The SAG nominations show strength for House of Gucci, The Power of the Dog


Is “Spencer” star Kristen Stewart still an Oscar nominee without a SAG nomination? It could still happen – she’s in the running for a BAFTA nomination, and their longlists were also announced today – but the Screen Actors Guild Awards reflect more on where the Academy actors are headed.

That said, the SAG and the Oscars are not always in line. It’s often a matter of timing: some late breakaways (like MGM / UA’s “Cyrano”, whose star Peter Dinklage was rejected by SAG but not BAFTA) are not seen by enough of the SAG nomination committee. SAG voters are both more mainstream and younger than the Academy’s dominant acting branch. And there are several of them: Every year, SAG selects a new nomination committee of 2,500 members, about double the Academy’s voters.

Last year, Netflix’s “Da 5 Bloods” and “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom” landed in the SAG Ensemble without advancing in the Oscar race for Best Picture along with “One Night in Miami.” Only Netflix’s final SAG winner “Trial of the Chicago 7” and A24’s “Minari” landed slots. SAG revealed how popular “Minari” was, and while SAG nominee Steven Yeun did not get an Oscar nod, his teammate Youn Yuh-Jung took home a gold statue. But provided Stewart lands an Oscar spot, she’s unlikely to win. In the history of the SAG Awards, no one has won the Oscar for Best Actress without a prior SAG nomination.

As the academy has diversified and become more international, its tastes often differ from SAG voters. Three of the last four Oscar winners for Best Picture (“Nomadland,” “The Shape of Water” and “Green Book”) did not win an Ensemble nomination.

"The power of the dog" Costumes Kodi Smit-Mcphee and Benedict Cumberbatch

Kodi Smit-Mcphee and Benedict Cumberbatch in “The Power of the Dog”

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Therefore, Netflix is ​​not stressed that Jane Campion’s critics’ favorite “The Power of the Dog” is not in the Ensemble category. It still leads the field along with “House of Gucci” (which also received three nominations) for Benedict Cumberbatch, Kirsten Dunst and Kodi Smit-McPhee. All are considered locks for BAFTA and Oscar nominations. With seven reviews, Netflix outperformed any other movie distributor.

SAG reveals widespread support among actors for such crowdpleasers as Kenneth Branagh’s 1969 memoir “Belfast,” which received only one actor nomination (Supporting Actress and BAFTA-named Caitriona Balfe); BAFTA challengers Jamie Dornan and Ciaran Hinds are likely to knock each other out.

The tennis cinema “King Richard” saw a SAG nod to the protagonist Will Smith, but no Aunjanue Ellis (both included by BAFTA); Ridley Scott’s “House of Gucci” scored expected places for both bigger than life Lady Gaga and Jared Leto (along with BAFTA); Sian Heather’s “CODA” (AppleTV +) landed Birolle Troy Kotsur, but no Emilia Jones (both mentioned by BAFTA) or Marlee Matlin.

Adam McKay’s doomsday satire “Don’t Look Up” (Netflix) landed Ensemble, but no Leonardo DiCaprio (both included on BAFTA). So far, he has not fought for a slot machine for best male lead. SAG also ignored Jennifer Lawrence, who was on the BAFTA list, along with Oscar longshot Meryl Streep.

NICOLE KIDMAN and JAVIER BARDEM star in BEING THE RICARDOS Photo: GLEN WILSON © AMAZON CONTENT SERVICES LLC

Nicole Kidman and Javier Bardem in “Being the Ricardos”.

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The British Academy Awards’ extensive long lists will be cut down to actual nominations, to be announced on 3 February, with the BAFTA Awards ceremony on 13 March. Like last year, committees added diversity to many of the long lists. Of BAFTA’s best film list of 15, only “Dune”, “No Time to Die” and “The French Dispatch” landed any SAG nominations.

With a guaranteed 10 best film challengers this year, we can expect all five SAG Ensemble nominees to land on the Oscar list along with “The Power of the Dog.” Everyone is on the BAFTA shortlist of 15 along with Aaron Sorkin’s “Being the Ricardos” (Amazon), which did not land in the Ensemble, but not only scored a leading role for Nicole Kidman, but also for Javier Bardem (his wife Penelope Cruz was closed out of both SAG and BAFTA for Pedro Almodovar’s “Parallel Mothers”).

Lin-Manuel Miranda’s “Tick, Tick, Boom” (Netflix) got an acting nod for BAFTA-named Andrew Garfield and was also able to reach best film, and the late, BAFTA shortlisted Shakespeare drama “The Tragedy of Macbeth” (AppleTV + ) only got one acting spot for star Denzel Washington. His non-campaign player, triple Oscar winner Frances McDormand, did not get a starring role at SAG, but did at BAFTA.

THE EYES OF TAMMY FAYE, Jessica Chastain as Tammy Faye Bakker, 2021. © Searchlight Pictures / Courtesy Everett Collection

“The Eyes of Tammy Faye”

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Stable as they go are probably BAFTA and Oscar nominees Jessica Chastain (whose transformative performance in Searchlights “The Eyes of Tammy Faye” is comparable to SAG and Oscar nominees Charlize Theron in “Bombshell”) and Olivia Colman in Maggie Gyllenhaals ” The Lost Daughter “(Netflix). Two actresses needed BAFTA and SAG boosts for their Oscar bids: Jennifer Hudson as Aretha Franklin in MGM / UA’s August release “Respect”, and in Supporting, Ruth Negga for Rebecca Hall’s “Passing” (Netflix).

Ben Affleck also adds credibility to his Oscar campaign for mainstream heartthrob “The Tender Bar,” which has made a comeback advertising push, including a candid EW cover interview with buddy Matt Damon, his “Last Duel” cowriter and costar . With a 53 Metascore, however, “The Tender Bar” did not win over BAFTA and possibly did not win over the academy.

Only Cate Blanchett managed to support SAG and BAFTA reviews for Guillermo del Toro’s “Nightmare Alley” (Searchlight), while star Bradley Cooper landed in Supporting at both BAFTA and SAG for his colorful tour as producer Jon Peters in Paul Thomas Anderson’s “Licorice Pizza , “Which could be repeated at the Oscars in the morning. Popular acting discovery Alana Haim was left out of SAG but listed by BAFTA.

West Side Story

“West Side Story”

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As for Steven Spielberg’s well-publicized musical remake “West Side Story” (Disney), Broadway imports Ariana DeBose’s outstanding performance when Anita landed a supporting role with BAFTA and SAG, but without an ensemble. Rita Moreno, who won an Oscar for Anita in 1962, Mike Faist and David Alvarez, who were just mentioned in Supporting BAFTA. In a competitive year for strong ensemble crews, “West Side Story” should easily slip into many categories on Oscar nomination morning. But the film faltered at the box office and could have used more SAG support.

Those who fantasized about a foreign-language follow-up to Bong Joon-Hos’ surprising SAG challenger “Parasite,” which won the ensemble award and went on to win the Oscar for best film, were disappointed. SAG did not recognize the Japanese Oscar-winning feature “Drive My Car” (Janus), which swept into New York, Los Angeles and National Film Critics groups. The nominated Oscar nominee is a strong competitor to Film Not in an English Language at BAFTAs as well as the Best International Feature Film Oscar, and can also win Oscar nominations from the director and writer departments.

When “Parasite” came to the Ensemble, it gave Neon the confidence to go all in on a bonafid Oscar nominee for Best Picture. It was a sign that the film was mainstream enough to go all the way. Whatever you think of “Drive My Car”, it’s not mainstream.

On BAFTA’s 15 documentary list, only “Billie Eilish: The World’s a Little Blurry”, “Flee” (which also landed a non-English language castle), “The Rescue”, “Summer of Soul” and “The Velvet” Underground are also Oscar shortlisted.

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