The SAG Awards will take place Sunday night in Santa Monica
LOS ANGELES – Hollywood’s awards season will kick into high gear on Sunday with the presentation of the 28th annual Screen Actors Guild Awards – highly coveted by performers because they are awarded by peers, and a traditionally strong barometer of who will win the material on Oscar night.
The two-hour show, starting at 5 p.m., will air simulcast on TNT and TBS from the Barker Hangar in Santa Monica, a site chosen over the awards’ traditional home base, the Shrine Auditorium, for social distancing purposes. .
With COVID-19 numbers trending downward, this year’s show will air live, with celebrities participating in person – unlike last year’s cut-back hour-long show, which was pre-recorded and featured pre-recorded acceptance speeches.
There will be no host – but there will be a red carpet, bringing back a traditional touch of Hollywood glamour, although celebrities will be required to social distance and wear masks except when on camera.
The red carpet pre-show will begin at 2:30 p.m. on the SAG Awards website at sagawards.org. During the pre-show, awards for the best film and television stunt sets will be announced.
The SAG Awards will mark the first major trophy announcements of the 2022 awards season, following the private, non-televised Golden Globes ceremony in January.
With actors making up the largest voting bloc for the Oscars, the SAG Awards are also seen as a bellwether for Oscar night, which takes place on March 27.
As for the nominees for the SAG Awards – honoring work in film and television – ‘Belfast’, ‘CODA’, ‘Don’t Look Up’, ‘House of Gucci’ and ‘King Richard’ are in the running. the best ensemble motion picture cast category, the guild’s rough equivalent of the best picture award of the Oscars.
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“House of Gucci” and “The Power of the Dog” have the most SAG movie nominations with three each.
“Succession” and “Ted Lasso” are nominated for Most Televised SAG Awards with five.
“King Richard” also nabbed Will Smith a Best Actor nod for his performance as the father of Venus and Serena Williams. He will face Denzel Washington for his Shakespearean turn as Macbeth in “The Tragedy of Macbeth”, Andrew Garfield for his portrayal of musical composer Jonathan Larson in “Tick, tick…Boom!”, Benedict Cumberbatch for his turn as a breeder with a hidden past in “The Power of the Dog” and Javier Bardem as Desi Arnaz in “Being the Ricardos.”
Nicole Kidman will be up for Best Actress for her portrayal of Lucille Ball in “Being the Ricardos.” Other nominated performances in this category include Lady Gaga for “House of Gucci”, Olivia Colman for “The Lost Daughter”, Jessica Chastain for “The Eyes of Tammy Faye”, and Jennifer Hudson as Aretha Franklin in ” Respect”.
Supporting film roles that have caught the attention of SAG members include Ben Affleck (“The Tender Bar”), Bradley Cooper (“Licorice Pizza”), Troy Kotsur (“CODA”), Jared Leto (“House of Gucci”) and Kodi. Smit-McPhee (“The Power of the Dog”).
Ruth Negga earned a nomination for her role as a black woman living her life as a white woman in “Passing,” and will be up for the statuette alongside Cate Blanchett (“Nightmare Alley”), Ariana DeBose as Anita in Steven Spielberg’s remake of the classic musical “West Side Story”, Kirsten Dunst in another nomination for “The Power of the Dog” and Caitríona Balfe (“Belfast”).
The SAG Awards also recognize television performances. Netflix, which was able to compete in the film and television categories, earned the most nominations of any studio or network, with a total of 17 awards up for grabs.
But HBO/HBO Max, with its combined cable and streaming platform, came in second with 14 television nominations, topping that particular category. Apple TV Plus won 12 nods in both categories, with Hulu not far behind with eight in TV alone.
That left studios like MGM & United Artists Releasing and Warner Brothers behind with six and four nominations, respectively.
Television shows nominated by the Screen Actors Guild for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series are “The Handmaid’s Tale”, “The Morning Show”, “Squid Game”, “Succession”, and “Yellowstone”.
For comedy series, the nominees for ensemble cast are “Ted Lasso”, “Only Murders in the Building”, “Hacks”, “The Great”, and “The Kominsky Method”.
Michael Douglas (“The Kominsky Method”), Brett Goldstein (“Ted Lasso”), Steve Martin and Martin Short for their roles as amateur detectives in “Only Murders in the Building”. and Jason Sudeikis for his role in Emmy Favorite Movie “Ted Lasso.”
Hannah Waddingham and Juno Temple were also recognized for their comedic talent in “Ted Lasso” and will face fellow nominees Elle Fanning (“The Great”), Sandra Oh (“The Chair”) and Jean Smart (“Hacks”).
Smart was among 25 nominees for the first time. However, she can now boast three SAG nods – for comedic and dramatic roles – the most of any actor or actress recognized this year.
“Succession” also set up an intra-series competition in the drama category, with Brian Cox, Kieran Culkin and Jeremy Strong nominated for their roles in a dysfunctional family of corporate activists.
Other nominees hoping to take home the actor award are Billy Crudup for his portrayal of a network executive on “The Morning Show” and Lee Jung-Jae playing a man just trying to stay alive amid the chaos. from “Squid Game”.
Nominations for Women in Dramatic Roles on Television went to Jennifer Aniston and Reese Witherspoon as co-hosts and sometimes friends on “The Morning Show,” Jung Ho-Yeon (“Squid Game”), Elisabeth Moss ( “The Handmaid’s Tale”) and Sarah Snook (“Succession”).
As the lines blur between film and television, nominations for Performance by an Actor in a TV Movie or Limited Series have gone to Murray Bartlett (“The White Lotus”), Oscar Isaac (“Scenes From a Marriage”), Michael Keaton (“Dopesick”), Ewan McGregor (“Halston”) and Evan Peters (“Mare of Easttown”).
Actresses recognized for their work in a limited series or TV movie include another nod to Smart, this time for a dramatic role in “Mare of Easttown.” Smart will rival that series’ lead, Kate Winslet, who played a detective seeking justice for a murdered young woman. Other nominees in the category include Jennifer Coolidge (“The White Lotus”), Cynthia Erivo (“Genius: Aretha”) and Margaret Qualley (“Maid”).
“Black Widow,” “Dune,” “The Matrix Resurrections,” “No Time to Die,” and “Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings” were nominated for the SAG Award for Stunt Ensemble in a Motion Picture. TV stunt teams for “Cobra Kai,” “The Falcon and the Winter Soldier,” “Loki,” “Mare of Easttown” and “Squid Game” will also be vying for top honors.
The only guaranteed winner will be Helen Mirren, who will receive a lifetime achievement award, presented by Winslet.
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