Shockingly, 'Nomadland,' Michelle Pfeiffer and 'Mank' were snubbed for Screen Actors Guild nominations
It's another day of snubs.
The Screen Actors Guild Awards nominations, announced Thursday, helped cement this year's Oscar front-runners, with "The Trial of the Chicago 7" having another strong showing after landing five Golden Globes nominations Wednesday. Aaron Sorkin's earnest courtroom drama tied "Minari," "Da 5 Bloods" and "Ma Rainey's Black Bottom" with three nominations apiece. The awards, voted on by a nominating committee of 2,500 actors, will air April 4 as a one-hour special on TNT and TBS (9 ET/6 PT).
As always with SAG, there were plenty of surprises, with Amy Adams ("Hillbilly Elegy") and late-breaking contender Jared Leto ("The Little Things") making the cut. Here's who wasn't so lucky.
Screen Actors Guild Awards:'Trial of the Chicago 7,' 'Da 5 Bloods,' 'Minari,' 'Ma Rainey'
Chloé Zhao's meditative road odyssey has been a best picture front-runner all season long, but hit a minor speed bump in Thursday's nominations. Despite a lead actress nod for four-time SAG winner Frances McDormand, the film was ignored in the outstanding ensemble category, likely because of its cast of mostly non-professional actors. A best cast SAG nod is no longer imperative for future Oscar gold – "Green Book" and "The Shape of Water" both went unnominated in the category – but it certainly helps to have the support of actors, the Academy's largest voting branch.
After surging back into the awards race with a leading six Golden Globe nominations Wednesday, Netflix's "Citizen Kane" origin story took a hit at SAG, with Gary Oldman landing the film's sole nod for best actor. Amanda Seyfried, a leading supporting actress contender all season, was passed over, as was the film's star-studded ensemble, which includes Lily Collins and Charles Dance.
After being shamefully snubbed in Golden Globes nominations, Lindo was once again passed over for his Shakespearean turn as a MAGA hat-wearing Black veteran who returns to Vietnam. Instead, on-the-bubble contender Steven Yeun ("Minari") earned a well-deserved spot in lead actor.
The two-time SAG nominee gives her richest performance in years in absurdist dark comedy "French Exit," playing a penniless socialite who thinks her late husband has been reincarnated as a cat. She garnered a best actress Golden Globes nomination in the less competitive musical/comedy category, but couldn't crack the top five actress ranks at SAG.
The four-time SAG-nominated actress has a small but impactful role in Netflix's "Pieces of a Woman," playing the domineering matriarch of a pregnant woman (Vanessa Kirby) who loses her baby at birth. Burstyn missed out on both Globes and SAG supporting actress nods this week, muddying her path to Oscar recognition.
'Promising Young Woman'
The subversive, candy-colored thriller was a hit with the Globes, scoring four nominations including best drama, director (Emerald Fennell), actress (Carey Mulligan) and screenplay. But the polarizing rape-revenge film proved a tougher sell with SAG, which gave Mulligan a nod but snubbed its pitch-perfect cast, which includes Laverne Cox, Bo Burnham and Alison Brie.
'Judas and the Black Messiah'
"Judas" started screening in earnest only last month, ahead of its world premiere at Sundance Film Festival on Monday. That could help explain the timely historical drama’s egregious snubs in this year’s SAG lineup, save for a best supporting actor nod for Daniel Kaluuya, who plays slain Black Panther chairman Fred Hampton. Kaluuya's co-stars Lakeith Stanfield and Dominique Fishback delivered equally powerful turns worthy of best actor and supporting actress recognition, respectively. The film has a stacked cast of respected actors also including Jesse Plemons and Martin Sheen, but was nowhere to be found in best ensemble.
Another case of a film that may have arrived too late. On paper, Day's role in "The United States vs. Billie Holiday" has everything that actors love: a singer-turned-actress in her first leading role, making a dramatic physical transformation to play a tortured real-life icon. But after showing up in Wednesday's Globes nominations for best drama actress, Day didn't repeat at SAG, edged out by Adams for the critically lambasted "Hillbilly Elegy."
Raci is a critics' favorite for his moving performance as a deafened rehab counselor in Amazon's "Sound of Metal." Despite best actor nominations for his co-star Riz Ahmed in both the Golden Globes and SAG Awards, Raci was curiously left out of both.
On the TV side, SAG was largely unkind to anyone not in “The Crown,” “Ozark” or “Schitt’s Creek.” While we were thrilled to see Michaela Coel included in best limited series actress for her unparalleled work in “I May Destroy You,” “Unorthodox” breakout Haas also deserved a spot in the category for her mesmerizing performance as a young woman fleeing a Hasidic Brooklyn community.