SNUB: Constance Wu, ‘Crazy Rich Asians’ – ‘Outstanding Performance By A Female Actor, Comedy/Musical’
“Crazy Rich Asians” had a crazy rich year and similar to “Black Panther” we were expecting to see the boundary-breaking films get a lot more love come award season.
So yes both casts were nominated for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture, but we were hoping for a couple of standouts, like Constance Wu for “Crazy Rich Asians” (or similarly Chadwick Boseman or Michael B. Jordan for “Black Panther”) to be celebrated for her amazing work in the film.
SURPRISE: ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ – ‘Outstanding Performance By An Ensemble Cast’
Definitely one of the bigger surprises of the day was “Bohemian Rhapsody” beating out “The Favourite” in the Outstanding Ensemble category. Yes, “The Favourite” cast – Emma Stone, Rachel Weisz and Olivia Colman scored three nominations of their own, but the film is being hailed by critics and audiences alike (especially in terms of the dialogue between the cast) so it’s a surprise that it didn’t make it into this category.
Similarly, the Freddie Mercury pick beat out “Vice” in the Ensemble category, with Amy Adams and Christian Bale scoring solo noms for their performances.
SNUB: ‘If Beale Street Could Talk’
With very positive reviews since the film premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival in September, it’s interesting to see that Barry Jenkins’ “If Beale Street Could Talk” received zero SAG Award nominations. Regina King is currently holding court as the frontrunner to win the Oscar for her supporting role in the film and despite nabbing a couple of Golden Globe nominations (Regina King - Best Actress in a Supporting Role and Barry Jenkins – Best Screenplay) this indie film doesn’t look like it will be the award season darling it was hyped to be.
The film joins the ranks of Damien Chazelle’s “First Man”, Matthew Heineman’s “A Private War”, Paul Schrader’s “First Reformed”, Ari Aster’s “Hereditary” and Boots Riley’s “Sorry To Bother You” as some of 2018’s well received movies that were completely shutout of the SAG Awards nominations.
SURPRISE: John Krasinski – ‘Outstanding Performance By A Male Actor, Drama’
Let’s be clear, as much as we love John Krasinski, we can’t stay quiet about this one. 2018 was a banger year for Krasinski with adorable appearance after adorable red carpet appearance with wife Emily Bunt and oh… a little film called “A Quiet Place”, which he wrote, directed, starred in, championed hiring a deaf actress for – shall we go on?
The 39-year-old also starred in “Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan” on Amazon Prime. Again, don’t get us wrong, we LOVE seeing John as an action star, but the streamed series wasn’t the career defining project that “A Quiet Place” was and for that, we’re surprised to see the Boston native as a part of this group.
Aside from just celebrating “Game of Thrones” star Richard Madden (and his chiseled jawline) being back on TV, it’s interesting to see that the latest and greatest British import “Bodyguard” got no love from the Screen Actors Guild Awards.
So yes, the Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor TV Drama category is stacked, but the Golden Globes found room for Madden alongside Stephan James (more on that later), Billy Porter and Matthew Rhys, who were all left off the SAG Awards’ list for Male Actor, Drama. Instead they opted to celebrate more veteran TV stars: Sterling K. Brown, Joseph Fiennes, John Krasinski and Bob Odenkirk.
SURPRISE: Robin Wright – ‘Outstanding Performance By A Female Actor, Drama’
There is a big difference in this category from the actresses nominated for a Golden Globe with Sandra Oh and Elisabeth Moss being the only consistent nominees. While the Globes nominated Keri Russell (“The Americans”), Julia Roberts (“Homecoming”) and Caitriona Balfe (“Outlander”), the SAG Awards chose to go hard on “Ozark” stars Julia Garner and Laura Linney, who were both nominated and add Robin Wright to the mix.
Wright has been a powerhouse in her role as Claire Underwood on “House of Cards”, but unfortunately (mostly for anyone who watched the final season) this was a soft ending for one of the most terrifying characters on TV. A big surprise, considering the work Wright has done with the role.
Speaking of Stephan James, the actor got no love for his much talked-about work in “If Beale Street Could Talk” and similarly for his new streaming series “Homecoming”, where he stars opposite Julia Roberts, who was similarly left off the list of actresses scoring SAG Awards nods.
Similarly to the Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a TV Series, Drama race, the Screen Actors Guild chose to nominate what feels like more stagnant longstanding shows like “Ozark”, “House of Cards” and “The Handmaid’s Tale” over stars from new series.
SURPRISE: Emma Stone – ‘Outstanding Performance By A Female Actor, TV Movie/Limited Series’
Although Emma Stone picked up a SAG Award nomination for her work in “The Favourite” alongside Rachel Weisz and Olivia Coleman, it was Stone’s work in the Netflix series “Maniac” that surprised us. Re-teaming with her “Superbad” co-star Jonah Hill for the manic series, Stone plays Annie Landsberg, a young woman who is drawn to the late stages of a mysterious pharmaceutical trial where things go awry during her three day drug trial.
The series was steeped in mystery since shots were released from set, but it’s nice to see Stone being celebrated for both of her big projects this year.
SNUB: ‘The Americans’
As one of the best rated shows on television sings its swan song, it also enters award season without a single nomination at the Screen Actors Guild Awards. Both its stars – Keri Russell and Matthew Rhys were honoured with a nomination for a Golden Globe along with a Best Television Series nomination for the show. So what gives?