Snubs and surprises mark the Screen Actors Guild nominations as “A Star Is Born” leads the way


Just a few short minutes ago, we entered a whole different part of the awards season. Yes, we’re now at the stage of the game where the major Guilds begin chiming in. Things started off in that realm this morning with the announcement of the Screen Actors Guild award nominations. Considering the crossover that SAG has with Academy Award membership, this is something to pay major attention to. They haven’t predicted the Best Picture winner in a few years, but acting wise, they’re undeniably important. To ignore them is to do so at your own predicting peril. As such, today marked an important part of the precursor season…

SAG was full of snubs and surprises today. In the big category of Best Ensemble alone, they left off The Favourite, First Man, Green Book, If Beale Street Could Talk, and Vice, which arguably could have ended up being the actual five nominees. In fact, First Man and If Beale Street Could Talk were totally shut out altogether. Instead, they cited BlacKkKlansman, Black Panther, Bohemian Rhapsody, Crazy Rich Asians, and A Star Is Born. Acting category surprises included a double nomination for Emily Blunt (Lead for Mary Poppins Returns and Supporting for A Quiet Place), while snubs included no Regina King in Supporting Actress for If Beale Street Could Talk. You can see them all next, but suffice it to say…things just got interesting.


Here now are all of the nominees for the 25th annual Screen Actors Guild awards:

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role:
Christian Bale, “Vice”
Bradley Cooper, “A Star Is Born”
Rami Malek, “Bohemian Rhapsody”
Viggo Mortensen, “Green Book”
John David Washington, “BlacKkKlansman”

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role:
Emily Blunt, “Mary Poppins Returns”
Glenn Close, “The Wife”
Olivia Colman, “The Favourite”
Lady Gaga, “A Star Is Born”
Melissa McCarthy, “Can You Ever Forgive Me?”

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role:
Mahershala Ali, “Green Book”
Timothee Chalamet, “Beautiful Boy”
Adam Driver, “BlacKkKlansman”
Sam Elliott, “A Star Is Born”
Richard E. Grant, “Can You Ever Forgive Me?”

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role:
Amy Adams, “Vice”
Emily Blunt, “A Quiet Place”
Margot Robbie, “Mary Queen of Scots”
Emma Stone, “The Favourite”
Rachel Weisz, “The Favourite”

Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture:
“A Star Is Born”
“Black Panther”
“BlacKkKlansman”
“Bohemian Rhapsody”
“Crazy Rich Asians”

Outstanding Action Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Motion Picture:
“Ant-Man and the Wasp”
“Avengers: Infinity War”
“The Ballad of Buster Scruggs”
“Black Panther”
“Mission: Impossible – Fallout”

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries:
Antonio Banderas, “Genius: Picasso”
Darren Criss, “Assassination of Gianni Versace”
Hugh Grant, “A Very English Scandal”
Anthony Hopkins, “King Lear”
Bill Pullman, “The Sinner”

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries:
Amy Adams, “Sharp Objects”
Patricia Arquette, “Escape at Dannemora”
Patricia Clarkson, “Sharp Objects”
Penelope Cruz, “Assassination of Gianni Versace”
Emma Stone, “Maniac”

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series:
Jason Bateman, “Ozark”
Sterling K. Brown, “This Is Us”
Joseph Fiennes, “The Handmaid’s Tale”
John Krasinski, “Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan”
Bob Odenkirk, “Better Call Saul”

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series:
Julia Garner, “Ozark”
Laura Linney, “Ozark”
Elisabeth Moss, “The Handmaid’s Tale”
Sandra Oh, “Killing Eve”
Robin Wright, “House of Cards”

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series:
Alan Arkin, “The Kominsky Method”
Michael Douglas, “The Kominsky Method”
Bill Hader, “Barry”
Henry Winkler, “Barry”

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series:
Alex Borstein, “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”
Alison Brie, “GLOW”
Rachel Brosnahan, “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”
Jane Fonda, “Grace and Frankie”
Lily Tomlin, “Grace and Frankie”

Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series:
“The Americans”
“Better Call Saul”
“The Handmaid’s Tale”
“Ozark”
“This Is Us”

Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series:
“Atlanta”
“Barry”
“GLOW”
“The Kominsky Method”
“The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”

Outstanding Action Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Comedy or Drama Series:
“Glow”
“Marvel’s: Daredevil”
“Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan”
“The Walking Dead”
“Westworld”

As you can see, A Star Is Born led the day with four nominations. Next in line with three apiece were BlacKkKlansman and The Favourite. Overall, SAG spread the wealth around quite a bit. One has to look at this as favoring A Star Is Born right now, but it’s a wide open field. This matters too, as plenty of SAG voters also vote for the Oscars. If these are the performances that they like, they could very well be the ones that show up at the Academy Awards. Time will tell, but bet against them at your own risk.


Stay tuned to see who ends up winning Screen Actors Guild awards this year!

About Joey Magidson

A graduate of Stony Brook University (where he studied Cinema and Cultural Studies), resides in Brooklyn, New York. He also contributes to several other film-related websites.

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