The 25th Screen Actors Guild Nominations Boost ‘A Star Is Born’ And ‘BlacKkKlansman’

The Screen Actors Guild Awards are perhaps the most important stepping-stone to Oscar glory. Due to a significant percentage of the Guild voting for the Oscars, the nominations tend to line up more often than not, and only twice in the award’s 24 year history has the Best Picture winner not been nominated here for Best Ensemble. So a nomination today is essential to earning a nomination in January. All of this background information is necessary to understand why today’s 25th Annual Screen Actors Guild Award nominations are so crucial, as well as so surprising.

If you were to take anything away from today’s nominations, it would be that A Star Is Born is far and away your frontrunner for Best Picture. Not only was the film nominated for Best Actor for Bradley Cooper, Best Actress for Lady Gaga, and Best Supporting Actor for Sam Elliott, but the film managed to earn that coveted Best Ensemble nomination. This is a big win for A Star Is Born, and it may be too late to stop the film’s momentum as it prepares to sweep the awards season. The only film happier than Star today would have to be BlacKkKlansman: long thought out of the race by pundits (except for me, who has been on board with this film for quite some time) Klansman not only earned a nomination for Best Ensemble and Best Supporting Actor for Adam Driver, but star John David Washington earned a surprise nomination for Best Actor, forcing out critical darling Ethan Hawke from the lineup. Considering Washington has now received bids from both the Globes and the SAG Awards, his name may be one to consider come Oscar season. Meanwhile, because the SAG Awards love to honor big blockbusters with outstanding casts (previous nominees include Bridesmaids, Hairspray, My Big Fat Greek Wedding, and Moulin Rouge!), Oscar contender Black Panther (an important win) and true ensemble Crazy Rich Asians both managed to earn nominations for their diverse and brilliant casts. However, while nominations for these four make sense, to varying degrees, the recipient for the fifth nomination has been a real head-scratcher all day: Bohemian Rhapsody not only earned a nomination for Best Actor (Rami Malek, who might win), but also a nomination for Best Ensemble. This is crazy for a few reasons. First, this is not an ensemble film. The rest of the performances outside of Malek range from forgettable to bad, and the biggest name in the cast is Mike Myers, who essentially has a cameo. Second, Rhapsody has been a critical flop (albeit a box office sensation), meaning its nomination here comes as something of a shock to those who are meant to be arbiters of taste, and could cement Rhapsody as a true contender for Best Picture. However, most important of all: Rhapsody’s nomination here forces out several films not only expected to win Best Ensemble, but were expected to win Best Picture as well. This means we have no nomination for Vice, no nomination for The Favourite, no nomination for If Beale Street Could Talk, no nomination for Green Book, and no nomination for Roma (who, to be fair, has been questionable all season in terms of eligibility). This is a shocking upset that leaves the rest of the season in jeopardy, and significantly alters what most of us considered written in stone.

Of course, Best Ensemble isn’t the only place to shock and surprise us. The Guild made their love for Emily Blunt plainly known by not only nominating her for Mary Poppins Returns (a seeming shoe-in), but also nominating her in Best Supporting Actress for A Quiet Place. It’s hard to get mad at this decision, especially because Blunt is so remarkable in A Quiet Place, but it’s truly shocking due to who ended up getting forced out. That’s right: critical favorite and perceived frontrunner Regina King ended up being the contender to fall away. This is a stunning snub that will have ramifications throughout the rest of the season, and may be especially egregious due to claims and accusations that the nominating branch of SAG-AFTRA just stopped seeing movies after October, thus missing Beale Street (I won’t speak out of turn, however, as such rumors are unconfirmed). Otherwise, the biggest “shock” here is the fact Margot Robbie is back in the race with a nomination for Best Supporting Actress. With Blunt presumably not moving on to the Oscar race (and making room for King), you can bet that Robbie will be battling Claire Foy and Nicole Kidman for that final Oscar slot. And take a look at Best Supporting Actor and Best Actress, everyone: those ten names seem like a solid list that will be repeated come January (especially Supporting Actor, because how can you beat Mahershala Ali, Timothée Chalamet, Adam Driver, Sam Elliott, and Richard E. Grant?).

On television, SAG-AFTRA decided to follow the Globes’ lead and scrapped everything to award the shiny new shows right in front of them. Gone are Orange Is The New Black, Black-ish, Shameless (that’s right, three-time winner William H. Macy was not nominated this year), and more. Instead, we have the continued love for the mediocre Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, alongside Ozark, Killing Eve, The Kominsky Method, Atlanta, and Barry. This also means they gave their love to the big celebrities who acted on television this year – Bill Pullman, Anthony Hopkins, Alan Arkin, Michael Douglas, Henry Winkler, and a second year of both Lily Tomlin and Jane Fonda. Meanwhile, alongside Emily Blunt’s double nominations, Amy Adams and Emma Stone both received nominations for Best Actress in a Miniseries/TV Movie to complement their nominations in Best Supporting Actress. And speaking of Emily, her husband, John Krasinski, managed to pull off a surprise nom as well, thanks to his Jack Ryan television series.

The 25th Screen Actors Guild Awards will be held on January 27th, 2018. They will be hosted by Megan Mullally, and presented on TNT and TBS. Alan Alda will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award. You can see the full list of nominees below, and I will have a full Oscar breakdown in the next few days, and we’ll see who’s the new Oscar frontrunner between Black Panther, BlacKkKlansman, and A Star Is Born!

Film

Best 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

Best 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?

Best Male Actor in a Supporting Role

  • Mahershala Ali-Green Book
  • Timothée Chalamet-Beautiful Boy
  • Adam Driver-BlacKkKlansman
  • Sam Elliott-A Star Is Born
  • Richard E. Grant-Can You Ever Forgive Me?

Best 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

Best Cast in a Motion Picture

  • A Star Is Born
  • Black Panther
  • BlacKkKlansman
  • Bohemian Rhapsody
  • Crazy Rich Asians

Best Stunt Ensemble

  • Ant-Man and the Wasp
  • Avengers: Infinity War
  • The Ballad of Buster Scruggs
  • Black Panther
  • Mission: Impossible – Fallout

Television

Best Actor in a Miniseries/TV Movie

  • Antonio Banderas-Genius: Picasso
  • Darren Criss-The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story
  • Hugh Grant-A Very English Scandal
  • Anthony Hopkins-King Lear
  • Bill Pullman-The Sinner

Best Actress in a Miniseries/TV Movie

  • Amy Adams-Sharp Objects
  • Patricia Arquette-Escape at Dannemora
  • Patricia Clarkson-Sharp Objects
  • Penélope Cruz-The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story
  • Emma Stone-Maniac

Best Actor in a Comedy Series

  • Alan Arkin-The Kominsky Method
  • Michael Douglas-The Kominsky Method
  • Bill Hader-Barry
  • Tony Shalhoub-The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
  • Henry Winkler-Barry

Best Actress in a Comedy Series

  • Alex Borstein-The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
  • Alison Brie-GLOW
  • Rachel Brosnahan-The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
  • Jane Fonda-Grace and Frankie
  • Lily Tomlin-Grace and Frankie

Best Actor in a Drama Series

  • Jason Bateman-Ozark
  • Sterling K. Brown-This Is Us
  • Joseph Fiennes-The Handmaid’s Tale
  • John Krasinski-Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan
  • Bob Odenkirk-Better Call Saul

Best Actress in a Drama Series

  • Julia Garner-Ozark
  • Laura Linney-Ozark
  • Elisabeth Moss-The Handmaid’s Tale
  • Sandra Oh-Killing Eve
  • Robin Wright-House of Cards

Best Ensemble in a Drama Series

  • The Americans
  • Better Call Saul
  • The Handmaid’s Tale
  • Ozark
  • This Is Us

Best Ensemble in a Comedy Series

  • Atlanta: Robbin Season
  • Barry
  • GLOW
  • The Kominsky Method
  • The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

Best Stunt Ensemble in a Television Show

  • GLOW
  • Marvel’s Daredevil
  • Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan
  • The Walking Dead
  • Westworld

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