Surprise: Jamie Foxx, ‘Just Mercy’
Snub: ‘Knives Out’
“Knives Out” earned raves from critics for its A-list ensemble and Golden Globe recognition for Ana de Armas and Daniel Craig, but the film came up short at the SAG Awards.
Surprise: Lupita Nyong’o ‘Us’
There’s no doubt Lupita Nyong’o’s performance as dual characters in “Us” has many fans, but horror films aren’t often recognized when it comes time for the awards race. While Nyongo’s inclusion after being shut out of the Golden Globe nominations is a welcome surprise, it shouldn’t be too shocking – Jordan Peele directed Daniel Kaluuya and the “Get Out” ensemble to SAG nominations.
Snub: Sandra Oh, ‘Killing Eve’
Last year’s SAG Award winner for Female Actor In A TV Drama won’t be back to defend her title. Sandra Oh’s award-winning turn in “Killing Eve” failed to get a nod, though co-star Jodie Comer did.
Surprise: Catherine O’Hara, ‘Schitt’s Creek’
All hail Canadian comedy queen Catherine O’Hara! While we’ve been fans of the actress for decades, it was an exciting surprise to see O’Hara earn recognition for her performance as the over-the-top Moira.
Snub: Eddie Murphy, Antonio Banderas, Robert De Niro
The Best Actor race is stacked and with so many men delivering career-best performances, someone was going to be left out. In a year of strong performances, Eddie Murphy for “Dolemite Is My Name”, Antonio Banderas for “Pain And Glory” and Robert De Niro for “The Irishman” are the ones that came up short.
However, De Niro is being recognized for the SAG Lifetime Achievement Award.
Netflix’s investigative crime series “Unbelievable” packed a punch with a trio of top-notch performances from Merritt Wever, Kaitlyn Dever and Toni Collette. Based on the true story of a young woman who reports then recants a rape and the female detectives who follow the clues to the truth, the oft-heartbreaking “Unbelievable” sits on Rotten Tomatoes with a 97 per cent Fresh rating. Though Collette earned an individual nomination, the series failed to earn recognition from the actors guild despite having one of the best ensembles of the year.
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The Korean-language thriller “Parasite” has been getting plenty of love since its Cannes debut where it won the Palme d’Or, but landing in the Best Ensemble category is a surprise for the cast, which includes Bong Joon Ho veteran Song Kang-ho, Choi Woo-sik and Park So-dam. “Parasite” is only the second foreign language film to score an ensemble nomination. The last time a completely non-English film was nominated was in 1998 for the Italian drama “Life Is Beautiful”.
Snub: Billy Porter, ‘Pose’
Emmy Award winner Billy Porter came up short for a SAG nom. The star of FX’s ballroom-culture drama has yet to be recognized by the organization but was nominated for a Golden Globe for her performance.
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Awkwafina surprised everyone by delivering a powerful and emotional performance in the dramedy “The Farewell”. So far removed from her previous acting roles and comedic persona, Awkwafina showed true depth and heartbreak as a Chinese-American daughter struggling to balance her American upbringing with her family’s traditional roots in the face of illness.
Surprise: Billy Crudup And Steve Carell, ‘The Morning Show’
AppleTV+’s “The Morning Show” doesn’t have strong reviews and thus far, stars Reese Witherspoon and Jennifer Aniston seem to be getting most of the attention. One of the actors landing a nod would have been a surprise, but both Billy Crudup and Steve Carell facing off against one another in the Supporting Actor In A Drama category makes it an even bigger shocker. While Aniston received a nomination, Witherspoon was left out.
Snub: ‘Little Women’
Despite overwhelming praise and a lot of buzz, “Little Women” was snubbed in every single SAG category. While none of the stars, including Saoirse Ronan, Meryl Streep, and Laura Dern, were recognized individually, the film’s female-driven cast seemed like a shoo-in for the Best Ensemble award.
It’s not a surprise to see “Bombshell” earn nominations but it is surprising to see exactly how much love the movie and its cast are getting. “Bombshell” leads the film nominations with four nods, along with “The Irishman” and “Once Upon A Time In Hollywood”.
Snub: ‘Succession’, ‘Watchmen’, ‘Euphoria’
While everyone can’t stop talking about this trio of HBO shows, it seems actors aren’t paying attention. All three shows failed to get any recognition for either their ensembles or for cast standouts like Zendaya in “Euphoria” or Regina King in “Watchmen”.