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2020 Screen Actors Guild Awards Nominees Announced

The Screen Actors Guild has officially announced their awards nominees for the 2019/2020 season. If you’re not familiar, the SAG is the largest branch of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences. They’re also the branch that determines which five performances will be nominated for an Academy Award, the industry’s highest recognition. As such, the SAG nominations are often used as points of reference for Oscar predictions.

It’s also worth noting that, while the Oscars focus solely on the art of filmmaking, the SAG awards take into consideration television as well. The same goes for many of the guilds and their yearly separate awards ceremonies. Hopefully that clears up any confusion there might be about the inclusion of the television categories.

As far as the film categories are concerned, Martin Scorsese‘s The Irishman and Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood lead the way with four total nominations a piece. Both films are considered heavy contenders for the final February gold. Bombshell on the other hand also scored four nods despite having lost some momentum in the race. Needless to say, this is a good indicator for the FOX News drama.

Lupita Nyong’o also scored a nomination despite the film she was nominated for, Jordan Peele’s Us, released much earlier in the year. Typically, it’s more difficult for early-year releases to receive recognition come awards season just because there is so much more recent competition for voting bodies to consider later in the year. That said, Lupita gave not one, but two captivating performances in that film. Clearly she made an impression on SAG members.

Probably the biggest question mark popping out to this blogger comes from the stunt category. Typically, recognition in that category goes to the bigger budget action flicks due to the nature of all the stunt work that is involved in making them. And two of the five nominees this year follow that logic: Ford v Ferrari and Avengers: Endgame. What doesn’t make as much sense are the last three: Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, The Irishman and Joker. For the life of me, I just don’t see how those films demanded much stunt choreography, especially enough to draw the attention of SAG. If anybody out there could explain this one to me, I’m all ears.

The 26th annual SAG Awards will air live on TNT and TBS on Sunday, Jan. 19, 2020 at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT. De Niro will receive the Life Achievement Award, presented by Leonardo DiCaprio.

Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture

Bombshell
The Irishman
Jojo Rabbit
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
Parasite

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role

Cynthia Erivo, Harriet
Scarlett Johansson, Marriage Story
Lupita Nyong’o, Us
Charlize Theron, Bombshell
Renée Zellweger, Judy

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role

Christian Bale, Ford v Ferrari
Leonardo DiCaprio, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
Adam Driver, Marriage Story
Taron Egerton, Rocketman
Joaquin Phoenix, Joker

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role

Laura Dern, Marriage Story
Scarlett Johansson, Jojo Rabbit
Nicole Kidman, Bombshell
Jennifer Lopez, Hustlers
Margot Robbie, Bombshell

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role

Jamie Foxx, Just Mercy
Tom Hanks, A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood
Al Pacino, The Irishman
Joe Pesci, The Irishman
Brad Pitt, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

Outstanding Action Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Motion Picture

Avengers: Endgame
Ford v Ferrari
The Irishman
Joker
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series

Big Little Lies
The Crown
Game of Thrones
The Handmaid’s Tale
Stranger Things

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series

Jennifer Aniston, The Morning Show
Helena Bonham Carter, The Crown
Olivia Colman, The Crown
Jodie Comer, Killing Eve
Elisabeth Moss, The Handmaid’s Tale

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series

Sterling K. Brown, This Is Us
Steve Carell, The Morning Show
Billy Crudup, The Morning Show
Peter Dinklage, Game of Thrones
David Harbour, Stranger Things

Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series

Barry
Fleabag
The Kominsky Method
The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
Schitt’s Creek

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series

Christina Applegate, Dead to Me
Alex Borstein, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
Rachel Brosnahan, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
Catherine O’Hara, Schitt’s Creek
Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Fleabag

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series

Alan Arkin, The Kominsky Method
Michael Douglas, The Kominsky Method
Bill Hader, Barry
Andrew Scott, Fleabag
Tony Shahloub, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries

Mahershala Ali, True Detective
Russell Crowe, The Loudest Voice
Jared Harris, Chernobyl
Jharrel Jerome, When They See Us
Sam Rockwell, Fosse/Verdon

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries

Patricia Arquette, The Act
Toni Collette, Unbelievable
Joey King, The Act
Emily Watson, Chernobyl
Michelle Williams, Fosse/Verdon

Outstanding Action Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Comedy or Drama Series

Game of Thrones
GLOW
Stranger Things
The Walking Dead
Watchmen

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