Will Smith, Lady Gaga and Ben Affleck landed individual nominations for the 28th Screen Actors Guild Awards on Wednesday, while actors from “Belfast” and “CODA” were among those nominated for Best Guild Award, Best Ensemble .
The nominees were announced Wednesday by actors Vanessa Hudgens and Rosario Dawson on Instagram Live. Although the appointments were made virtually due to the increase in the number of COVID-19 cases, the streaming ad still represented one of the most meaningful mornings of an awards season largely stifled by the pandemic. .
“Belfast” and “CODA” for best ensemble were the actors of “House of Gucci”, “Don’t Look Up” and “King Richard”. The cast of Steven Spielberg’s “West Side Story” (who winked at Ariana DeBose) and Jane Campion’s “The Power of the Dog” were notably left out. Campion’s film, however, landed three individual SAG names: Benedict Cumberbatch, Kirsten Dunst, and Kodi Smit-McPhee.
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The Golden Globes, usually the launch party down the home stretch leading up to the Oscars, barely took a peek. They were bluntly announced on Twitter Sunday in a private ceremony due to Hollywood’s boycott of the besieged Hollywood Foreign Press Association over diversity and ethics issues. Omicron’s push has also prompted the Critics Choice Awards to postpone its January 9 in-person gala. For the second year, Oscar season went virtual – and struggled to make much noise.
Wednesday’s SAG nominations, at least, confirmed that this year’s Oscar race has a lot of star power.
The nominees for Best Male Leading 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 female roles 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”).
The SAG Awards, presented by the SAG-AFTRA Actor’s Guild, are among the most trusted Oscar barons. It is rare that a movie or performance not nominated by the actors of the cinema ends up winning the Oscars. Actors make up the largest percentage of the film academy, so their choices have the greatest influence.
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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. (The other SAG winners were Chadwick Boseman and Viola Davis in “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom” and Yuh-Jung Youn in “Minari”.) Aaron Sorkin’s drama “The Trial of the Chicago 7” won the award for best together during a virtual SAG. Awards while Chloe Zhao’s “Nomadland” – which included many non-professional actors and was not nominated for the ensemble – triumphed at the Oscars.
The 28th edition of the SAG Awards will take place on February 27 and will be broadcast on TNT and TBS. The Oscars are scheduled for March 27.