SAG Award nominations: Three Billboards and Stranger Things dominate film and television categories

The Oscar race is beginning to take shape this week after the Golden Globes unveiled their nominees on Monday. Now the Screen Actor’s Guild have offered their group of contenders with several films AND actors getting major boosts in the race for that elusive golden statue.

Leading the way is Martin McDonagh’s comic-drama Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri which is up for four gongs including the coveted Outstanding Performance by a Cast award. Main star Frances McDormand is up for Best Actress with co-stars Woody Harrelson and Sam Rockwell both nodded in Best Supporting Actor.

The family comedy Lady Bird is the other standout nominee with three mentions for Outstanding Performance by a Cast as well as acting nominations for Saoirse Ronan (Best Actress) and Laurie Metcalf (Best Supporting Actress).

The rest of the Outstanding Performance by a Cast lineup is completed by the indie comedy The Big Sick, the psychological thriller Get Out and the race-relations drama Mudbound.

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In Best Actor, Gary Oldman (Darkest Hour) and James Franco (The Disaster Artist) are both nominated for their portrayals of real-life figures Winston Churchill and Tommy Wiseau along with Denzel Washington (Roman J Israel, Esq), Timothee Chalamet (Call Me By Your Name) and British starlet Daniel Kaluuya (Get Out).

Elsewhere, British actresses Dame Judi Dench (Victoria & Abdul) and Sally Hawkins (The Shape of Water) are both contesting in Best Actress along with the previously-mentioned Saoirse Ronan (Lady Bird) and Frances McDormand (Three Billboards) plus Australian beauty Margot Robbie (I, Tonya).

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In Best Supporting Actor, Three Billboards duo Woody Harrelson and Sam Rockwell are up against surprise nominee Steve Carrell (Battle of the Sexes) and veterans Willem Dafoe (The Florida Project) and Richard Jenkins (The Shape of Water).

Finally, the Best Supporting Actress lineup sees Laurie Metcalf competing with fellow experienced names like Allison Janney (I, Tonya) and Holly Hunter (The Big Sick) plus Asian performer Hong Chau (Downsizing) and pop star Mary J. Blige (Mudbound).

There were several surprise omissions from this year’s nominees with Steven Spielberg’s The Post completely ignored while the likes of Daniel Day-Lewis (Phantom Thread), Jessica Chastain (Molly’s Game), Armie Hammer (Call Me By Your Name) and Octavia Spencer (The Shape of Water) were all overlooked.

The 2018 SAG Awards will take place on Sunday 21st January.

The full list of film nominations are below (with winners predictions in blue):

OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE BY A CAST IN A MOTION PICTURE
THE BIG SICK
GET OUT
LADY BIRD
MUDBOUND
THREE BILLBOARDS OUTSIDE EBBING, MISSOURI

OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE BY A MALE ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE
Timothee Chalamet, CALL ME BY YOUR NAME
James Franco, THE DISASTER ARTIST
Daniel Kaluuya, GET OUT
Gary Oldman, DARKEST HOUR
Denzel Washington, ROMAN J. ISRAEL, ESQ

OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE BY A FEMALE ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE
Judi Dench, VICTORIA & ABDUL
Sally Hawkins, THE SHAPE OF WATER
Frances McDormand, THREE BILLBOARDS OUTSIDE EBBING, MISSOURI
Margot Robbie, I, TONYA
Saoirse Ronan, LADY BIRD

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OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE BY A MALE ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE
Steve Carrell, BATTLE OF THE SEXES
Willem Dafoe, THE FLORIDA PROJECT
Woody Harrelson, THREE BILLBOARDS OUTSIDE EBBING, MISSOURI
Richard Jenkins, THE SHAPE OF WATER
Sam Rockwell, THREE BILLBOARDS OUTSIDE EBBING, MISSOURI

OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE BY A FEMALE ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE
Mary J. Blige, MUDBOUND
Hong Chau, DOWNSIZING
Holly Hunter, THE BIG SICK
Allison Janney, I, TONYA
Laurie Metcalf, LADY BIRD

OUTSTANDING ACTION PERFORMANCE BY A STUNT ENSEMBLE IN A MOTION PICTURE
BABY DRIVER
DUNKIRK
LOGAN
WAR FOR THE PLANET OF THE APES
WONDER WOMAN

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Stranger Things

Meanwhile in the television categories, Netflix’s fantasy nostalgia series Stranger Things received four nominations which included the crucial Outstanding Performance by a (Drama) Ensemble award.

Teenager Millie Bobby Crown scored another Outstanding Actress (Drama) nod for her role as telekinetic heroine Eleven with co-star David Harbour recognised in Outstanding Actor (Drama) for playing Chief Jim Hopper. The show’s second series also landed a nomination for Outstanding Performance by a Stunt Ensemble.

Stranger Things finds itself competing in a strong Outstanding Performance by a (Drama) Ensemble category which also includes fellow Netflix drama The Crown, The Handmaid’s Tale and HBO’s Game of Thrones.

Thrones had a better nominations day after its frustrating tally on Monday as it also snared mentions for its Stunt Ensemble as well as an Outstanding Actor (Drama) nod for Peter Dinklage.

The Outstanding Actor (Drama) lineup is completed by Jason Bateman (Ozark), Sterling K. Brown (This is Us) and Bob Odenkirk (Better Call Saul). Bobby Brown’s competition in Outstanding Actress (Drama) includes British star Claire Foy (The Crown), Laura Linney (Ozark), Elisabeth Moss (The Handmaid’s Tale) and Robin Wright (House of Cards).

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Elsewhere, the melodrama Big Little Lies followed up its impressive nominations haul with the Golden Globes by receiving four acting nods in the Mini-Series / Motion Picture Made for Television categories.

Actress trio Nicole Kidman, Reese Witherspoon and Laura Dern are all up for Best Actress with their group completed by Jessica Lange and Susan Sarandon’s portrayals of Hollywood battleaxes Joan Crawford and Bette Davis in Feud: Bette & Joan.

Lies’s Alexander Skarsgaard is nominated for Best Actor and will face stern competition from the likes of film legend Robert De Niro (The Wizard of Lies) and Britain’s Benedict Cumberbatch who is recognised again for his role in Sherlock.

Finally, the Comedy contenders sees Netlix’s female wrestling sitcom GLOW pick up for a quartet of nominations which include Outstanding Performance by a Comedy Ensemble as well as acting mentions for Alison Brie and Marc Maron.

The Outstanding Performance by a Comedy Ensemble includes familiar favourites like Will & Grace and HBO duo Curb Your Enthusiasm and Veep.

Curb’s Larry David and Will & Grace’s Sean Hayes go up against the likes of Anthony Anderson (Black-ish) and William H. Macy (Shameless) in Outstanding (Comedy) Actor while Alison Brie faces stern competition in Outstanding (Comedy) Actress from awards-favourite Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Hollywood legends Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin (both nodded for Grace and Frankie).

The 2018 SAG Awards will take place on Sunday 21st January.

The full list of television nominees are below (winner predictions in blue):

OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE BY AN ENSEMBLE IN A DRAMA SERIES
THE CROWN
GAME OF THRONES
THE HANDMAID’S TALE
STRANGER THINGS
THIS IS US

OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE BY A MALE ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES
Jason Bateman, OZARK
Sterling K. Brown, THIS IS US
Peter Dinklage, GAME OF THRONES
David Harbour, STRANGER THINGS
Bob Odenkirk, BETTER CALL SAUL

OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE BY A FEMALE ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES
Millie Bobby Brown, STRANGER THINGS
Claire Foy, THE CROWN
Laura Linney, OZARK
Elisabeth Moss, THE HANDMAID’S TALE
Robin Wright, HOUSE OF CARDS

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OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE BY AN ENSEMBLE IN A COMEDY SERIES
BLACK-ISH
CURB YOUR ENTHUSIASM
GLOW
ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK
VEEP

OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE BY A MALE ACTOR IN A COMEDY SERIES
Anthony Anderson, BLACK-ISH
Aziz Ansari, MASTER OF NONE
Larry David, CURB YOUR ENTHUSIASM
Sean Hayes, WILL & GRACE
William H. Macy, SHAMELESS
Marc Maron, GLOW

OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE BY A FEMALE ACTOR IN A COMEDY SERIES
Uzo Abuda, ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK
Allison Brie, GLOW
Jane Fonda, GRACE AND FRANKIE
Julia-Louis Dreyfus, VEEP
Lily Tomlin, GRACE AND FRANKIE

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OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE BY A MALE ACTOR IN A TV MOVIE OR MINI-SERIES
Benedict Cumberbatch, SHERLOCK
Jeff Daniels, GODLESS
Robert De Niro, THE WIZARD OF LIES
Geoffrey Rush, GENIUS
Alexander Skarsgard, BIG LITTLE LIES

OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE BY A FEMALE ACTOR IN A TV MOVIE OR MINI-SERIES
Laura Dern, BIG LITTLE LIES
Nicole Kidman, BIG LITTLE LIES
Jessica Lange, FEUD: BETTE & JOAN
Susan Sarandon, FEUD: BETTE & JOAN
Reese Witherspoon, BIG LITTLE LIES

OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE BY STUNT ENSEMBLE IN A COMEDY / DRAMA SERIES
GAME OF THRONES
GLOW
HOMELAND
STRANGER THINGS
THE WALKING DEAD

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