The 2023 Screen Actors Guild Awards nominations were revealed on Wednesday morning by Ashley Park (“Emily in Paris”) and Haley Lu Richardson (“The White Lotus”), with “The Banshees of Inisherin” and “Everything Everywhere All at Once” leading the list.
Along with “Shakespeare in Love” (1998), “Chicago” (2002), and “Doubt,” the two comedies share the record for the most nominations in the history of the awards event with five each (2008).
The two comedies, along with Steven Spielberg’s “The Fabelmans,” Damien Chazelle’s “Babylon,” and Sarah Polley’s profoundly uplifting “Women Talking,” is among the movies honored for cast ensemble.
The current season race’s clarity, a crucial omen for the Oscars’ acting categories, came into startling focus.
The dark Irish comedy “Banshees,” from writer and director Martin McDonagh, received nominations in all the usual categories, including four for Colin Farrell, Brendan Gleeson, Barry Keoghan, and Kerry Condon.
The creative multiverse story “Everything Everywhere” by the Daniels brothers garnered praises for Michelle Yeoh and Ke Huy Quan, but with the welcome addition of Jamie Lee Curtis and rising star Stephanie Hsu.
In contrast to the Golden Globes, which divide their awards into categories according on genre, the group accepted a welcome number of first-time nominations in the acting categories.
Along with Farrell, the lead actor cast also includes Austin Butler (“Elvis”), Brendan Fraser (“The Whale”), Bill Nighy (“Living”), and, surprisingly, Adam Sandler (“Hustle”). All of these actors are debutants. It was a significant boost for Sandler’s campaign since he had previously been overlooked despite giving acclaimed performances in “Uncut Gems” and “Punch-Drunk Love” (2002). (2019).
The SAG programme has perfectly mirrored the Academy Awards lineup for the past two years. If so, it would mark the first time since the 1934 cast of three actors—Clark Gable in “It Happened One Night,” Frank Morgan in “The Affairs of Cellini,” and William Powell in “The Thin Man”—that all candidates were first-timers. This statistic may be encouraging for prior candidates and winners who are now in the running, such as Tom Cruise (“Top Gun: Maverick”), Tom Hanks (“A Man Called Otto”), and Hugh Jackman (“The Son”).
The shocking omissions came from “The Fabelmans,” which received nominations for its ensemble cast and supporting actor Paul Dano, but Michelle Williams, the show’s “leading lady,” was passed over in favour of Ana de Armas for her portrayal of Marilyn Monroe in “Blonde” and Danielle Deadwyler for her portrayal of a grieving mother, Mamie Till-Mobley, in “Till.” A setback for Williams, who was vying for her first Oscar after four nominations. The uphill battle without SAG has already begun, notably with recent Globe winners Yeoh and Cate Blanchett (“Tár”).
The Netflix whodunit sequel “Glass Onion,” Maria Schrader’s “She Said,” an account of the journalists who exposed Harvey Weinstein, and Ruben stlund’s “Triangle of Sadness,” an allegory on the wealthy and entitled, were all completely ignored.
With four nominations, Netflix’s final season of “Ozark,” which stars drama ensemble Jason Bateman, Laura Linney, and Julia Garner, took first place in the television category. Julia Garner also received an additional individual nod for her performance in the short-lived series “Inventing Anna.”
Bill Hader and Anthony Carrigan of HBO’s “Barry” and Steve Martin and Martin Short of Hulu’s “Only Murders in the Building” each received double mentions for best male actor in a comedy series.
HBO’s “House of the Dragon” and Amazon Prime Video’s “The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power” were both overlooked for drama ensemble nominations, although both received praise for their stunt work.
The news that the SAG Awards will start airing on Netflix’s YouTube channel this year and move to the streaming service in 2024 gives the awards world hope that there will still be a market for these kinds of shows. The Oscars and numerous other events may hopefully adopt a similar strategy and locate a home with a streaming partner.
On Sunday, February 26, at the Fairmont Century Plaza in Los Angeles, the 29th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards ceremony will take place. This year’s SAG Awards will be shown on Netflix’s YouTube site and live on Netflix starting in 2024 after 25 years of airing on TNT and TBS.