SAG Awards Noms Movie Analysis: Actors Drop A ‘Bombshell’ In Oscar Race, Which Is Now Officially Wide Open

SAG Awards Noms Movie Analysis: Actors Drop A ‘Bombshell’ In Oscar Race, Which Is Now Officially Wide Open

11 Dec 2019 (PT)
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As the nominations come fast and furious now, the Screen Actors Guild’s SAG Awards along with the American Cinema Editors’ ACE Eddies further clarified the race for Oscar this morning, particularly from a standpoint of having the major guilds weigh in - meaning it is now peer groups rather than critics who are having their say. And the results are telling.

SAG Awards Noms Movie Analysis: Actors Drop A ‘Bombshell’ In Oscar Race, Which Is Now Officially Wide Open

Leading the pack for SAG with four nominations each were The Irishman and  Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, both to be expected considering the way the season has gone so far. But Lionsgate’s Bombshell also had a major showing with four noms and was not expected by pundits to do this well at SAG. With Outstanding Cast in a Motion Picture in addition to individual nominations for Charlize Theron, Nicole Kidman and Margot Robbie, SAG has put the film squarely in the competition just as the film is about to open Friday.

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This is a huge boost for  Bombshell, which so far has failed to reach the top tier of other contenders. However, at the Globes and Critics’ Choice it did score acting nominations, so the love from SAG does seem to fit a trend, but the sheer volume of it is a pleasant surprise and gives much needed momentum to the film which just had its Los Angeles premiere last night. There were a number of Academy members there, and it was interesting to note a few of them told me they were seeing it for the second time, a good sign for Oscar nominations to come I would say.

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The other big news as I see it is the one single nomination for South Korea’s  Parasite, but it was a biggie, for Outstanding Cast. I can’t recall another foreign-language film ever getting this kind of recognition from SAG.  Ever. This remarkable film from director Bong Joon Ho has just shown how mighty it continues to be this season as it also scored an ACE nod today for editing, but the recognition from SAG is huge and may be the surest sign yet that it could be on its way to making history in a very big way in the next couple of months. Not even Roma last year was able to cross this barrier it was shut out in nominations by SAG but went on to two acting nods at the Oscars, and the fact that Parasite did it when such touted contenders like  1917, The Two Popes, Richard Jewell, Little Women and  Pain and Glory were completely AWOL is significant.

The latter Spanish film follows the usual pattern of SAG ignoring Foreign Language films, however the omission of its star Antonio Banderas  in the uber-crowded Lead Actor race has to hurt, as he has been on a roll ever since winning in Cannes in May and this is his first stumble on the way to a first Oscar nomination for the star.  I still think he will prevail and get that nomination but this snub has made it harder for him, and it makes Parasite’s achievement with the actors union all that more impressive.

SAG Awards Noms Movie Analysis: Actors Drop A ‘Bombshell’ In Oscar Race, Which Is Now Officially Wide Open Sony Pictures

The Lead Actor competition is ridiculous with so many contenders  that it was inevitable some of the major names would be left out, and they were.  In addition to Banderas,  Robert De Niro for  The Irishman , Jonathan Pryce for  The Two Popes , and Eddie Murphy in  Dolemite Is My Name were all bypassed hough De Niro is getting the previously announced SAG Life Achievement Award.  That is a bit of a setback for Netflix which has all three of those films in an otherwise big showing for the streamer which still landed a leading seven nominations  including four for  Irishman and three for  Marriage Story , but no Outstanding Cast nod for the latter.

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In Lead Actor  Rocketman’s Taron Egerton  has to be popping the champagne corks today because he was much further down the list of possibilities , deserved as his nomination is,  and now coupled with his Golden Globe nod Monday is moving up the charts, as is Ford v Ferrari’s Christian Bale who similarly scored a double whammy with matching Globe and SAG nods this week. The lack of a SAG nomination, following a Globe snub,  for Adam Sandler’s acclaimed performance in  Uncut Gems has to hurt over at A24.  SAG could have really boosted his Oscar chances but the lethal competition and Egerton’s emergence with voters has clearly put a dent in that trajectory.

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With Joaquin Phoenix’s expected nomination at SAG, plus a mention in the Stunt category , and an ACE nod today, Joker continues to prove its worth too. If anyone had any doubts, those should be erased now.  The other movie that gets added momentum I think is Fox Searchlight’s  Jojo Rabbit which scored nominations not only for supporting actress Scarlett Johansson she is up in lead too for  Marriage Story , but also for its cast so that is a very big deal for the Taika Waititi comedy.

SAG Awards Noms Movie Analysis: Actors Drop A ‘Bombshell’ In Oscar Race, Which Is Now Officially Wide Open Netflix

Overall SAG’s list, with a boost from inclusion at ACE today, keeps the focus on Netflix’s  The Irishman , Sony’s Once Upon A Time In Hollywood, and NEON’s Parasite as certified front runners in the Oscar race now, while  Marriage Story, Jojo Rabbit,  and  Joker are hovering just under that plateau.   Bombshell and  Ford v Ferrari  are coming up on the outside. With no mention at all from either SAG or ACE , but significant love earlier in the week from Golden Globes and Critics Choice Sam Mendes’ WWI epic  1917 is still in the fight too but may be slightly wounded. However the publicity that it was all done in one camera shot probably hurt its chances with the Film Editors, and despite two terrific young actors in the leads it wasn’t expected to have much impact at SAG, so it lives to fight another day and I think will become a significant fact as more guilds weigh in over the next few weeks.  This Oscar race is still wide open.

Source: deadline.com

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SAG Awards Noms Movie Analysis: Actors Drop A ‘Bombshell’ In Oscar Race, Which Is Now Officially Wide Open
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