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Eddie Redmayne and Cate Blanchett lead SAG Awards nominations

Eddie Redmayne and Cate Blanchett look set to be among the winners at the 2016 Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Awards after scooping top nominations.

The British actor, who won an Oscar earlier this year (15) for his role in The Theory of Everything, now looks set to be another major awards contender for his new movie The Danish Girl.


He landed a nod for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role when the SAG nominations were announced on Wednesday (09Dec15).


Eddie will face fierce competition from Bryan Cranston (Trumbo), Johnny Depp (Black Mass), Leonardo DiCaprio (The Revenant) and Michael Fassbender (Steve Jobs).


The other big contender at the SAGs will be Cate Blanchett's movie Carol. The Australian star is nominated for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role, going up against Brie Larson (Room), Helen Mirren (Woman in Gold) and Sarah Silverman (I Smile Back).


Cate's Carol castmate Rooney Mara will compete for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role along with Eddie's co-star Alicia Vikander. Helen Mirren is also nominated in the supporting category for her role in Trumbo, along with another Brit, Kate Winslet, for Steve Jobs, and Rachel McAdams (Spotlight).


Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role will pit Christian Bale (The Big Short) against Idris Elba (Beasts of No Nation), Mark Rylance (Bridge of Spies), Michael Shannon (99 Homes) and Jacob Tremblay (Room).


The coveted Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture will be a fight between Beasts of No Nation, The Big Short, Spotlight, Straight Outta Compton and Trumbo.


The TV nominations included a slew of nods for top shows including Game of Thrones, Mad Men, Downton Abbey, Homeland and The Big Bang Theory.


British actor Idris bagged a second SAG nomination as he landed a nod for his role in U.K. crime drama Luther. He will compete for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Miniseries or Television Movie against Ben Kingsley (Tut), Ray Liotta, (Texas Rising), Bill Murray (A Very Murray Christmas) and Mark Rylance (Wolf Hall).


Other notable nominations among the TV categories include Nicole Kidman, who will compete for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Miniseries or Television Movie for her divisive TV movie Grace of Monaco.


She will go up against Kristen Wiig (The Spoils Before Dying), Susan Sarandon (The Secret Life Of Marilyn Monroe), Christina Ricci (The Lizzie Borden Chronicles) and Queen Latifah (Bessie).


The nominations were announced by Anna Faris and Anthony Mackie at the Pacific Design Center in West Hollywood, Los Angeles on Wednesday. The awards will be handed out during a ceremony on 30 January (16).