Actors love The Banshees of Inisherin and Everything Everywhere All At Once.
The two big Oscar contenders (hot off of major wins at the Golden Globes) each scored a record-tying 5 nominations at the 29th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards nominations, matching the mark set three times before by Shakespeare in Love (1998), Chicago (2002), and Doubt (2008).
Shakespeare and Chicago went on to win the top prize for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture (SAG’s Best Picture equivalent) while Doubt lost out Slumdog Millionaire (the eventual Oscar winner).
This is the first time that two films have joined that record-high club in the same year.
With so few categories, both ensembles saw multiple nominations granted to their respective casts.
Along with a Cast nod, Banshees saw its four main actors cited: Colin Farrell for Male Actor in a Leading Role joined Brendan Gleeson, Barry Keoghan, and Kerry Condon who landed as finalists in the Supporting Categories.
Everything Everywhere All At Once also garnered a Cast nomination along with four individual citations: Michelle Yeoh for Female Actor in a Leading Role, Key Huy Quan for Supporting Male, plus Jamie Lee Curtis and Stephanie Hsu for Supporting Female.
Of the surprise snubs, the most notable was Michelle Williams, someone who’s received nominations and awards as Lead Actress for Steven Spielberg‘s The Fabelmans. She was denied here (though still a Fabelmans Cast nominee), but the likely culprit was category confusion.
Universal Studios has been promoting Willams as a Lead Actress, but many members of SAG’s diverse, nationwide labor union were likely unaware of this preference, likely leading to split nominations for Williams between Lead and Supporting categories. This confusion is unlikely to repeat itself with Oscar voters.
(The SAG nominees most likely to find themselves on the losing end of that reality are Blonde‘s Marilyn Monroe, Ana de Armas, and Till‘s Mamie Till-Mobley, Danielle Deadwyler.)
There were also major unexpected absentees from the top Cast prize, namely the stacked ensembles from Glass Onion, Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, and Elvis. Nevertheless, these omissions are unlikely to affect their Best Picture nomination chances one way or the other (Elvis especially, which appears to be an Oscar Nom lock).
SAG Film surprises were led by Adam Sandler, whose worthy turn in Netflix’s basketball scouting drama Hustle made the cut in the Lead Actor category.
Sandler took the spot of the expected nomination for Tom Cruise‘s sequel return in the year’s biggest movie Top Gun: Maverick. It’ll be interesting to see if the Academy’s acting branch agrees with that surprising snub.
Paul Mescal is also a dark horse Oscar contender for his lauded performance in the father/daughter art house indie film Aftersun, despite not being nominated by the Screen Actors Guild.
Women Talking was another major contender with notable oversights. While it did land a Cast nomination, the lauded eight-woman ensemble was shut out from the individual categories.
Similarly, Babylon landed as a Cast finalist despite seeing its individual contenders of Diego Calva, Margot Robbie and Brad Pitt all ignored.
In addition to the nominations, the Screen Actors Guild made a landmark announcement about their awards show. The SAG Awards have become the first major awards telecast to shift from broadcast and cable networks to airing exclusively on a streamer.
In a deal with Netflix, the SAG Awards will transition to the #1 streaming platform in 2024 by airing its 2023 show on Netflix’s YouTube channel. After that one-year stint, the SAG Awards will stream solely on Netflix proper. The specific terms of the deal were not disclosed, defined simply as a multi-year partnership.
The 29th Screen Actors Guild Awards will be awarded live on Netflix’s YouTube channel, Sunday February 26, 2023 at 8pm EST/7pm CST/5pm PST.
SCREEN ACTORS GUILD AWARD NOMINATIONS
Honoring Screen Performances of 2022
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role
– Cate Blanchett, TÁR
– Viola Davis, The Woman King
– Ana de Armas, Blonde
– Danielle Deadwyler, Till
– Michelle Yeoh, Everything Everywhere All At Once
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role
– Austin Butler, Elvis
– Colin Farrell, The Banshees of Inisherin
– Brendan Fraser, The Whale
– Bill Nighy, Living
– Adam Sandler, Hustle
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role
– Angela Bassett, Black Panther: Wakanda Forever
– Hong Chau, The Whale
– Kerry Condon, The Banshees of Inisherin
– Jamie Lee Curtis, Everything Everywhere All At Once
– Stephanie Hsu, Everything Everywhere All At Once
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role
– Paul Dano, The Fabelmans
– Brendan Gleeson, The Banshees of Inisherin
– Barry Keoghan, The Banshees of Inisherin
– Ke Huy Quan, Everything Everywhere All At Once
– Eddie Redmayne, The Good Nurse
56th Life Achievement Recipient
(To see the Televsion nominees, click here.)
Click on links below for other major Critics Group Awards and Guild Nominees that have been announced so far for the 2022 / 23 season:
The 95th Academy Award Nominations
Producers Guild of America Nominees
Directors Guild of America Nominees
Golden Globe Winners
Chicago Film Critics Association
Los Angeles Film Critics Association
American Film Institute Top 10 Films of 2022
National Board of Review
New York Film Critics Circle