Last week, actors Rosario Dawson and Vanessa Hudgens took to Instagram Live to announce the nominees for the 28th annual Screen Actors Guild Awards. This year’s SAG Awards are set to air on Sunday, February 27 at 5 p.m. (PST). And now, the nominees!
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role
Javier Bardem | Desi Arnaz — Being the Ricardos
Benedict Cumberbatch | Phil Burbank — The Power of the Dog
Andrew Garfield | Jon — tick, tick…BOOM!
Will Smith | Richard Williams — King Richard
Denzel Washington | Macbeth — The Tragedy of Macbeth
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role
Jessica Chastain | Tammy Faye Bakker — The Eyes of Tammy Faye
Oliva Colman | Leda — The Lost Daughter
Lady Gaga | Patrizia Reggiani — House of Gucci
Jennifer Hudson | Aretha Franklin — Respect
Nicole Kidman | Lucille Ball — Being the Ricardos
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role
Ben Affleck | Uncle Charlie — The Tender Bar
Bradley Cooper | Jon Peters — Licorice Pizza
Troy Kotsur | Frank Rossi — CODA
Jared Leto | Paolo Gucci — House of Gucci
Kodi Smit-McPhee | Peter Gordon — The Power of the Dog
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role
Caitriona Balfe | Ma — Belfast
Cate Blanchett | Dr. Lilith Ritter — Nightmare Alley
Ariana DeBose | Anita — West Side Story (2021)
Kirsten Dunst | Rose Gordon — The Power of the Dog
Ruth Negga | Clare — Passing
Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
Don’t Look Up
House of Gucci
Outstanding Action Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Motion Picture
The Matrix Resurrections
No Time to Die
Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings
Overall, the nominations aren’t too shabby. I’m a little surprised about a few, namely House of Gucci, but I definitely think we have a better idea of who to keep an eye on as awards season progresses.
Unpopular opinion, ahoy! I don’t think Kristen Stewart was snubbed. I thought her performance in Spencer was okay, at best, in a movie that didn’t work. That said, I am well aware that she’s been the runaway favorite with critics. But, as we have learned over and over again every awards season, the voting bodies of the guilds tend to not always see things in the same way. (If they did, Ethan Hawke would have received an Oscar nomination for First Reformed. I’m still bummed about that one.)
As I mentioned, the multiple noms for House of Gucci were surprising. The one that sticks out the most is Jared Leto’s nomination in Supporting Actor. I feel like the nomination has more to do with the unrecognizable makeup job than his performance, which was frankly distracting every time his character was onscreen.
Another surprise in Supporting Actor was Ben Affleck for The Tender Bar. I thought his Golden Globes nom was just the Globes being the Globes, but it seems that he’s gaining momentum towards his first acting nomination at the Oscars.
Additionally, the omission of both Belfast’s Jamie Dornan and Ciaran Hinds in the category is curious. I think it’s going to come down to one or the other and not both when the Oscars come calling.
I have to say, I love seeing CODA being recognized as a cast. This is a movie that made its debut at the Sundance Film Festival around this time last year, so to see it thriving outside individual acting awards is really encouraging.
Also, just wanted to give a shout-out to the stunt ensemble category, because a. it’s awesome, and b. stunt men and women should be recognized at the Oscars (along with voiceover actors). It takes a village and then some to create movies, and I hope that awards shows continue to broaden their categories so we can celebrate the many creatives that help bring the magic to the big screen.