‘La La Land’ Hits a Wrong Note in Screen Actors Guild Noms

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The rising chorus for “La La Land” is suddenly missing a very conspicuous note.

The 23rd annual Screen Actors Guild nominations, announced Wednesday in West Hollywood, California, included nominations for the leads of Damien Chazelle’s acclaimed musical, Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling. But the perceived Oscar front-runner was notably absent in the SAGs’ top category, best ensemble.

This image released by Lionsgate shows Ryan Gosling in a scene from, "La La Land." On Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2016, Gosling was nominated for a Screen Actors Guild award for outstanding performance by a male actor in a leading role for his role in the film. (Dale Robinette/Lionsgate via AP)
This image released by Lionsgate shows Ryan Gosling in a scene from, “La La Land.” On Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2016, Gosling was nominated for a Screen Actors Guild award for outstanding performance by a male actor in a leading role for his role in the film. (Dale Robinette/Lionsgate via AP)

“La La Land,” which landed a leading seven Golden Globe nominations on Monday, had seemingly been marching toward best-picture winner. Granted, “La La Land,” largely focused on its leads, doesn’t scream ensemble.

But if it goes on to win best picture, it will be the first to do so without a SAG ensemble nod in the category’s history. Actors, the largest group in the Academy of Motion Pictures, hold considerable sway. (SAG, though, is much larger, with about 160,000 members, compared to about 1,200 actors in the academy.)

This image released by A24 Films shows Naomie Harris in a scene from, "Moonlight." On Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2016, Harris was nominated for a Screen Actors Guild award for outstanding performance by a female actor in a supporting role for her role in the film. (A24 via AP)
This image released by A24 Films shows Naomie Harris in a scene from, “Moonlight.” On Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2016, Harris was nominated for a Screen Actors Guild award for outstanding performance by a female actor in a supporting role for her role in the film. (A24 via AP)

The best ensemble nominees were Barry Jenkins’ coming-of-age tale “Moonlight,” Kenneth Lonergan’s Massachusetts family drama “Manchester by the Sea,” the rousing NASA drama “Hidden Figures” and, in a surprise, the Viggo Mortensen-led bohemian romp “Captain Fantastic.”

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This image released by Roadside Attractions and Amazon Studios shows Michelle Williams, left, and Casey Affleck in a scene from "Manchester By The Sea." On Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2016, Williams was nominated for a Screen Actors Guild award for outstanding performance by a female actor in a supporting role for her role in the film. (Claire Folger/Roadside Attractions and Amazon Studios via AP)
This image released by Roadside Attractions and Amazon Studios shows Michelle Williams, left, and Casey Affleck in a scene from “Manchester By The Sea.” On Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2016, Williams was nominated for a Screen Actors Guild award for outstanding performance by a female actor in a supporting role for her role in the film. (Claire Folger/Roadside Attractions and Amazon Studios via AP)

“Have never been happier in my career about any nomination,” said Mortensen, also nominated for best actor. “That fellow actors in our Screen Actors Guild have just acknowledged that (director) Matt Ross has constructed a truly memorable family story for our times.”

In this image released by Bleecker Street, Shree Crooks, standing from left, Viggo Mortensen, Samantha Isler, Nicholas Hamilton, Annalise Basso, George MacKay and Charlie Shotwell appear in a scene from, "Captain Fantastic." On Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2016, Mortensen was nominated for a Screen Actors Guild award for outstanding performance by a male actor in a leading role for his role in the film. (Cathy Kanavy/Bleecker Street via AP)
In this image released by Bleecker Street, Shree Crooks, standing from left, Viggo Mortensen, Samantha Isler, Nicholas Hamilton, Annalise Basso, George MacKay and Charlie Shotwell appear in a scene from, “Captain Fantastic.” On Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2016, Mortensen was nominated for a Screen Actors Guild award for outstanding performance by a male actor in a leading role for his role in the film. (Cathy Kanavy/Bleecker Street via AP)

“Manchester by the Sea” led all films with four nominations, including best actor for Casey Affleck and supporting nods for Michelle Williams and Lucas Hedges.

In television, series newcomers “The Crown,” ”Westworld” and “Stranger Things” all picked up three nominations each, alongside Emmys favorite “The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story” and “Game of Thrones.”

Netlfix dominated with 17 total nominations, followed by HBO’s 13.

This image released by Paramount Pictures shows Denzel Washington, left, and Viola Davis in a scene from, "Fences." On Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2016, Washington was nominated for a Screen Actors Guild award for outstanding performance by a male actor in a leading role for his role in the film. Davis was also nominated for outstanding performance by a female actor in a supporting role. (David Lee/Paramount Pictures via AP)
This image released by Paramount Pictures shows Denzel Washington, left, and Viola Davis in a scene from, “Fences.” On Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2016, Washington was nominated for a Screen Actors Guild award for outstanding performance by a male actor in a leading role for his role in the film. Davis was also nominated for outstanding performance by a female actor in a supporting role. (David Lee/Paramount Pictures via AP)

Individual film SAG nominees have historically aligned about four-out-of-five with Oscar acting categories. The other lead actor nominees were Denzel Washington (“Fences) and Andrew Garfield (“Hacksaw Ridge”).

This image released by Paramount Pictures shows Meryl Streep, left, and Hugh Grant in a scene from "Florence Foster Jenkins." On Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2016, Grant was nominated for a Screen Actors Guild award for outstanding performance by a male actor in a supporting role for his role in the film. (Nick Wall/Paramount Pictures via AP)
This image released by Paramount Pictures shows Meryl Streep, left, and Hugh Grant in a scene from “Florence Foster Jenkins.” On Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2016, Grant was nominated for a Screen Actors Guild award for outstanding performance by a male actor in a supporting role for his role in the film. (Nick Wall/Paramount Pictures via AP)

Up for best actress alongside Stone are Amy Adams (“Arrival”), Natalie Portman (“Jackie”), Meryl Streep (“Florence Foster Jenkins”) and, in a real twist, Emily Blunt, star of the tepidly reviewed “The Girl on the Train.”

Left out were of trio of likely contenders. Annette Bening, an assumed lock for an Oscar nod, for her 1970s matriarch in Mike Mills’ “20th Century Women.” Isabelle Huppert, who has nearly swept critics’ awards, was passed over for her performance in Paul Verhoeven’s edgy “Elle.” And Ruth Negga, like her “Loving” co-star Joel Edgerton, failed to land a nomination.

The supporting nominees held fewer surprises. Along with Williams, the best supporting actress nominees are Viola Davis (“Fences”), Naomie Harris (“Moonlight”), Nicole Kidman (“Lion”) and Octavia Spencer (“Hidden Figures”).

On the supporting side for actors, “Moonlight’s” Marershala Ali continues to dominate the category with another nomination. (As a cast member in “Hidden Figures,” he had a share in three nominations Wednesday.) He’ll be competing against “Manchester’s” Hedges, Jeff Bridges for “Hell or High Water,” Dev Patel for “Lion” and Hugh Grant for “Florence Foster Jenkins.”

The 23rd annual Screen Actors Guild Awards will be broadcast live on TNT and TBS on Jan. 29 from the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles.