‘Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri’ Leads 24th SAG Award Nominations

Photo Source: “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”: Merrick Morton

The nominees for the 24th annual Screen Actors Guild Awards were announced Dec. 13 by Olivia Munn and Niecy Nash at the Pacific Design Center in Los Angeles, kicking off a new, exciting phase of Hollywood’s awards races. Honoring the most award-worthy efforts of the big and small screens in the calendar year of 2017, the 15 SAG Award categories are the industry’s only accolades given to and voted upon by actors.

Leading the pack of film nominees was Fox Searchlight Pictures’ “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri,” earning, in addition to the coveted Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture honor, individual recognition for leading actress Frances McDormand and supporting actors Sam Rockwell and Woody Harrelson. A24’s “Lady Bird” received nominations for Saoirse Ronan and Laurie Metcalf, as well as the ensemble honor; that category was rounded out by “The Big Sick” (Amazon Studios), “Mudbound” (Netflix), and “Get Out” (Universal Studios).

SAG-nominated film actors have a high probability of going on to earn Academy Award nominations; last year, for example, the leading male and supporting female categories correlated exactly between the two awards, while four supporting male and three leading female performers scored with the Academy. When it comes to SAG’s top ensemble award, the winning film has proceeded to win the Oscar for Best Picture 10 out of 22 times in the category’s history (and the only Oscar Best Picture winner to not receive a SAG ensemble nod was “Braveheart” in 1995, the award’s first year).

This means auspicious news for those 2017 actors nominated both individually and within their ensembles: Daniel Kaluuya of “Get Out,” Holly Hunter of “The Big Sick,” Mary J. Blige of “Mudbound,” as well as Ronan, Metcalf, McDormand, Rockwell, and Harrelson. Of those, only Hunter and Harrelson were left out of the recently announced Golden Globe nominations.

Missing from SAG’s picks were a few of this year’s many contenders, particularly 20th Century Fox’s “The Post,” Steven Spielberg’s star-studded ensemble period drama. Its leads, Tom Hanks and Meryl Streep, wound up on the Golden Globes’ list, as well as with the 2017 National Board of Review Awards. Two other awards season players, “Dunkirk” and “Wonder Woman” from Warner Bros., appeared only in SAG’s category for action performance by a stunt ensemble, alongside 20th Century Fox’s “Logan” and “War for the Planet of the Apes.”

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The TV nominations encompassed a variety of this year’s comedy and drama, both old and new series. Earning ensemble and individual recognition were HBO’s “Big Little Lies” and its stars Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman, Laura Dern, and Alexander Skarsgård; Netflix’s “GLOW” and leads Alison Brie and Marc Maron; and Netflix’s “Stranger Things” with Millie Bobby Brown and David Harbour.

Last year’s SAG comedy winners, Julia Louis-Dreyfus of HBO’s “Veep” and William H. Macy of Showtime’s “Shameless,” are again nominated in their categories. Claire Foy of Netflix’s “The Crown,” who along with her co-star John Lithgow took home a SAG statue last year, will go up against this year’s Emmy winner in the leading drama actress category: Elisabeth Moss of Hulu’s “The Handmaid’s Tale.” NBC’s “This Is Us” and its 2017 Emmy winner Sterling K. Brown are both nominated with SAG, while HBO’s “Game of Thrones” grabbed nominations in drama ensemble and TV stunt categories, plus for star Peter Dinklage—the only actor this year to achieve a whopping three nods (bringing his grand total to 14, with zero wins).

Morgan Freeman will be awarded SAG-AFTRA’s highest distinction, the SAG Life Achievement Award, in recognition of his acting skill and humanitarian work.

The 24th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards will be broadcast live on TNT and TBS on Sunday, Jan. 21, 2018, beginning 5 p.m. PT. For the first time in the awards’ history, the ceremony will have a host in Kristen Bell. For more coverage of the 2018 SAG Awards, click here.

UPDATE: The guild has announced that this year’s SAG Awards ceremony will feature an all-female lineup of presenters.

Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
“The Big Sick”
“Get Out”
“Lady Bird”
“Mudbound”
“Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role
Judi Dench, “Victoria & Abdul”
Sally Hawkins, “The Shape of Water”
Frances McDormand, “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”
Margot Robbie, “I, Tonya”
Saoirse Ronan, “Lady Bird”

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role
Timothee Chalamet, “Call Me by Your Name”
James Franco, “The Disaster Artist”
Daniel Kaluuya, “Get Out”
Gary Oldman, “Darkest Hour”
Denzel Washington, “Roman J. Israel, Esq.”

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role
Mary J. Blige, “Mudbound”
Hong Chau, “Downsizing”
Holly Hunter, “The Big Sick”
Allison Janney, “I, Tonya”
Laurie Metcalf, “Lady Bird”

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role
Steve Carell, “Battle of the Sexes”
Willem Dafoe, “The Florida Project”
Woody Harrelson, “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”
Richard Jenkins, “The Shape of Water”
Sam Rockwell, “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”

Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series
“The Crown”
“Game of Thrones”
“The Handmaid’s Tale”
“Stranger Things”
“This Is Us”

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series
Millie Bobby Brown, “Stranger Things”
Claire Foy, “The Crown”
Laura Linney, “Ozark”
Elisabeth Moss, “The Handmaid’s Tale”
Robin Wright, “House of Cards”

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series
Jason Bateman, “Ozark”
Sterling K. Brown, “This Is Us”
Peter Dinklage, “Game of Thrones”
David Harbour, “Stranger Things”
Bob Odenkirk, “Better Call Saul”

Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series
“Black-ish”
“Curb Your Enthusiasm”
“GLOW”
“Orange Is the New Black”
“Veep”

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series
Uzo Aduba, “Orange Is the New Black”
Alison Brie, “GLOW”
Jane Fonda, “Grace and Frankie”
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, “Veep”
Lily Tomlin, “Grace and Frankie”

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series
Anthony Anderson, “Black-ish”
Aziz Ansari, “Master of None”
Larry David, “Curb Your Enthusiasm”
Sean Hayes, “Will & Grace”
William H. Macy, “Shameless”
Marc Maron, “GLOW”

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries
Laura Dern, “Big Little Lies”
Nicole Kidman, “Big Little Lies”
Jessica Lange, “Feud: Bette & Joan”
Susan Sarandon, “Feud: Bette & Joan”
Reese Witherspoon, “Big Little Lies”

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries
Benedict Cumberbatch, “Sherlock”
Jeff Daniels, “Godless”
Robert De Niro, “Wizard of Lies”
Geoffrey Rush, “Genius”
Alexander Skarsgård, “Big Little Lies”

Outstanding Action Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Comedy or Drama Series
“Game of Thrones”
“GLOW”
“Homeland”
“Stranger Things”
“The Walking Dead”

Outstanding Action Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Motion Picture
“Baby Driver”
“Dunkirk”
“Logan”
“War For The Planet Of The Apes”
“Wonder Woman”

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