Announced Dec. 12 by Laverne Cox and Awkwafina from the Pacific Design Center in Los Angeles, the nominees for the 2019 Screen Actors Guild Awards represent the year’s best acting, as chosen by actors.
Competing in the best film ensemble race—roughly the SAG Awards’ equivalent to the Academy Award for Best Picture—are Warner Brothers’ “A Star Is Born” (which scored a leading four nods) and “Crazy Rich Asians,” Disney’s “Black Panther,” Focus Features’ “BlacKkKlansman,” and 20th Century Fox’s “Bohemian Rhapsody.” Actors from most of those films also received individual nominations: Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper, John David Washington and Adam Driver, and Rami Malek.
Emily Blunt found herself double-nominated for leading actress in Disney’s “Mary Poppins Returns” and supporting actress in Paramount Pictures’ “A Quiet Place.” In the former, she’ll be competing against Glenn Close for Sony Pictures Classics’ “The Wife,” Gaga for “A Star Is Born,” Olivia Colman for Fox Searchlight’s “The Favourite,” and Melissa McCarthy for Fox Searchlight’s “Can You Ever Forgive Me?” SAG’s supporting actress category includes both Emma Stone and Rachel Weisz of “The Favourite,” Margot Robbie of Focus Features’ “Mary Queen of Scots,” and Amy Adams for Annapurna Pictures’ “Vice.”
Adams and Stone were also two-time nominees this year, recognized their performances in HBO’s “Sharp Objects” and Netflix’s “Maniac,” respectively. Adams is now up for two awards at the Golden Globes, Critics’ Choice, and SAG Awards. In other television races, Netflix’s “Ozark” scored four total nods between drama ensemble and individual stars Jason Bateman, Laura Linney, and Julia Garner. Hulu’s “The Handmaid’s Tale” earned three nods, for Elisabeth Moss, Joseph Fiennes, and its drama ensemble. Also competing in that race are AMC’s “Better Call Saul,” FX’s “The Americans,” and NBC’s “This Is Us.” The latter series’ star Sterling K. Brown, last year’s two-time SAG winner, impressed with three nods this year, including for the ensemble of “Black Panther.”
Amazon Prime Video’s “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” continued its Emmy-winning success with four nods: comedy ensemble, and actors Tony Shalhoub, Rachel Brosnahan, and Alex Borstein. With it in the comedy ensemble race will be FX’s “Atlanta,” HBO’s “Barry” (with both Emmy-winning stars Bill Hader and Henry Winkler also recognized individually), Netflix’s “GLOW” (lead Alison Brie was nominated, as was the show’s ensemble for stunt work), and Netflix’s “The Kominsky Method,” which also nabbed nods for both stars Michael Douglas and Alan Arkin. Netflix led the total SAG nominations tally, with 15.
Honoring the most award-worthy efforts of the big and small screens in the calendar year, the 15 SAG Award categories are the industry’s only accolades given to and voted upon by actors. Megan Mullally will host the 25th annual ceremony, held Jan. 27, 2019, and simulcast live on TNT and TBS from the Los Angeles Shrine Auditorium. As was previously announced, this year’s Life Achievement Award honoree will be Alan Alda. For a full list and more on the SAG Awards, visit their site.
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