Screen Actors Guild Award nominations: Lady Gaga, Olivia Colman, Will Smith in the running
Will Smith, Lady Gaga and Ben Affleck picked up individual nominations for the 28th Screen Actors Guild Awards on Wednesday, while actors from Belfast and CODA were among those nominated for the guild’s highest award, Best together.
The nominees were announced Wednesday by actors Vanessa Hudgens and Rosario Dawson on Instagram Live. While the nominations were made virtually due to the spike in COVID-19 cases, the streamed announcement still represented one of the most significant mornings of an awards season largely snuffed out by the pandemic.
Alongside Belfast and CODA for Best Ensemble are the cast of House of Gucci, Don’t Look Up and King Richard. The actors of West Side Story by Steven Spielberg (who won a nod to Ariana DeBose) and The Power of the Dog by Jane Campion were notably left out. Campion’s film, however, landed three individual SAG names: Benedict Cumberbatch, Kirsten Dunst, and Kodi Smit-McPhee.
The Golden Globes, usually the launch party in the final stretch leading up to the Oscars, barely made a glance. They were unceremoniously announced Sunday on Twitter in a private ceremony due to Hollywood’s boycott of the embattled Hollywood Foreign Press Association over diversity and ethics issues. Omicron’s surge also prompted the Critics Choice Awards to postpone its January 9 in-person gala. For the second year, Oscar season has gone virtual – and struggled to make a lot of noise.
The nominees for Best Male Actor are: Will Smith (King Richard), Cumberbatch, Denzel Washington (The Macbeth Tragedy), Andrew Garfield (Tick, Tick… Boom!) and Javier Bardem (Being the Ricardos).
The best leading actresses are: Lady Gaga (House of Gucci), Jessica Chastain (The Eyes of Tammy Faye), Olivia Colman (The Lost Girl), Nicole Kidman (Being the Ricardos) and Jennifer Hudson (Respect).
The SAG Awards, presented by the actors guild SAG-AFTRA, are among the Oscars’ most trusted ambassadors. It’s rare that a movie or performance not nominated by movie actors ends up winning at the Oscars. Actors make up the largest percentage of the film academy, so their choices have the greatest influence.
But last year, SAG and the academy diverged more than usual. Only one of its interim winners — Daniel Kaluuya (Judas and the Black Messiah) — repeated at the Oscars. (Other SAG winners were Chadwick Boseman and Viola Davis in Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom and Yuh-Jung Youn in Minari.) Aaron Sorkin’s courtroom drama The Trial of the Chicago 7 won Best Ensemble at a Virtual SAG Awards while Chloé Zhao’s Nomadland – which included many non-professional actors and was not nominated for the ensemble – triumphed at the Oscars.
The 28th annual SAG Awards will take place on February 27 and will air on TNT and TBS. The Oscars are scheduled for March 27.
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