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No Surprise, ‘Carol’ Shut Out Again

The Weinstein Company

If “Carol” wins any Academy Awards, it would be a big upset after all the film awards ignoring  the Cate Blanchett-Rooney Mara movie this month.

Blanchett and Mara, who starred in the 1952 love story shot here in 2014, again were shut out at the 22nd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards Saturday, as “Carol” was at the Golden Globes and Critics Choice awards.

Blanchett was up for best actress; Mara for supporting actress. “Carol” was not nominated for a SAG best picture award. The SAG winners were familiar faces from January’s award circuit:

"Spotlight," best performance by a cast in a motion picture (translation: best picture).

Leonardo DiCaprio, "The Revenant," lead actor.

Brie Larson, "Room," lead actress.

Idris Elba, "Beasts of No Nation," supporting actor.

Alicia Vikander, "The Danish Girl," supporting actress.

Elba, an African-American, was not nominated for an Oscar.  He also won best TV movie/miniseries actor for “Luther.”

At a time when the Academy Awards are being criticized for its all-white acting nominees, SAG celebrated Hollywood diversity on TV: Viola Davis (drama series actress, "How to Get Away With Murder"); Uzo Aduba ( "Orange Is the New Black", comedy series actress); Queen Latifah ("Bessie," movie/miniseries actress); and "Orange Is the New Black" (acting by an ensemble in a comedy series).  Here’s a link to all the SAG winners.

“Carol” has six nominations – but not best picture – at the 88th Academy Awards Sunday, Feb. 28, on ABC (7 p.m., Channel 9). It is nominated for best actress (Blanchett); supporting actress (Mara); cinematography; costume design; original score; and adapted screenplay.

John Kiesewetter, who has covered television and media for more than 35 years, has been working for Cincinnati Public Radio and WVXU-FM since 2015.