SAG Awards 2022 Nominations Have Been Announced

SAG Awards 2022

The Screen Actors Guild of America have revealed the nominees for the upcoming SAG Awards 2022, the 28th edition that will take place on February 28.

 

Check out the nominations list here, and scroll down for some commentary on what was revealed today:

 

Theatrical Motion Pictures

 

Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture

Belfast
CODA
Don’t Look Up
House of Gucci
King Richard

 

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role

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)

 

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role

Jessica Chastain (The Eyes of Tammy Faye)
Olivia Colman (The Lost Daughter)
Lada Gaga (House of Gucci)
Jennifer Hudson (Respect)
Nicole Kidman (Being the Ricardos)

 

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role

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)

 

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role

Caitriona Balfe (Belfast)
Cate Blanchett (Nightmare Alley)
Ariana DeBose (West Side Story)
Kirsten Dunst (The Power of the Dog)
Ruth Negga (Passing)

 

Outstanding Action Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Motion Picture

Black Widow
Dune
The Matrix Resurrections
No Time to Die
Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings

 

Television

 

Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series

The Handmaid’s Tale
Morning Show
Squid Game
Succession
Yellowstone

 

Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series

The Great
Hacks
The Kominsky Method
Only Murders in the Building
Ted Lasso

 

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series

Brian Cox (Succession)
Billy Crudup (Morning Show)
Kieren Culkin (Succession)
Lee Jung-jae (Squid Game)
Jeremy Strong (Succession)

 

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series

Jennifer Aniston (Morning Show)
Jung Ho-Yeon (Squid Game)
Elisabeth Moss (Handmaid’s Tale)
Sarah Snook (Succession)
Reese Witherspoon (Morning Show)

 

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series

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)

 

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series

Elle Fanning (The Great)
Sandra Oh (The Chair)
Jean Smart (Hackers)
Juno Temple (Ted Lasso)
Hannah Waddingham (Ted Lasso)

 

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Limited Series

Murry Bartlett (The White Lotus)
Oscar Isaac (Scenes From a Marriage)
Michael Keaton (Dopesick)
Ewan McGregor (Halston)
Evan Peters (Mare of Easttown)

 

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Movie or Limited Series

Jennifer Coolidge (The White Lotus)
Cynthia Erivo (Genius: Aretha)
Margaret Qualley (Maid)
Jean Smart (Mare of Easttown)
Kate Winslet (Mare of Easttown)

 

Outstanding Action Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Television Series

Cobra Kai
The Falcon and the Winter Soldier
Loki
Mare of Easttown
Squid Game
Must Read Stories

 

The biggest surprise is probably West Side Story, probably the best-acted film of the year, which was snubbed from Best Ensemble and Best Actress nominations. I even predicted the movie would win the former category, so a nomination was nothing but a given. Spielberg’s latest did land a nomination with Ariana DeBose in the Best Supporting Actress category, thought that wasn’t a surprise — she’s currently a favorite to win the Oscar in that category according to some polls.

 

There is a lot to comment here, however. Starting with the movie categories, there are currently four names that are pretty much locked for the Best Actor category — Will Smith, Denzel Washington, Benedict Cumberbatch, and Andrew Garfield. There is a fifth spot that several polls, including GoldDerby and Variety‘s, are giving to Peter Dinklage for his performance in Cyrano. Interestingly enough, the actors are giving it to Bardem for his performance in Aaron Sorkin’s Being the Ricardos. His co-star in that movie, Nicole Kidman, also landed a nomination in her respective category.

 

And speaking of that category, here’s probably the biggest surprise of the day — Spencer‘s Kristen Stewart has not managed to be nominated for the SAG award, which puts the Oscars frontrunner in a very weak position at the moment. While my personal favorite, Rachel Zegler, did not land a nomination either, it seems like Jennifer Hudson’s performance as Aretha Franklin in Respect gave her the edge over Stewart’s Princess Diana — I am not a fan of Spencer and found Stewart’s performance to be underwhelming, so I’m personally glad to see Hudson instead. This is also notable because, with this inclusion, there are two performers nominated for playing the same role, as Aretha Franklin was the face of the biopic in Respect and the latest season of the Genius anthology series, where she was played by Cynthia Erivo (also nominated in the limited series category).

 

As far as the supporting actor category goes, there are surprisingly no nominees from Belfast, once again flipping over all Oscars polls that put Ciarán Hinds at the forefront of this category. Ben Affleck squeezes in there at the very last minute, and Jared Leto apparently is quite popular among the actors guild, as they nominated him for giving perhaps the most polarizing performance of the year in House of Gucci. The supporting actress category, on their end, is pretty much the list we expected, minus Cate Blanchett, but mostly because Nightmare Alley hasn’t had the biggest awards push. It is not surprising the actors love Blanchett though, and her nomination kind of makes sense. Plus, this is a tight race between DeBose and Dunst, so all the rest are secondary players.

 

As far as television goes, Succession continues to top every awards list (and rightfully so, as it’s probably the best show on television right now), followed closely by Morning Show (another awards darling) and (surprisingly) Squid Game, which made history today for being the first non-English language TV show to be nominated by the Screen Actors Guild of America.

 

Make sure to come back for more coverage of the Oscars race, as we get closer and closer to the actual Academy Award nominations being announced on February 8, 2022.