Oscars calling as Saoirse Ronan and Michael Fassbender get SAG awards nods
Oscar season is heating up and two Irish leading actors have been given the strongest nod yet.
Saoirse Ronan and Michael Fassbender have been nominated for the prestigious Screen Actors Guild Awards.
The ceremony is seen as a pre- cursor to the Academy Awards and an indication of the nominations yet to come.
Ronan is up for the lead actress in a motion picture, for her role as a homesick immigrant in Brooklyn.
However, she faces stiff competition from the likes of Helen Mirren for her role in Woman In Gold, as well as Cate Blanchett for Carol, Brie Larson for Room, and Sarah Silverman for I Smile Back.
Kerryman Michael Fassbender has been listed for the best actor in a motion picture for his titular role in Steve Jobs.
He faces competition from Eddie Redmayne for The Danish Girl, Bryan Cranston, who received a nod for his portrayal of blacklisted screenwriter Dalton Trumbo in Trumbo, Johnny Depp, for his role as Boston gangster James 'Whitey' Bulger and Leonardo DiCaprio, who stars in the revenge movie The Revenant.
Both Ronan and Fassbender have been widely tipped to secure nominations for the 88th Academy Awards ceremony on February 28 of next year.
Irish stars are also well represented in the television awards, with both Game of Thrones and Downton Abbey being nominated in the Outstanding Performance By An Ensemble In A Drama Series.
British actors Idris Elba and Mark Rylance also scored nominations for their work in both film and television.
The nominations were announced by Mom actress Anna Faris and Avengers star Anthony Mackie at the SilverScreen Theatre in West Hollywood.
The panel was made up of 2,200 randomly selected members of the union before 116,000 SAG-American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA) members cast their ballots for the winners.
The 22nd SAG awards will take place in Los Angeles on January 30.
2016 SAG Awards nominees:
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role
Bryan Cranston, Trumbo
Johnny Depp, Black Mass
Leonardo DiCaprio, The Revenant
Michael Fassbender, Steve Jobs
Eddie Redmayne, The Danish Girl
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role
Cate Blanchett, Carol
Brie Larson, Room
Helen Mirren, Women in Gold
Saoirse Ronan, Brooklyn
Sarah Silverman, I Smile Back
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role
Christian Bale, The Big Short
Idris Elba, Beasts of No Nation
Mark Rylance, Bridge of Spies
Michael Shannon, 99 Homes
Jacob Tremblay, Room
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role
Rooney Mara, Carol
Rachel McAdams, Spotlight
Helen Mirren, Trumbo
Alicia Vikander, The Danish Girl
Kate Winslet, Steve Jobs
Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
Beasts of No Nation
The Big Short
Straight Outta Compton
Outstanding Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Motion Picture
Mad Max: Fury Road
Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series
Peter Dinklage, Game of Thrones
Jon Hamm, Mad Men
Bob Odenkirk, Better Call Saul
Kevin Spacey, House of Cards
Rami Malek, Mr. Robot
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series
Claire Danes, Homeland
Viola Davis, How To Get Away with Murder
Julianna Margulies, The Good Wife
Maggie Smith, Downton Abbey
Robin Wright, House of Cards
Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series
Game of Thrones
House of Cards
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series
Ty Burrell, Modern Family
Louis C.K., Louis
William H. Macy, Shameless
Jim Parsons, Big Bang Theory
Jeffrey Tambor, Transparent
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series
Uzo Aduba, Orange Is the New Black
Edie Falco, Nurse Jackie
Ellie Kemper, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep
Amy Poehler, Parks and Recreation
Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series
The Big Bang Theory
Key & Peele
Orange Is The New Black
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Miniseries or Television Movie
Idris Elba, Luther
Ben Kingsley, Tut
Ray Liotta, Texas Rising
Bill Murray, A Very Murray Christmas
Mark Rylance, Wolf Hall
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Miniseries or Television Movie
Nicole Kidman, Grace of Monaco
Queen Latifah, Bessie
Christina Ricci, The Lizzie Borden Chronicles
Susan Sarandon, The Secret Life of Marilyn Monroe
Kristen Wiig, The Spoils Before Dying
Outstanding Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Television Series
Game of Throne
The Walking Dead