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Screen Actors Guild Nominations 2017

By Nathaniel R

Another day, another set of honors to parse. The nominations were announced by Olivia Munn and Niecy Nash this morning. Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri and Big Little Lies led the honors with 4 nominations each. Generally speaking the SAG lineups indicate you have a great shot at also becoming an Oscar nominee, if not a locked shot, so the nominees this morning have a lot to be excited about. SAGs nominations for TV are less relevant in terms of awards prospects since they don't divvy up the categories in quite the same way as the Emmys, nor is their timetable the same. 

The nominee list and commentary follows...


Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role:

Timothee Chalamet, “Call Me by Your Name”
James Franco, “The Disaster Artist”
Daniel Kaluuya, “Get Out”
Gary Oldman, “Darkest Hour”
Denzel Washington, “Roman J. Israel, Esq.”

Time to rethink the Best Actor predictions though I firmly do not believe or expect that this exact lineup will transfer to Oscar. Waiting in the wings to surprise on nomination morning? I still believe either Tom Hanks in The Post or Jake Gyllenhaal in Stronger could knock one of these men out.

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role:

Judi Dench, “Victoria & Abdul”
Sally Hawkins, “The Shape of Water”
Frances McDormand, “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”
Margot Robbie, “I, Tonya”
Saoirse Ronan, “Lady Bird”

In something of a shocker given Streep's usual ease at winning nomination she's absent from Best Actress here (and SAG definitely saw The Post. The movie was carting out the big names for those screenings). As we've long suspected Judi Dench is still a formidable threat for an Oscar nod for reprising a role that many thought she might win for the first time (Her Majesty Mrs Brown in 1997). Will the two default contenders cancel each other out? And if so does a feisty dark horse like Annette Bening or Jessica Chastain slip in. Or will Dench and Streep both make it displaying one of the other four here? SOUND OFF.

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role:

Steve Carell, “Battle of the Sexes”
Willem Dafoe, “The Florida Project”
Woody Harrelson,”Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”
Richard Jenkins, “The Shape of Water”
Sam Rockwell, “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”

In perhaps the most surprising category, it was Three Billboards and not Call Me By Your Name that scored a double Supporting Actor nod. Carell's Battle of the Sexes part is the real surprise here but it is comic and scenery chewing and SAG likes that even more than Oscar does. Since this list is markedly different than the Globes what happens with Oscar? We'll have to update all these charts

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role:

Mary J. Blige, “Mudbound”
Hong Chau, “Downsizing”
Holly Hunter, “The Big Sick”
Allison Janney, “I, Tonya”
Laurie Metcalf, “Lady Bird”

Hong Chau has come up from behind in the precursors despite apparently dwindling support for her film. That's quite a feat for a non-celebrity actor. She's terrific in Downsizing so it's a fun turn of events. But it apparently came at the expense of Tiffany Haddish for Girl's Trip who also missed the Globe nomination or Octavia Spencer who missed here for The Shape of Water but was Globe nominated. If they both show up on Oscar nomination morning one of the usual suspects will have to fall away. Supporting Actress is getting crazy crowded, isn't it!?

Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture:

“The Big Sick”
“Get Out”
“Lady Bird”
“Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”

The shocker is the lack of a nod for The Post (though I'm personally okay with it since it's not a particularly ravishing display of ensemble potency -- the way say Get Out or Lady Bird are here -- but rather just a huge collection of stars doing good work together. That said, SAG usually cares more about those "big collection of stars" movies and considers those "Outstanding Performances by a Cast" so it is perplexing. What happened?


Outstanding Action Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Motion Picture:

“Baby Driver”
“War For The Planet Of The Apes”
“Wonder Woman”

Good nominees, don't you think? Though obviously Atomic Blonde shoulda won one of these spots


Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries:

Benedict Cumberbatch, “Sherlock”
Jeff Daniels, “Godless”
Robert De Niro, “The Wizard of Lies”
Geoffrey Rush, “Genius”
Alexander Skarsgard, “Big Little Lies”

SAG doesn't differentiate lead from support for their TV prizes so this is a huge get for Skarsgard

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries:

Nicole Kidman, “Big Little Lies”
Jessica Lange, “Feud: Bette & Joan”
Susan Sarandon, “Feud: Bette & Joan”
Reese Witherspoon, “Big Little Lies”
Laura Dern, “Big Little Lies”

Trivia question for those more invested in TV Awards than I: has one category at SAG ever been devoted to only two projects before? 

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series:

rJason Bateman, “Ozark”
Sterling K. Brown, “This Is Us”
Peter Dinklage, “Game of Thrones”
David Harbour, “Stranger Things”
Bob Odenkirk, “Better Call Saul”

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series:

Millie Bobby Brown, “Stranger Things”
Claire Foy, “The Crown”
Elisabeth Moss, “The Handmaid’s Tale”
Robin Wright, “House of Cards”
Laura Linney, “Ozark”

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series:

Anthony Anderson, “Black-ish”
Aziz Ansari, “Master of None”
Larry David, “Curb Your Enthusiasm”
Sean Hayes, “Will & Grace”
William H. Macy, “Shameless”
Marc Maron, “GLOW”

YES. at this GLOW nomination for Maron. He's superb on that show but I figured it would be too muted a form of comedy for awards. 

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series:

Uzo Aduba, “Orange Is the New Black”
Alison Brie, “GLOW”
Jane Fonda, “Grace and Frankie”
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, “Veep”
Lily Tomlin, “Grace and Frankie”

 Seriously what is with their Uzo Aduba obsession? She's in one of the richest casts TV has ever assembled and she's the only one from it that's ever so honored despite not even being the best performance on the show. Justice for Danielle Brooks who has been running circles around Aduba for at least a couple of the show's seasons.

Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series:

“The Crown”
“Game of Thrones”
“The Handmaid’s Tale”
“Stranger Things”
“This Is Us”

Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series:

“Curb Your Enthusiasm”
“Orange is the New Black”

Outstanding Action Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Comedy or Drama Series:
“Game of Thrones”
“Stranger Things”
“The Walking Dead”


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Eita nóis

December 13, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterJão

No guts, no glory - Judi Dench, Woody Harrelson and Julia Roberts.

December 13, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterAndrew Carden

Only three things are sure in life: death, taxes and Jessica Chastain getting a Best Actress nomination

December 13, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterBen

Ben, except at the Oscars, which is a crime. She's so overdue. I hope this is the year.

December 13, 2017 | Unregistered Commenterbrookesboy

NGNG Ensemble:

All the Money in the World
Call me by your name
Get Out
The Shape of Water

December 13, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterJesus Alonso

Murder on the Orient Express, ensemble
Michelle Pfeiffer, supporting actress
Jake Gylenhaal, actor
Carla Cugino, tv mini actress

December 13, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterMorgan.

Daniela Vega, actress
Andy Serkis, actor
Julia Roberts, supporting actress

December 13, 2017 | Unregistered Commenterbonobo

A couple of NGNG thoughts:

I, TONYA for ensemble because as we like to say, SAG actors often tend to vote for the films they *wish* they were in.

Hugh Jackman and/or Patrick Stewart for LOGAN because they vote so early which is why we often get the Emily Blunts and Sarah Silvermans of the world being nominated.

December 13, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterGlenn Dunks

Wow, a big squadoosh for The Post. Probably the most surprising

December 13, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterBen

No Kyle Maclachlan in the TV Miniseries/Movie Actor shortlist? I call bull shit! :)

I was really surprised at the lack of love for Twin Peaks at the Globes and will be thrown if there's no mention for its cast at SAG. Of course Kyle did get the nom at the Globes, and Laura Dern in BLL is clearly the more accessible choice, but I remain bummed. Laura's Diane was everything.

I guess we'll see come Emmy noms 2018...

December 13, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterDavid S.

Guess not enough people saw The Post?

These nominations are a mess.

December 13, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterMarc

I strongly suspect THE POST didn't screen in time (or have screeners out there in time). Remember, SAG are *early* voters. Even earlier than bodies that have already announced, if I remember correctly.

December 13, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterGlenn Dunks

Woody Harrellson! whoa

December 13, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterME

Thrilled for Lady Bird (which everyone doubted would show up in the Ensemble category even though it is completely deserving) and Franco.

December 13, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterSuzanne

Say what?

Actor: No Hanks,Gyllenhall or Day-Lewis. Instead: Washington, Franco and Kaluuya
Actress: No Streep. Instead: Dench.
Supporting Actor: No Hammer or Stuhlbarg. Instead: Carrell and Harrelson.
Supporting Actress: No Spencer. Instead Instead Chau.

Cursiously enough, all five spots for Best Actress in a Miniseries were taken by the three protagonists of Big Little Lies and the two actresses from Feud. I wonder if that has ever happened before.

December 13, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterMarcos

So The Post and Phantom Thread were not seen? I am surprised Day-Lewis didn't get in for PT if they did see it. Hard to believe The Post didn't get any nominations out of all the possibilities.

The Big Sick is a surprise to me.

December 13, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterArlo

First thoughts: I'm v glad Chalamet and Kaluuya both got included. Sorry that neither Hammer nor Stuhlbarg did. Pleased about Holly Hunter and about Lady Bird (esp. in ensemble). Is Mudbound gaining ground in the race?

December 13, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterEdward L.

Lucas Hedges has four SAG nominations in two years. Nothing to be ashamed of

December 13, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterBen

That awkward moment when you see Margot Robbie ("I, TONYA") and Judi Dench ("VICTORIA AND ABDUL") and you scream: "WHERE ARE CHASTAIN AND MERYL?!!!"
And then you see Washington ("ROMAN ISRAEL, ESQ.") and Kaluuya ("GET OUT") and you scream: "WHERE ARE GYLLENHAAL AND DANIEL DAY-LEWIS?"
And finally you just ask yourself why the f**k is Steve Carell nominated for Best Supporting Actor for "BATTLE OF THE SEXES" when there are so many supporting male performances this year and Stone missed a Best Leading Actress nod.
End of the story

December 13, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterEd

So are Get Out and Lady Bird the Oscar frontrunners...?

December 13, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterSteve

Steve Carrell was the category fraud I did not see coming.

December 13, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterCash

I don’t understand how SAG nominates Steve Carell and *not* Emma Stone. That stinks.

December 13, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterMareko

It's a very competitive year if Denzel Washington is the WTF nominee.Call Me By Your Name is my favorite film of the year so far, but I think its weakness (the age difference between Elio and Oliver) is making folks uncomfortable even more so this year. This discomfort may spare Chalamet but it will probably cost it some nominations.

December 13, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterRaul Borja

@Marcos: I remember in '04 (?) when Miniseries Actress were only from Angels in America and The Roman Spring of Mrs. Stone

December 13, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterChristian






December 13, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterHosanna!


December 13, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterHosanna!

Except for Allison Brie, I'm pissed about the female noms in TV Comedy. I love Jane and Lily--they are legends--but to be honest, other ladies in comedy right now (Pamela Adlon, Issa Rae, Michaela Coel, Rachel Bloom, etc., etc.,) are KILLING it AND they are writing and producing their own stuff. Plus, I'm still angry that Amy Poehler never won for Parks and Rec.

And Uzo and Julia again? Lazy.

I also think Millie is the new Uzo for all that is Stranger Things, cuz those boys (Wolfhard and Schnapp in particular) are pretty damn good too, maybe even better. Glad to see they all got an Ensemble nod.

December 13, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterPam

Also at the GG Salma Hayek was conpeting in Drama category according to reports. So it's not "surprise" the Steve Carell supporting placement. Lol

I'm not surprised for DDL snub (They don't like PTA a lot and their taste is too basic) but lol to The Post snubs. Chau is still on risk but she can say to be closer of the nom. Haddish can blame the disastrous Universal campaign.

Also, no only Gyllenhaal is dead on the race (There's no way he can make it now) also Stuhlbarg (Terrible but I guess CMBYN can be another Carol)

December 13, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterLeon

Both of LADY BIRD's paramours (Chalamet and Hedges) are double nominated this morning. Hella tight.

December 13, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterRyan T.

How is "Atomic Blonde" not one of the Best Stunt Ensembles of the year?
Seriously, what more would you have to do to be appreciated?

December 13, 2017 | Unregistered Commenteradri

Does SAG snub Streep or did screeners not reach the voting body on time? I am thinking the latter. A lot of early realeases here that have sort have already lost their heat? No The Post at all? All the ends do the world? phantom Thread? molly’s game? What an interesting SAG awards show his will be rewarding all the old movies while the new ones are out in theatres making noise and having just be awarded at the Globes. Has the SAG awards proven their irrelevancy this year?
Oscar predictions will be a mess this year because there is no way that these are anything close to he final Oscar nominations.
Now I also believe that if anyone can survive a SAG snub, it will be The Post and Meryl.

December 13, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterJamie

Best surprises: The Big Sick ensemble, Woody for 3 Billboards, Jane for G&F, NO Meryl

December 13, 2017 | Unregistered Commenterbrookesboy

Ryan T. - Great for the men of Lady Bird. They are so good in both their movies this year. But it has me wondering, how did Lucas not manage to work his way into any supporting actor conversations? He was one the MVPs (and most sympathetic characters) in Lady Bird, is a recent Oscar nominee, AND has a biggish role in another movie with Best Picture heat.

December 13, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterSteve

I also would be shocked if the Oscars snubbed Spielberg, Streep, Hanks, etc. it would be like Hollywood saying we don’t care about free speech or cinema icons. I am also surprised SAG did not nominate DDL for his last role. Harsh

December 13, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterJono

Still think Oscar looks like this:





December 13, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterMatt

Steve : thought Hedges was fantastic in Lady Bird as well. The scene where he breaks down to Ronan was just perfect.

December 13, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterMichael R

Denzel isn't a WTF nominee at all. SAG is actually about the performances, and Denzel straight up bodies his performance. It's one of the best and least mannered portrayals of Austism at all. He deserves the nomination. He may even deserve the win, but ithat won't happen.

I can actually tell that most of the people online whining about Denzel haven't actually seen Roman J Israel, Esq. They just know that it got 50% on Rotten Tomatoes, didn't do well at the box office and started acting like sheep/lemming by taking him out of their predictions. He may be messing up your predictions because his movie hasn't got great or box office, but he's still giving an acting masterclass. Dan Gilroy may have had a sophmore slump, but the guy can at least get incredible performances out of his leading men (though Jake and Denzel are great actors to begin with, so maybe Gilroy just casts well).

December 13, 2017 | Unregistered Commenterkoni

I predicted Harrelson and Washington, but I changed Dench at the last minute thinking I was crazy not predicting Sally Hawkins. Little did I know they’d leave off Streep, of all people.

Nice to see The Big Sick rebound a bit, particularly after it’s no-show at the Globes. That ensemble category was Uber competitive.

I expect The Post and Phantom Thread were not widely seen amongst voting members. I firmly expect Streep and Day-Lewis to show up on Oscar morning. I have no idea what’s happening in supporting actor - that category is a mess, and I never thought that both Call Me actors would be snubbed. SAG is so populist, was Call Me By Your Name just too art-house and European for them? I hope it’s more appreciated by AMPAS.

I’m still not convinced Blige or Hunter are in with Oscar. Metcalf, Janney, and Chau seem set, but I still see Spencer getting in and maybe a last minute surprise like Lesley Manville.

December 13, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterAaron

This the most depressing period of every year awards season: the end of critics awards and the arrive of Globes and guilds nominees. God blesses Bafta

December 13, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterPaolo

Clearly THE POST just didn't screen in time, yeah? And obviously, ALL THE MONEY IN THE WORLD probably wasn't even wrapped by the time they'd voted. I still feel pretty confidant that Meryl Streep and Daniel Day-Lewis will replace Judi Dench and Denzel Washington come time for Oscar nominations.

CALL ME BY YOUR NAME clearly did screen, which makes the omissions of Hammer and Stuhlbarg all the more surprising.

That said, I'm thrilled to see Steve Carell show up here. I thought his performance in BATTLE OF THE SEXES was one of the best I'd seen from him in years.

Hong Chau persisting over Octavia Spencer and Tiffany Haddish is surprising to me, but I'm happy to see Holly Hunter get a leg back up.

I love that all five Ensemble nominees are true ensemble-based films (although admittedly there are more ensemble films than solo/duo/trio films in the mix for Best Picture this year).

December 13, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterAlex


1. Frances McDormand, Three Billboards
2. Margot Robbie, I, Tonya
3. Saorise Ronan, Lady Bird
4. Sally Hawkins, The Shape of Water
5. Meryl Streep, The Post
6. Judi Dench, Victoria & Abdul

Supporting Actress:

1. Laurie Metcalf, Lady Bird (lock)
2. Allison Janney, I, Tonya (Neither would be a surprise win, but I'm leaning on Metcalf now) (lock)
3. Mary J. Blige, Mudbound (probable)
4. Holly Hunter, The Big Sick (possible)
5. Tiffany Haddish, Girls Trip (possible)
6. Octavia Spencer, The Shape of Water (possible)
7. Hong Chau, Downsizing (but the movie...?)


1. Timothee Chalamet, Call Me By Your Name
2. James Franco, The Disaster Artist
3. Gary Oldman, Darkest Hour (Any of these three wouldn't be TOO surprising a win right now, though each for different reasons. This one would be the most "business as usual" win, but critics groups aren't singling him out this year, so...I doubt the win, y'know?)
4. Daniel Kaaluya, Get Out
5. Tom Hanks, The Post (Three consecutive misses, after Captain Phillips and Bridge of Spies, for strong looking dramatic work is the stuff of farce. If it outgrosses Roman J. Israel, which it almost certainly will, he's in.)
6. Denzel Washington, Roman J. Israel Esq. (Yeah, I'd bet this is a last gasp moment for Denzel in this, but I wouldn't say it's "impossible.")
(Everyone else: Be happy with your Globe nods, if you got them.)

Supporting Actor:

1. Willem Dafoe, The Florida Project (lock)
2. Sam Rockwell, Three Billboards (lock)
3. Richard Jenkins, The Shape of Water (probable)
4. Woody Harrelson, Three Billboards (likely)
5. Armie Hammer, Call Me By Your Name (maybe)
6. Michael Stuhlbarg, Call Me By Your Name (if not Mr. Baking Soda...)
7. Steve Carell, Battle of the Sexes (not impossible...?)
8. Christopher Plummer, All the Money in the World (not impossible...?)

December 13, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterVolvagia

I wouldn't say that Gyllenhaal is out of it, but I still think Day-Lewis is much more likely to displace someone from this Best Actor lineup than either him or Hanks.

December 13, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterJosh R

The continued love for Lady Bird makes me incredibly happy. Gerwig truly assembled a magnificent cast.

However ... I continue to be perplexed by the groundswell of support for Three Billboards, a film that truly couldn't decide whether it wanted to be Kill Bill or a Hallmark Channel redemption story.

Does Frances McDormand deserve a nomination for her work in it? Yes, she is fantastic as always. Does the film deserve any other sort of recognition outside of Best Actress? Absolutely not.

December 13, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterEric

The Post omissions feel less like a snub, more like it didn’t screen in time. And to all those who complain about SAG’s “early” deadline for nominations, why should the organization bend over backwards to accommodate filmmakers like Steven Spielberg who routinely wait till the very last minute to release their films? Consider the whole calendar year, as they should.

December 13, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterMareko

I still cannot see the love for Mary J. Blige!!!!

December 13, 2017 | Unregistered Commentergrrr

I agree Josh R.

SAG is a bit vanilla, and the Academy is a bit more edgy in their choices. And they’re much more receptive to Paul Thomas Anderson’s work than other awards bodies. Remember when Amy Adams and Joaquin Phoenix missed at SAG but were not forgotten at Oscar? I expect the same to happen with Day-Lewis.

December 13, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterAaron

Uhh Eric , Sam Rockwell and his incredible performance say hi

December 13, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterRami

This Best Supporting Actress lineup clarifies the race more than it obscures it.

Metcalf and Janney are locks. Blige looks like a sure thing. Hunter (who was never really "out" despite the Globe snub) is in—a safe bet. Chau has sufficient support to take the fifth spot.

Chatter about Haddish's performance isn't going to die down. But it seems less likely that her nomination would come at the expense of any of those five ladies.

December 13, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterHayden

Denzel has yet to be SAG nominated for a lead performance for which he also hasn't been Oscar nominated, and he's only missed an Academy nod for one performance for which he also received a Golden Globe nod (American Gangster). Things could change, but based on that history it would be foolish to count him out for Roman J. Israel, Esq. just yet.

Is "No More Drama" MJB on her way to an Oscar nom as an actress? That seems surreal.

December 13, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterTroy H.

As much as I want her to be I think Blige will be a surprise omission at the Oscars. The Netflix factor + Academy’s resistance to nominate famous singers turned actors will be at play.

December 13, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterRami

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