Monday, January 20, 2020

26th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards Winners

Yesterday the largest group of Academy voters announced their winners at a gala in the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles and cinema history was made! 

Parasite won the Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a motion picture award and became the first non-English film to win the category! Yes, this win furthers the possibility of film making a very serious run to become the first non-English-language film to ever win the best picture Oscar.

As has been told, there is no biggest honor than peers recognizing the work of other peers and when actors recognize Parasite actors, when most film critics and industry groups didn't even consider them, is outstanding.  Besides actors performances were truly exceptional and undoubtedly helped the audience to submerge with them into story spiral; so, it's absolutely great that actors recognize other actors acting in a language that is NOT English.

By-the-way the loudest and longest applause came when the cast of Parasite presented their movie even before they went to win.

No surprises in wins for other categories as many are expecting the same actors win the Oscar but let's see if results vary when other non-SAG-members vote.

To check winners, including TV categories, at official site go here.  Winners are in *BLUE.

The 2020 Nominations

Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture

Connie Briton, Allison Janney, Nicole Kidman, John Lithgow, Malcolm McDowell, Kate McKinnon, Margot Robbie, and Charlize Theron

The Irishman
Bobby Carnavale, Robert De Niro, Stephen Graham, Harve Keitel, Al Pacino, Anna Paquin, Joe Pesci, and Ray Romano

Jojo Rabbit
Alfie Allen, Roman Griffin Davis, Scarlett Johansson, Thomasin McKenzie, Stephen Merchant, Sam Rockwell, Taika Waititi, and Rebel Wilson

Once Upon a Time... In Hollywood
Austin Butler, Julia butters, Bruce Dern, Leonardo DiCaprio, Dakota Fanning, Emile Hirsch, Damian Lewis, Mike Moh, Timothy Olyphat, Al Pacino, Luke Perry, Brad Pitt, Margaret Qualley, Margot Robbie

Hyae Jin Chang, Yeo Jeong Cho, Woo Shik Choi, Hyeon Jun Jung, Ziso Jung, Jung Eun Lee, Sun Kyun Lee, Myung Hoon Park, So Dam Park, and Kang Ho Song

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role
Cynthia Erivo in Harriet
Scarlett Johansson in Marriage Story
Lupita Nyong'o in Us
Charlize Theron in Bombshell
*Renée Zellweger in Judy

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role
*Laura Dern in Marriage Story
Scarlett Johansson in Jojo Rabbit
Nicole Kidman in Bombshell
Jennifer Lopez in Hustlers
Margot Robbie in Bombshell

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role
Christian Bale in Ford v Ferrari
Leonardo DiCaprio in Once Upon a Time... In Hollywood
Adam Driver in Marriage Story
Taron Egerton in Rocketman
*Joaquin Phoenix in Joker

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role
Jamie Foxx in Just Mercy
Tom Hanks in A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood
Al Pacino in The Irishman
Joe Pesci in The Irishman
*Brad Pitt in Once Upon a Time... In Hollywood

Outstanding Action Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Motion Picture
*Avengers: Endgame
Ford v Ferrari
The Irishman
Once Upon a Time... In Hollywood

As previously announced, this edition SAG Life Achievement Award for career and humanitarian accomplishment goes to Robert De Niro; it will be presented by Leonardo DiCaprio.  The awards ceremony will be on Sunday, January 19, 2020 at the Shrine Auditorium and will be broadcast by TBS and TNT.

The Red Carpet

I Am An Actor

Yesterday watched live the announcement and believe there were not many unexpected surprises, perhaps the only shocking omission was on the TV side as outstanding Succession got NO nominations, absurd. Sigh.

Nominees for the 2020 SAG awards for outstanding individual, cast and ensemble performances in film and television of 2019, as well as the nominees for outstanding action performances by film and television stunt ensembles, were announced yesterday at the Pacific Design Center's SilverScreen Theater in West Hollywood.SAG-AFTRA President Gabrielle Carteris introduced America Ferrera and Danal Gurira, who announced the nominees for current edition live on TV and major social platforms.  Before that annoucement, JoBeth Williams and Elizabeth McLaughlin announced the nominees for this year's stunt ensemble action performance.

After going in depth noticed Scarlett Johansson got 3 nominations, not 2 as my tweet says; but she gets 2 in individual categories which no other actor does in film or TV.  Nevertheless there are several actors that get 3 nominations considering film and TV,  Margot Robbie, Laura Dern, Nicole Kidman, Olivia Colman, Scarlett Johansson and only one man, Al Pacino.

Among the nominee fun facts we find two parents and their children nominated, Bruce Dern and his daughter Laura Dern; Eugene Levi father of Daniel Levy and Sarah Levy.  Most remarkable is the fact that there are two nominees that portrait the same person: Roger Alies, as John Lithgow in Bombshell and outstanding Russel Crowe in The Loudest Voice (Crowe was the most disgusting character I have seen since ... can't remember, he's so good that his amazing performance made me really sick).  On the serious side, there are two posthumous nominations, Luke Perry and Brian Tarantina.

There is no clear leader among films but definitively the pack leader is Netflix with 7 nominations in film and 13 in TV for a total of 20 SAG nominations.  No other studio nor network comes close to Netflix.  Nevertheless, there are 3 films with 4 nominations each, Bombshell, The Irishman and Once Upon a Time... In Hollywood.

Undoubtedly the most notable fact is that's been 21 years since a foreign-language film first landed a best cast nomination and in this edition the cast of Parasite becomes the second to land a coveted spot for the top prize.  Rarely has an Oscar best picture winner prevailed without landing a SAG ensemble nomination, although last year Oscar winner Green Book did not; also, when Roma did not got a SAG ensemble nomination many considered a a blow to its Oscar chances.  So, it's encouraging that perhaps besides getting a nomination, a foreign-language film could win the top Oscar; but, let's wait to see if Parasite could get SAG top award and then speculate its chances.
To check all nominations, including TV go official site here.


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