The Screen Actors Guild Nominations are out

wife.jpgI’m going to limit this to SAG’s motion picture nominations. The TV stuff is so far removed from the Emmys (as are the Golden Globes’ TV nominations) as to not impact the “real” awards that come from this time of year’s “awards season” buzz.

But if you want to see the TV noms, here’s SAG’s website. 

And yes, the SAGs look more than a little bit like the Golden Globes nominations of last week.

No Lucas Hedges notice for “Ben is Back,” “Boy Erased” or “Mid90s.”
But two Emily Blunt nominations, support for “The Quiet Ones,” lead for “Mary Poppins Returns.”

No Ethan Hawke for “First Reformed,” but Sam Elliott gets noticed for his support in “A Star is Born.” No Redford for “Old Man and the Gun.” No Jackman for “The Front Runner.” No Willem Dafoe for “At Eternity’s Gate.”

No Lin Manuel Miranda honor for “Mary Poppins Returns.” See my review for why that might be (Golden Globes nomination aside). 

I always like the ensemble nominations, which they throw out there as a sort of “Here’s what WE think qualifies a film for best picture” category.

So they figure…”Bohemian” and “Crazy Rich Asians?” Probably not. Maybe.

All these folks talking up “Roma” for best picture take note. There are no “performances” in the movie that anybody is lauding.  None. And if you’ve never watched a black and white movie before and don’t know what a beautifully shot — shades and contrasts, etc. — such film looks like, maybe start to let it go.

There’s nothing here for “If Beale Street Could Talk,” either. There are outlier critics who are shouting this title from the rooftops. To the sound of crickets answering them back.

As insiders always note this time of year, the largest voting bloc in the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is made up of actors, Screen Actors’ Guild actors. So these nominations point toward where Oscar is headed more surely than the Hollywood Foreign Press Association’s Golden Globes nominations do, historically speaking.

My take? I almost always go for honoring a lifetime of work, rarely giving in to newcomers who just blow us all away.

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Pulling for Glenn Close and Richard E. Grant, Amy Adams. Grant’s been an entertaining character actor for decades and decades, and his clumsy, needy gay BFF and drunk in “Can You Ever Forgive Me” is a delight.

Close is WAY overdue, and “The Wife” is another stellar turn in a career packed with them.

And if Close wins the Oscar, that leaves Amy Adams as the best actress of her generation never to win an Academy Award. There are many, but she’s so good she gets nominated every year. Let’s not let her wait as long as Julianne Moore. Her supporting turn in “Vice” could correct that.

Kind of up in the air for Best Actor, as Annapurna isn’t screening that one in my part of the world and I bailed out of critics’ groups, which is how you get screeners of everything everybody wants to win awards for.

Bale looks brilliant in the “Vice” trailers, but it’d be nice if Dafoe could pull an Oscar nomination out of his turn as Van Gogh. Him, I’d root for.

The Theatrical Motion Picture Nominees are:

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role
CHRISTIAN BALE / Dick Cheney – “VICE” (Annapurna Pictures)
BRADLEY COOPER / Jack – “A STAR IS BORN” (Warner Bros. Pictures)
RAMI MALEK / Freddie Mercury – “BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY” (20th Century Fox)
VIGGO MORTENSEN / Tony Lip – “GREEN BOOK” (Universal Pictures)
JOHN DAVID WASHINGTON / Ron Stallworth – “BLACKKKLANSMAN” (Focus Features)

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role
EMILY BLUNT / Mary Poppins – “MARY POPPINS RETURNS” (Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures)
GLENN CLOSE / Joan Castleman – “THE WIFE” (Sony Pictures Classics)
OLIVIA COLMAN / Queen Anne – “THE FAVOURITE” (Fox Searchlight Pictures)
LADY GAGA / Ally – “A STAR IS BORN” (Warner Bros. Pictures)
MELISSA McCARTHY / Lee Israel – “CAN YOU EVER FORGIVE ME?” (Fox Searchlight Pictures)

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role
MAHERSHALA ALI / Dr. Donald Shirley – “GREEN BOOK” (Universal Pictures)
TIMOTHÉE CHALAMET / Nic Sheff – “BEAUTIFUL BOY” (Amazon Studios)
ADAM DRIVER / Flip Zimmerman – “BLACKKKLANSMAN” (Focus Features)
SAM ELLIOTT / Bobby – “A STAR IS BORN” (Warner Bros. Pictures)
RICHARD E. GRANT / Jack Hock – “CAN YOU EVER FORGIVE ME?” (Fox Searchlight Pictures)

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role
AMY ADAMS / Lynne Cheney – “VICE” (Annapurna Pictures)
EMILY BLUNT / Evelyn Abbott – “A QUIET PLACE” (Paramount Pictures)
MARGOT ROBBIE / Queen Elizabeth I – “MARY QUEEN OF SCOTS” (Focus Features)
EMMA STONE / Abigail – “THE FAVOURITE” (Fox Searchlight Pictures)
RACHEL WEISZ / Lady Sarah – “THE FAVOURITE” (Fox Searchlight Pictures)

Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
A STAR IS BORN (Warner Bros. Pictures)
DAVE CHAPPELLE / George “Noodles” Stone
ANDREW DICE CLAY / Lorenzo
BRADLEY COOPER / Jack
SAM ELLIOTT / Bobby
RAFI GAVRON / Rez Gavron
LADY GAGA / Ally
ANTHONY RAMOS / Ramon

BLACK PANTHER (Marvel Studios)
ANGELA BASSETT / Ramonda
CHADWICK BOSEMAN / T’Challa/Black Panther
STERLING K. BROWN / N’Jobu
WINSTON DUKE / M’Baku
MARTIN FREEMAN / Everett K. Ross
DANAI GURIRA / Okoye
MICHAEL B. JORDAN / Erik Killmonger
DANIEL KALUUYA / W’Kabi
LUPITA NYONG’O / Nakia
ANDY SERKIS / Ulysses Klaue
FOREST WHITAKER / Zuri
LETITIA WRIGHT / Shuri

BLACKKKLANSMAN 
(Focus Features)
HARRY BELAFONTE / Jerome Turner
ADAM DRIVER / Flip Zimmerman
TOPHER GRACE / David Duke
LAURA HARRIER / Patrice Dumas
COREY HAWKINS / Kwame Ture
JOHN DAVID WASHINGTON / Ron Stallworth

BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY (20th Century Fox)
LUCY BOYNTON / Mary Austin
AIDAN GILLEN / John Reid
BEN HARDY / Roger Taylor
TOM HOLLANDER / Jim Beach
GWILYM LEE / Brian May
ALLEN LEECH / Paul Prenter
RAMI MALEK / Freddie Mercury
JOE MAZZELLO / John Deacon
MIKE MYERS / Ray Foster

CRAZY RICH ASIANS (Warner Bros. Pictures)
AWKWAFINA / Peik Lin Goh
GEMMA CHAN / Astrid Young Teo
HENRY GOLDING / Nick Young
KEN JEONG / Wye Mun Goh
LISA LU / Ah Ma
HARRY SHUM, JR. / Charlie Wu
CONSTANCE WU / Rachel Chu
MICHELLE YEOH / Eleanor Young

Outstanding Action Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Motion Picture
ANT-MAN AND THE WASP (Marvel Studios)
AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR (Marvel Studios)
THE BALLAD OF BUSTER SCRUGGS (Netflix)
BLACK PANTHER (Marvel Studios)
MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE – FALLOUT (Paramount Pictures)

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