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SAG Awards Reward Three Billboards, Lady Bird, Upending Unpredictable Awards Season

SAG Awards Reward Three Billboards, Lady Bird, Upending Unpredictable Awards Season

Just two days after the Golden Globe nominations seemed to buoy awards-season favorites like The Shape of Water, The Post, and Dunkirk, the SAG Awards had a wrench to throw into the whole thing. Rather than show love for some of those more technical movies, they went for true ensemble films and rewarded The Big Sick, Get Out, Lady Bird, Mudbound, and Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, with Best Ensemble nominations.

It has been 22 years since a movie won the Best Picture Oscar without getting at least a nomination for the Best Ensemble SAG Awards, so if you believe in statistics, you can look to those five for your future winner. But with this wild and wacky awards season, anything goes, so don’t count all the awards just yet.

Critically acclaimed movies like Get Out and The Big Sick did well with these voters, who also rewarded Get Out’s lead Daniel Kaluuya with a lead actor nomination, and The Big Sick’s Holly Hunter with a nomination for Best Supporting Actress. But it was Three Billboards that landed an impressive four nominations, including for Frances McDormand and two supporting nods for Woody Harrelson and Sam Rockwell. Lady Bird was in second place with three total nods, one for Saoirse Ronan in lead and Laurie Metcalf in supporting.

It seemed as though the SAG Awards nominations committee did not get to the late-breaking films on time. Daniel Day-Lewis was nowhere to be seen for Phantom Thread, and The Post was completely shut out, including snubs towards Meryl Streep and Tom Hanks, both of which received Globes nods. Their Oscar chances are now imperiled. Meanwhile, other names that people did not expect to show up did, including Steve Carrell for Battle of the Sexes, Hong Chau for Downsizing (both in supporting), and Denzel Washington and Judi Dench in lead categories for Roman J. Israel and Victoria and Abdul. I do not think those four have good chances at Oscar nods, but we shall see.

Right now, it looks like Three Billboards’ to lose, but you really cannot be sure. Don’t forget that Hidden Figures won there last year, and went empty-handed at the Academy Awards.

Full list of nominees follows, let us know your thoughts on these nominees below!

Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture:

“The Big Sick”
“Get Out”
“Lady Bird”
“Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role:

Timothee Chalamet, “Call Me by Your Name”
James Franco, “The Disaster Artist”
Daniel Kaluuya, “Get Out”
Gary Oldman, “Darkest Hour”
Denzel Washington, “Roman J. Israel, Esq.”

Judi Dench, “Victoria & Abdul”
Sally Hawkins, “The Shape of Water”
Frances McDormand, “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”
Margot Robbie, “I, Tonya”
Saoirse Ronan, “Lady Bird”

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role:

Steve Carell, “Battle of the Sexes”
Willem Dafoe, “The Florida Project”
Woody Harrelson,”Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”
Richard Jenkins, “The Shape of Water”
Sam Rockwell, “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role:

Mary J. Blige, “Mudbound”
Hong Chau, “Downsizing”
Holly Hunter, “The Big Sick”
Allison Janney, “I, Tonya”
Laurie Metcalf, “Lady Bird”


About The Author

J. Don Birnam

J. Don Birnam, a voting member of the New York Film Critics Online, has been a movie lover since he saw the first Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles film in theaters at a tender age, and has been a devoted student of American film history every since. His favorite films range from Back to the Future to West Side Story, depending on the time of day, and has a mildly unhealthy obsessions with the Academy Awards. Any similarity with the slightly unstable writer in the seminal 1944 film ‘The Lost Weekend’ is pure coincidence

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