The Oscar race could also be lacking in-person glitz this yr, but it surely would not lack for star energy. Will Smith, Lady Gaga and Ben Affleck landed particular person nominations for the twenty eighth Screen Actors Guild Awards on Wednesday, while the casts of Belfast and CODA had been amongst these nominated for the guild’s top award, greatest ensemble.
The nominees had been introduced Wednesday by actors Vanessa Hudgens and Rosario Dawson on Instagram Live. While the nominations had been carried out just about as a result of surge in COVID-19 cases, the streamed announcement nonetheless represented probably the most significant mornings in an awards season largely snuffed out by the pandemic.
Joining Kenneth Branagh’s semi-autobiographical Belfast and the coming-of-age drama CODA for greatest ensemble had been the casts for Ridley Scott’s true-tale, high-camp House of Gucci, Adam McKay’s apocalypse comedy Don’t Look Up and the household tennis drama King Richard.
Notably not noted had been the casts of Steven Spielberg’s lavish West Side Story revival (which landed a supporting nod for Ariana DeBose) and Jane Campion’s The Power of the Dog. Campion’s gothic drama, although, landed particular person SAG nominations for Benedict Cumberbatch, Kirsten Dunst and Kodi Smit-McPhee.
The SAG Awards have extra of the awards season highlight this yr for the reason that Golden Globes — often the kickoff occasion to remaining Oscar stretch — made barely a peep. The Globes had been unceremoniously introduced Sunday on Twitter in a non-public ceremony as a result of Hollywood’s boycott of the beleaguered Hollywood Foreign Press Association over range and moral points.
The omicron surge additionally prompted the Critics Choice Awards to postpone its Jan. 9 in-person gala. For the second straight yr, Oscar season has gone digital — and struggled to make a lot noise.
But the SAG nominations recommend that loads of well-known faces are within the hunt this yr. Along with Will Smith (King Richard) and Cumberbatch, the nominees for greatest male lead actor are: Denzel Washington (The Tragedy of Macbeth), Andrew Garfield (Tick, Tick … Boom!) and Javier Bardem (Being the Ricardos).
Up for greatest feminine lead are: Lady Gaga (House of Gucci), Jessica Chastain (The Eyes of Tammy Faye), Olivia Colman (The Lost Daughter), Nicole Kidman (Being the Ricardos) and Jennifer Hudson (Respect).
Joining Dunst and DeBose in the most effective feminine supporting class are Caitriona Balfe (Belfast), Cate Blanchett (Nightmare Alley) and Ruth Negga (Passing). The greatest male supporting nominees are: Affleck (The Tender Bar), Bradley Cooper (Licorice Pizza), Troy Kotsur (CODA), Jared Leto (House of Gucci) and Smit-McPhee.
Kotsur is the primary deaf actor to land a person SAG nomination.
The SAG Awards, offered by the actors guild SAG-AFTRA, are among the many most dependable Oscar bellwethers. Seldom does a movie or efficiency not nominated by the display screen actors find yourself successful on the Academy Awards. Actors make up the largest proportion of the movie academy, so their selections have the most important sway.
But final yr, SAG and the academy diverged greater than regular. Only considered one of its performing winners — Daniel Kaluuya (Judas and the Black Messiah) — repeated on the Oscars. (The other SAG winners had been Chadwick Boseman and Viola Davis in Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom” and Yuh-Jung Youn in Minari.) The Aaron Sorkin courtroom drama The Trial of the Chicago 7 won best ensemble at a virtual SAG Awards while Chloe Zhao’s Nomadland — which included many nonprofessional actors and went unnominated for SAG’s ensemble award — triumphed at the Oscars.
That history will give hope to supporters of Kristen Stewart (Spencer), maybe the most notable performer overlooked Wednesday. Others that missed out include Peter Dinklage (Cyrano), Ciaran Hinds (Belfast) and Rachel Zegler (West Side Story).
While some have rooted for some of the year’s most popular blockbusters to give the flagging Oscars a populist jolt, Spider-Man: No Way Home, Dune and No Time To Die received no major nominations from the actors guild. Dune and No Time to Die did, though, join Black Widow, The Matrix Resurrections and Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings in the stunt ensemble category.
Yet possibly the most popular TV series of 2021 did haul in plenty of recognition. Netflix’s much-watched Squid Game was nominated for four SAG awards including best drama series.
Series creator Hwang Dong-hyuk on Wednesday recalled watching the hoopla at awards ceremonies held at the Shrine Auditorium across the street from the University of Southern California when he was studying there.
“At the time, I informed myself I’d wish to function my work at American movie awards someday,” he said in an interview. “Now, I believe again to these recollections.”
The series’ star Lee Jung-jae said he felt an “electrical shock” when his name was announced among the nominees. A veteran of Korean TV and film, he’s laughed off U.S. media questions about overnight success.
“I’ve determined I’m now a beginner actor!” he mentioned Wednesday, clutching a bottle of wine.
The tv nominations had been additionally led by HBO’s Succession (4 nods together with greatest drama sequence and greatest actor for Jeremy Strong and Brian Cox); Ted Lasso (5 nods together with greatest comedy sequence); and The Morning Show (4 nods together with greatest drama sequence).
The twenty eighth annual SAG Awards are to be held Feb. 27 and will be broadcast on TNT and TBS. The Oscars are scheduled for March 27.