LOS ANGELES — High fashion drama House of Gucci led the nominations on Wednesday for Hollywood’s Screen Actors Guild Awards (SAG), scoring nods for the top prize of best cast and for the performances of stars Lady Gaga and Jared Leto.
The awards, voted on by members of the SAG-AFTRA acting union, are closely watched as indicators of which movies will fare well at the Oscars ceremony in March. Actors form the largest group that will vote for the Academy Awards.
Dark Western The Power of the Dog also received three SAG nominations for actors Benedict Cumberbatch, Kirsten Dunst, and Kodi Smit-McPhee. But it was shut out of the contenders vying for best cast, as was Steven Spielberg’s critically acclaimed remake of musical West Side Story.
The films that will challenge Gucci for best movie cast are Belfast about a family living amid conflict in late 1960s Northern Ireland; deaf community story CODA; King Richard about the father of tennis stars Venus and Serena Williams; and Don’t Look Up, a comedy that is an allegory about climate change.
In Gucci, Ms. Gaga plays Patrizia Reggiani, an ambitious outsider who married into the family only to have her former spouse, played by Adam Driver, killed off. Mr. Leto portrays misunderstood designer Paolo Gucci.
Other film acting nominees included Ben Affleck for his turn as a caring uncle in The Tender Bar, Will Smith for the title role in King Richard, and Nicole Kidman and Javier Bardem for their portrayals of Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz in Being the Ricardos.
West Side Story received one nomination for supporting actress Ariana DeBose.
The SAG Awards are scheduled to be handed out at a live televised ceremony on Feb. 27, one month ahead of the Oscars.
Netflix scored the most SAG movie nominations of any film studio, with seven in total, while HBO and HBO Max topped the television field with 14 nods.
The television nominations included five each for cutthroat corporate family drama Succession and feel-good fish-out-of-water comedy Ted Lasso. South Korean dark drama Squid Game landed four nominations including Best TV Drama Series Cast. — Reuters
Key nominations for the 2022 Screen Actors Guild awards
• BEST MOVIE CAST: Belfast, Coda, Don’t Look Up, House of Gucci, King Richard
• BEST TELEVISION DRAMA SERIES CAST: The Handmaid’s Tale, The Morning Show, Squid Game, Succession, Yellowstone
BEST TELEVISION COMEDY SERIES ENSEMBLE: The Great, Hacks, The Kominsky Method, Only Murders in the Building, Ted Lasso
BEST ACTOR, MOVIE: Javier Bardem, Being the Ricardos; Benedict Cumberbatch, The Power of the Dog; Andrew Garfield, Tick, Tick … Boom!; Will Smith, King Richard; Denzel Washington, The Tragedy of Macbeth
BEST ACTRESS, MOVIE: Jessica Chastain, The Eyes of Tammy Faye; Olivia Colman, The Lost Daughter; Lady Gaga, House of Gucci; Jennifer Hudson, Respect; Nicole Kidman, Being the Ricardos
BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS, MOVIE: Caitriona Balfe, Belfast; Cate Blanchett, Nightmare Alley; Ariana DeBose, West Side Story; Kirsten Dunst, The Power of the Dog; Ruth Negga, Passing
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR, MOVIE: Ben Affleck, The Tender Bar; Bradley Cooper, Licorice Pizza; Troy Kotsur, CODA; Jared Leto, House of Gucci; Kodi Smit-McPhee, The Power of the Dog
BEST ACTRESS, TV DRAMA: Jennifer Aniston, The Morning Show; Jung Ho-Yeon, Squid Game; Elisabeth Moss, The Handmaid’s Tale; Sarah Snook, Succession; Reese Witherspoon, The Morning Show
BEST ACTOR, TV DRAMA: Brian Cox, Succession; Billy Crudup, The Morning Show; Kieran Culkin, Succession; Lee Jung-Jae, Squid Game; Jeremy Strong, Succession
BEST ACTRESS, TV COMEDY: Elle Fanning, The Great; Sandra Oh, The Chair; Jean Smart, Hacks; Juno Temple, Ted Lasso; Hannah Waddingham, Ted Lasso
BEST ACTOR, TV COMEDY: Michael Douglas, The Kominsky Method; Brett Goldstein, Ted Lasso; Steve Martin, Only Murders in the Building; Martin Short, Only Murders in the Building; Jason Sudeikis, Ted Lasso — Reuters