Tuesday, January 29, 2019

25th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards Winners

Last Sunday the guild had their awards ceremony and after unremarkable not entertaining  "red" carpet -that wasn't red, pretended to be silver but was dirty-gray- with so many not-really-known or popular actors announced not really surprising winners as lost-of-interest came from the moment the guild announced the nominations.  Sigh.

By now we know that SAG nominees were quite different to Oscar nominees, so I'm hoping SAG winners do not reflect much what Oscar winners could be.  As a matter of fact some industry pundits are already talking about Oscar winners and indeed they seem to pretend SAG awards didn't happened this year. Sigh.

Nevertheless here are the winners in *BLUE.

Watched live the nominations only to get quite disappointed by the omissions and the too-many honors to actors that did not perform well.  So, that's why I'm doing post the next day when my head has cooled off.  Seems this year will lean toward what film critics honor than to what the guilds could or will honor.  Still, let's hope that is too-early as SAG is the first of the guilds to announce their nominations.

Believe it or not, the actors guild preferences made A Star is Born to lead the pack with four nominations and Best male and female actors to the leads. Then BlacKkKlansman and The Favourite followed with three nominations each.  Know don't talk much about TV but this year's TV nominations are a lot more exciting than the film ones as well,  they honor shows that I enjoy a lot.

Going back to film remarkable is that several actors earned more than two nominations (because of ensemble) and there are three that earned two and none are from ensemble; to the surprise of many, all are female actors as Amy Adams, Emma Stone and Emily Blunt earn 2 nominations from film (Blunt plus film and TV (Adams and Stone).

What really blew my mind is the group not recognizing Ethan Hawke outstanding performance in a well-directed First Reformed; another actress ignored was several critic's honored, Regina King supporting role in If Beale Street Could Talk.  The list is very long when you consider the many films that were snubbed just to mention a few besides the two above, Boy Erased, On the Basis of Sex, Widows, The Rider, The Hate U Give, Eighth Grade and more.

The SAG awards film nominations are determined by a sizeable nominating committee comprised by approximate 2,500 people drawn from the membership of SAG-AFTRA, the largest union of actors comprised roughly by 160,000 people and yes, is the guild with largest group of AMPAS voters. So, what THR's Scot Feinberg mentioned last year becomes relevant as truly hope this year the record is broken again, he said: "It has been 22 years since a film won the best picture Oscar without being nominated for this SAG award, so one of these five is almost certainly your eventual winner", he's referring to the Cast in a Motion Picture.  Say again because last year Oscar went to The Shape of Water a film that had NO SAG nomination. 

These are the 2019 nominations

Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
Dave Chapelle, Andrew Dice Clay, Bradley Cooper, Sam Elliott, Rafi Gavron, Lady Gaga, and Anthony Ramos in A Star is Born
*Angela Bassett, Chadwick Boseman, Sterling K. Brown, Winston Duke, Martin Freeman, Danai Gurira, Michael B. Jordan, Daniel Kaluuya, Lupita Nyong'o, Andy Serkis, Forest Whitaker, and Letitia Wright in Black Panther
Harry Belafonte, Adam Driver, Topher Grace, Laura Harrier, Corey Hawkins, and John David Washington in BlacKkKlansman
Lucy Boynton, Aidan Gillen, Ben Hardy, Tom Hollander, Gwilym Lee, Allen Leech, Rami Malek, Joe Mazzello, and Mike Myers in Bohemian Rhapsody
Awkwafina, Gemma Chan, Henry Golding, Ken Jeong, Lisa Lu, Harry Shum Jr. Constance Wu, and Michelle Yeoh in Crazy Rich Asians

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role
Emily Blunt in Mary Poppins Returns
*Glenn Close in The Wife
Olivia Colman in The Favourite
Lady Gaga in A Star is Born
Melissa McCarthy in Can You Ever Forgive Me?

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role
Amy Adams in Vice
*Emily Blunt in A Quiet Place
Margot Robbie in Mary Queen of Scots
Emma Stone in The Favourite
Rachel Weisz in The Favourite

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role
Christian Bale in Vice
Bradley Cooper in A Star is Born
*Rami Malek in Bohemian Rhapsody
Viggo Mortensen in Green Book
John David Washington in BlacKkKlansman

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role
*Mahershala Ali in Green Book
Timothee Chalamet in Beautiful Boy
Adam Driver in BlacKkKlansman
Sam Elliott in A Star is Born
Richard E. Grant in Can You Ever Forgive Me?

Outstanding Action Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Motion Picture
Ant-Man and the Wasp
Avengers: Infinity War
The Ballad of Buster Scruggs
*Black Panther
Mission: Impossible - Fallout

The Silver Anniversary SAG awards ceremony will be on January 27th, 2019 with Megan Mullally hosting and will be simulcast live on TNT and TBS. As previously announced, Alan Alda is the recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award.

To check TV and film nominations in the official site go here.

Awkwafina and Laverne Cox announced the nominees at the Pacific Design Center in West Hollywood. Before the announcement JoBeth Williams and Elizabeth McLaughlin announced the stunt ensemble action performance nominees. Check the video.

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