StAr is Born nABs four SAG nods

Many hope­fuls pre­dictable, but snubs abound as awards sea­son heats up

Calgary Herald - - FRONT PAGE - JAKE COYLE

NEW YORK A Star Is Born led nom­i­na­tions for the 25th Screen Ac­tors Guild Awards Wednes­day with four nods in­clud­ing best en­sem­ble, firmly es­tab­lish­ing Bradley Cooper’s ro­man­tic re­vival as this year’s Academy Awards front-run­ner.

Awk­wa­fina and Lav­erne Cox an­nounced nom­i­na­tions live from the Pa­cific De­sign Cen­ter in West Hol­ly­wood, Calif. The ac­tors guild — one of the most pre­dic­tive bell­wethers of the Os­cars — threw cold wa­ter on the awards cam­paigns of nu­mer­ous con­tenders while el­e­vat­ing others. But A Star Is Born fared the best of all, land­ing nom­i­na­tions for Cooper ( best male ac­tor), Lady Gaga ( best fe­male ac­tor) and Sam El­liott (best sup­port­ing male ac­tor).

The other nom­i­nees for the group’s top award, best en­sem­ble, were: Black Pan­ther, Bo­hemian Rhap­sody, BlacK­kKlans­man and Crazy Rich Asians.

That cat­e­gory is the most closely watched of the SAG Awards be­cause only once in the past decades has the even­tual Os­cars best pic­ture win­ner not been nom­i­nated for best en­sem­ble at the SAG Awards. The one aber­ra­tion, though, was last year, when Guillermo del Toro’s The Shape of Wa­ter over­came the SAG omis­sion on its way to win­ning best pic­ture.

Un­less a new trend is form­ing, that’s bad news for Os­car hope­fuls in­clud­ing Vice, Adam McKay’s Dick Cheney biopic (which led last week’s Golden Globe nom­i­na­tions); Al­fonso CuarÓn’s Net­flix drama Roma (the over­whelm­ing choice of crit­ics groups); and the 1962 road trip Green Book.

Vice still scored SAG nods for Chris­tian Bale and Amy Adams, just as Green Book won nom­i­na­tions for Viggo Mortensen and Ma­her­shala Ali.

But Roma was shut out en­tirely, as was Damien Chazelle’s Neil Arm­strong drama First Man and Barry Jenk­ins’ Harlem love story If Beale Street Could Talk. Most ex­pected Regina King of Beale Street to be among the sup­port­ing fe­male ac­tor nom­i­nees.

In­stead, Wednes­day’s nom­i­na­tions gave a boost to Bo­hemian Rhap­sody, the Fred­die Mer­cury biopic that has been a hit with au­di­ences but was slammed by crit­ics. Its star, Rami Malek, was also nom­i­nated for best ac­tor.

Yor­gos Lan­thi­mos’ pe­riod romp The Favourite failed to crack best en­sem­ble, but its three leads — Olivia Col­man, Rachel Weisz and Emma Stone — were all nom­i­nated.

Emily Blunt scored two nom­i­na­tions her­self: one for her lead per­for­mance in Mary Pop­pins Re­turns and one for her sup­port­ing role in A Quiet Place.

In tele­vi­sion cat­e­gories, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel and Ozark led with four nom­i­na­tions each. Barry, GLOW, The Hand­maid’s Tale and The Komin­sky Method trailed close be­hind with three nom­i­na­tions each.

The cer­e­mony is Jan. 27. This year’s show will hon­our Alan Alda with the Screen Ac­tors Guild Life Achieve­ment Award.

Bradley Cooper

Chris­tian Bale

Emily Blunt

Lady Gaga

Sam El­liott

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