Netflix and A Star is Born Lead the Pack
On Wednesday, December 12, Laverne Cox and Awkwafina took to the podium to announce the 2019 Screen Actors Guild Awards (SAG) nominations. The SAG Awards are voted on by the Screen Actors Guild‐American Federation of Television and Radio Artists and reward outstanding performances in film and television.
SAG nominees are selected by a random group of 2,500 SAG members. Pundits view nominations as reliable precursors to the Academy Awards because of the high overlap between SAG members and Oscar voters. In 2018, the Oscars nominated fifteen SAG nominees. Last year’s SAG Awards winners overlapped with the Oscar winners in all four major acting categories. They were Allison Janney (I, Tonya), Frances McDormand (Three Billboards Outside of Ebbing, Missouri), Sam Rockwell (Three Billboards Outside of Ebbing, Missouri), and Gary Oldman (Darkest Hour).
Regarding nominations, Netflix has run away with the lead in the TV category. The streaming giant sits at the front of the pack with 15 in total. Ozark has 4 nods while Glow and The Kominsky method have 3 apiece. Prime Video follows in second place with 8, mostly due to The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel which has 4. And HBO trails in third with a respectable 6 nominations, helped out by Barry’s 3.
It’s no surprise that A Star is Born leads the movie field with four nominations. The picture has only gained momentum since its late-summer debut. The well-tread remake is the type of mainstream success and critical darling that viewers tune in to see rewarded on awards night.
It’s always great to have an actor nominated for their work in a genre picture, especially horror. So, I’m happy to see Emily Blunt rewarded for he performance in A Quiet Place. I’m also glad that Sam Elliot received a bit of shine for his memorable turn in A Star is Born. Elliot looks like the type of sentimental pic that his peers may reward just as much for his long and respected career. I’m less happy about the cast of Bohemian Rhapsody receiving a nod for Best Ensemble in a Motion Picture. I expect to see that level of mediocrity reward at the Golden Globes, not from people who work in entertainment.
I have two major gripes. First, it’s the film and TV stunt categories. How does an action-heavy series with thrilling and elaborate set pieces like the CW’s Arrow not make the cut? I won’t mention its name, but one show on the list has no business being there. And I know that in the stunt category the award is Mission: Impossible’s to lose, but if there were any justice in the world The Night Comes for Us would at least be in the conversation. Yes, awards are arbitrary, but in today’s dwindling Hollywood economy, smaller movies need the spotlight and potential awards bump.
My second gripe, the TV Comedy categories. For two years in a row, Justina Machado has delivered the best performances on television. One Day at a Time is one of the most hilarious, empathetic, and thoughtful shows on TV and Machado is the engine that drives the show. That she creates such an inspiring heroine through the lens of a half-hour sitcom is an extraordinary feat. Give her all the awards right now.
Here is the full list of nominations:
Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
A Star Is Born
Crazy Rich Asians
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role
Christian Bale, Vice
Bradley Cooper, A Star Is Born
Rami Malek, Bohemian Rhapsody
Viggo Mortensen, Green Book
John David Washington, BlacKkKlansman
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role
Emily Blunt, Mary Poppins Returns
Glenn Close, The Wife
Olivia Colman, The Favourite
Lady Gaga, A Star Is Born
Melissa McCarthy, Can You Ever Forgive Me?
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role
Mahershala Ali, Green Book
Timothee Chalamet, Beautiful Boy
Adam Driver, BlacKkKlansman
Sam Elliott, A Star Is Born
Richard E. Grant, Can You Ever Forgive Me?
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role
Amy Adams, Vice
Emily Blunt, A Quiet Place
Margot Robbie, Mary Queen of Scots
Emma Stone, The Favourite
Rachel Weiss, The Favourite
Outstanding Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Motion Picture
Antman and the Wasp
Avengers: Infinity War
The Ballad of Buster Scruggs
Mission: Impossible – Fallout
Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series
Better Call Saul
The Handmaid’s Tale
This Is Us
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series
Jason Bateman, Ozark
Sterling K. Brown, This Is Us
Joseph Fiennes, The Handmaid’s Tale
John Krasinski, Jack Ryan
Bob Odenkirk, Better Call Saul
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series
Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series
The Kominsky Method
The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Miniseries or Television Movie
Antonio Banderas, Genius: Picasso
Darren Criss, Assassination of Gianni Versace
Hugh Grant, A Very English Scandal
Anthony Hopkins, King Lear
Bill Pullman, The Sinner
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Miniseries or Television Movie
Amy Adams, Sharp Objects
Patricia Arquette, Escape at Dannemora
Patricia Clarkson, Sharp Objects
Penelope Cruz, Assassination of Gianni Versace
Emma Stone, Maniac
Outstanding Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Television Series
The Walking Dead
Catch the 25th annual Screen Actors Guild Awards on Sunday, January 27.