In the first real look at the likely contenders at this year’s Academy Awards, “House of Gucci” leads the way with three Screen Actors Guild nominations, including best cast and best female actor for Lady Gaga.
The nominees for the 28th annual SAG Awards (airing live on TNT and TBS, Feb. 27 at 8 p.m. ET/5 PT) were announced Wednesday morning on Instagram Live by Rosario Dawson and Vanessa Hudgens. In an already-weird Oscar season because of omicron, the SAGs take on new influence and importance – not just because actors are the largest voting body in the Academy but also because of general disinterest in the recent Golden Globe Awards.
“The Power of the Dog” and “West Side Story” – which both picked up Globe wins for best drama and best musical or comedy, respectively – were shut out of the best cast category (the SAG equivalent of Oscars’ best picture). Instead, “Belfast,” “Don’t Look Up,” “CODA,” “King Richard” and “Gucci” will be competing for the top prize.
The best male actor race includes Will Smith (“King Richard”), Denzel Washington (“The Tragedy of Macbeth”), Benedict Cumberbatch (“The Power of the Dog”), Andrew Garfield (“tick, tick … BOOM!”) and Javier Bardem (“Being the Ricardos”). Up for best female actor are Gaga, Jessica Chastain (“The Eyes of Tammy Faye”), Olivia Colman (“The Lost Daughter”), Nicole Kidman (“Being the Ricardos”) and Jennifer Hudson (“Respect”).
Gaga’s co-star Jared Leto is up for supporting male actor with Kodi Smit-McPhee (“The Power of the Dog”), Ben Affleck (“The Tender Bar”), Bradley Cooper (“Licorice Pizza”) and Troy Kotsur (“CODA”). And Globe winner Ariana DeBose is the lone “West Side” nominee, up for female supporting actor with Caitriona Balfe (“Belfast”), Kirsten Dunst (“The Power of the Dog”), Ruth Negga (“Passing”) and Cate Blanchett (“Nightmare Alley”).
A SAG win is more crucial than ever for studios and stars hoping to better their chances on Oscar night. COVID-19 is continuing to postpone or cancel awards shows, luncheons and events, and SAG Awards are handed out two weeks before final voting begins for the March 27 Oscars ceremony.