With 2018 almost over, the battle for Oscar glory in 2019 is well and truly on following today’s Screen Actor’s Guild Award nominations.
Leader of the pack is the musical-based drama A Star is Born which landed four nods including Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture. Additionally, stars Bradley Cooper, Lady Gaga and Sam Elliott are all in contention for Best Actor, Best Actress and Best Supporting Actor respectively.
There are also three nominations apiece for the Spike Lee drama Blackkklansman and the historical biopic The Favourite. Blackkklansman scored a key mention in the Best Cast lineup as well as earning acting nods for John David Washington and Adam Driver.
The Favourite landed three acting nominations for actresses Olivia Colman, Emma Stone and Rachel Weisz though the film surprisingly missed out on being mentioned in the main category.
Instead, the Best Performance by a Cast lineup is completed by three box-office hits in the Marvel blockbuster Black Panther, the Asian-based rom-com Crazy Rich Asians and more unexpectedly, the Queen biopic Bohemian Rhapsody.
For his portrayal of Freddie Mercury, Rami Malek is once again in contention for Best Actor along with Christian Bale (Vice), Viggo Mortensen (Green Book), Cooper and Washington.
Elsewhere, British actress Emily Blunt earned two nominations in Lead and Supporting for her performances as Mary Poppins in the Disney musical Mary Poppins Returns and as Evelyn Abbott in the creepy drama A Quiet Place.
Blunt competes in the lead category along with the likes of Glenn Close (The Wife) and Melissa McCarthy (Can You Ever Forgive Me?) while her competition in Supporting includes Amy Adams (Vice) and Margot Robbie (Mary, Queen of Scots).
The Supporting Actor lineup sees Driver, Elliott and Britain’s Richard E. Grant (Can You Ever Forgive Me?) go head-to-head with the likes of Mahershala Ali (Green Book) and Timothee Chalamet (Beautiful Boy).
Finally, the Outstanding Stunt Ensemble category is contested by three Marvel films in Black Panther, Avengers: Infinity War and Ant-Man and the Wasp as well as The Ballard of Buster Scruggs and Mission: Impossible – Fallout.
There were a number of surprise omissions with the biggest being Regina King who was snubbed in Best Supporting Actress for her role in If Beale Street Could Talk. First Man, First Reformed, Roma and Widows were the other major films ignored by the SAG.
The 25th Screen Actor’s Guild Awards ceremony will take place on 28th January.
The full list of film nominations are below (with winners predictions in blue):
OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE BY A CAST IN A MOTION PICTURE
CRAZY RICH ASIANS
A STAR IS BORN
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, BLACK KKKLANSMAN
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 ACTION PERFORMANCE BY A STUNT ENSEMBLE IN A MOTION PICTURE
ANT-MAN AND THE WASP
AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR
THE BALLARD OF BUSTER SCRUGGS
MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE – FALLOUT
Meanwhile, the nominees in television provided a solid mix in the drama, comedy and limited series categories.
Joint leader is the Netflix thriller series Ozark which landed four nominations including the lucrative Best Ensemble in a Drama Series category. It also received acting nods for stars Jason Bateman, Laura Linney and Julia Garner.
Ozark is competing in a strong Ensemble (Drama) Series lineup along with The Americans, Better Call Saul, The Handmaid’s Tale and This is Us.
In Best Actor (Drama), Bateman is up against Sterling K. Brown (This is Us), Joseph Fiennes (The Handmaid’s Tale), John Krasinski (Jack Ryan) and Bob Odenkirk (Better Call Saul).
Meanwhile the Best Actress (Drama) category sees Ozark duo Garner and Linney face off against Elisabeth Moss (The Handmaid’s Tale), Sandra Oh (Killing Eve) and Robin Wright (House of Cards).
Another series to perform well was the 1950s comedy The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel which landed four mentions including Best Ensemble in a Comedy Series. Additionally, there are double nominations in Best Actress (Comedy) for Rachel Brosnahan and Alex Borstein and a Best Actor (Comedy) nod for Tony Shalhoub.
Another comedy series to perform well was The Kominsky Method which is up for Best Ensemble (Comedy) as well as earning double acting mentions for stars Michael Douglas and Alan Arkin. The rest of the Ensemble (Comedy) lineup is completed by Atlanta, Barry (also earning Bill Hader and Henry Winkler nominations in Best Actor) and GLOW (also nominated in Best Actress for Alison Brie).
Veterans Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin complete a versatile Best Actress group for their roles in Grace and Frankie.
In the limited series category, British actors Hugh Grant (A Very English Scandal) and Anthony Hopkins (King Lear) go head-to-head for the Best Actor award along with Antonio Banderas (Genius: Picasso), Darren Criss (The Assassination of Gianni Versace) and Bill Pullman (The Sinner).
Amy Adams and Emma Stone lock horns in the Best Actress (Limited Series) category for their respective performances in HBO’s Sharp Objects and Netflix’s Maniac. Ironically, both women are also up against each in the Best Supporting Actress (film) lineup.
The rest of the nominees consist of Adams’s Sharp Objects co-star Patricia Clarkson as well as former Oscar winners Patricia Arquette (Escape at Donnemora) and Penelope Cruz (The Assassination of Gianni Versace).
Finally, the Outstanding Stunt Ensemble contenders consist of the recently-cancelled Daredevil as well as GLOW, Jack Ryan, The Walking Dead and Westworld.
The 25th Screen Actor’s Guild Awards ceremony will take place on 28th January.
The full list of television nominees are below (winner predictions in blue):
OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE BY AN ENSEMBLE IN A DRAMA SERIES
BETTER CALL SAUL
THE HANDMAID’S TALE
THIS IS US
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, 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 AN ENSEMBLE IN A COMEDY SERIES
THE KOMINSKY METHOD
THE MARVELOUS MRS. MAISEL
OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE BY A MALE ACTOR IN A COMEDY SERIES
Alan Akin, THE KOMINSKY METHOD
Michael Douglas, THE KOMINSKY METHOD
Bill Hader, BARRY
Tony Shalhoub, THE MARVELOUS MRS. MAISEL
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 Fona, GRACE AND FRANKIE
Lily Tomlin, GRACE AND FRANKIE
OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE BY A MALE ACTOR IN A TV MOVIE OR MINI-SERIES
Antonio Banderas, GENIUS: PICCASSO
Darren Criss, THE 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 TV MOVIE OR MINI-SERIES
Amy Adams, SHARP OBJECTS
Patricia Arquette, ESCAPE AT DANNEMORA
Patricia Clarkson, SHARP OBJECTS
Penelope Cruz, THE ASSASSINATION OF GIANNI VERSACE
Emma Stone, MANIAC
OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE BY STUNT ENSEMBLE IN A COMEDY / DRAMA SERIES
THE WALKING DEAD