is in the SAG mix for his turn as Steve Jobs in the Danny Boyle biopic.

Fassbender has had a terrific couple of years with the likes of Shame, 12 Years A Slave, and Macbeth under his belt and he is an actor who seems to be going from strength to strength. He surely cannot be too far away from winning his first Oscar.

While Fassbender is no stranger to the SAG's this is the first time that he has been nominated in the Best Actor category - he was nominated in 2014 for his supporting performance in 12 Years A Slave.

The Best Actor category is a tough one as Fassbender is nominated alongside Leonardo DiCaprio (The Revenant), Bryan Cranston (Trumbo), Johnny Depp (Black Mass)< and Eddie Redmayne (The Danish Girl).

Steve Jobs

- Saoirse Ronan - Best Actress

Saoirse Ronan is another of the Irish stars in the mix as she has picked up a nomination in the Best Actress category for her central performance in the already critically acclaimed Brooklyn.

Just about everyone has been raving about Brooklyn since it screened at the Sundance Film Festival at the start of the year. It is a movie that is set to send Ronan's star rocketing even further and she will be a regular face on the awards circuit this year.

Brooklyn is a big screen adaptation of the novel of the same name by Colm Tóibín and sees Ronan team up with filmmaker John Crowley for the very first time.

The Best Actress category is a tough one as Ronan is nominated alongside Cate Blanchett (Carol), Brie Larson (Room), Helen Mirren (Woman in Gold), and Sarah Silverman (I Smile Back).

This is a first SAG nomination of Ronan's career, but she could well walk away with the gong at the beginning of January. She has since been nominated for a Golden Globe.


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