Guild Awards Nominations: The rise of Omicron cases also prompted the Critics’ Choice Awards to postpone the gala in person on January 9.
The Screen Actors Guild Awards
Will Smith, (Will Smith) Lady Gaga (Lady Gaga) and Ben Affleck at the 28th Screen Actors Guild Awards on Wednesday (Screen Actors Guild Awards) While artists from Belfast and CODA were nominated for the Guild’s Top Award, Outstanding Ensemble. The nominations were announced on Wednesday by actors Vanessa Hudgens and Rosario Dawson on Instagram Live. While the nominations were held up due to a surge in COVID-19 cases, the streamed announcement still represents one of the most meaningful mornings in an awards season snuffed out by the pandemic at large.
Joining Belfast and CODA for the best ensemble cast were the cast of House of Gucci, Don’t Look Up and King Richard. The cast of Steven Spielberg’s West Side Story (which gave a supporting nod to Ariana DeBos) and Jane Campion’s “The Power of the Dog” were notably omitted. Campion’s film, however, landed on three individual SAG noms: Benedict Cumberbatch, Kirsten Dunst, and Cody Smit-McPhee.
The announcement was made on Twitter on Sunday
The kickoff party barely showed a glimpse at the Golden Globes, usually the last step leading up to the Academy Awards. He was announced on Twitter on Sunday at a private ceremony due to the boycott of the troubled Hollywood Foreign Press Association through Hollywood on Diversity and Ethical Issues. The rise of Omicron cases also prompted the Critics’ Choice Awards to postpone the gala in person on January 9. For the second year in a row, Oscar season has gone virtual and has struggled to make much noise.
The nominees for Best Male Lead Actor are: Will Smith (King Richard), Cumberbatch, Denzel Washington (The Tragedy of Macbeth), Andrew Garfield (Tick, Tick… Boom!) and Javier Bardem (Being the Ricardos). 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) are up for Best Female Lead.
Oscar award ceremony is scheduled on March 27
The SAG Awards, presented through the Actors Guild SAG-AFTRA, are one of the most reliable Oscar bellwethers. There is rarely a film or performance that is not nominated by screen actors and ultimately wins an Academy Award. Actors make up the largest percentage of the film academy, so their choices have the biggest impact.
But last year, SAG and the academy parted ways more than usual. Only one of its acting winners – Daniel Kaluuya (Judas and the Black Messiah) was repeated at the Oscars. (The other SAG winners were Chadwick Boseman and Viola Davis in Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, and Yuh-Jung Yoon in the miniseries) Aaron Sorkin’s courtroom drama The Trial of Chicago 7 won Best Acting at the Virtual SAG Awards, while Chloe Zhao’s Nomadland—which included several non-professional actors and no nominations for the ensemble—won the Oscars. The 28th Annual SAG Awards are to be held on February 27 and will be broadcast on TNT and TBS. The Oscars are scheduled for March 27.