Saturday, April 13, 2024

SAG Awards Go Very Commercial with Nominations for Movie Casts, Bypassing Indie and Art Films


The SAG AWards nominations have been announced. Emily Blunt has two nominations, for lead in “Mary Poppins Returns” and supporting in “A Quiet Place.” Bravo!

But a few people have been left out, notably Nicole Kidman for “Destroyer” and Ryan Gosling and CLaire Foy for “First Man.” Ethan Hawke didn’t make the grade for “First Reformed.”

More notably– no ensemble or cast nomination for “If Beale Street Could Talk” and nothing for Regina King, widely seen as the lead candidate for Best Supporting Actress.

The cast award– formerly Best Ensemble– went to very commercial movies, big hits like “Black Panther” and “Bohemian Rhapsody.” This is a seachange. New SAG voters aka new Academy voters are using their ballots to endorse winners. This is a Trump effect. Where are the indie films?

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, “BlacKkKlansman”

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 Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture:
“A Star Is Born”
“Black Panther”
“Bohemian Rhapsody”
“Crazy Rich Asians”

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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