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‘Boyhood,’ ‘Birdman’ lead Screen Actors Guild nods

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(CNN) — Two movies that pushed limits — “Boyhood” and “Birdman” — were among the leaders for the 21st Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards nominations.

The nominations were announced Wednesday morning.

“Boyhood” was filmed over the course of 12 years and followed its lead, Ellar Coltrane, from the age of 6 through his adolescence. The film, which was nominated for best ensemble — the SAG Awards’ equivalent of Oscar’s best picture — also earned nominations for Ethan Hawke and Patricia Arquette, who play Coltrane’s parents.

Thanks to some technical wizardry, “Birdman” looks as if it consists of a single shot, showing Michael Keaton as a once high-flying superhero actor who’s trying to rebuild his career with a Broadway play. Keaton, who has earned wide praise for his performance, earned a best male actor nomination, Edward Norton received a best supporting male actor nod, and Emma Stone, who plays Keaton’s daughter…

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