Kristin Bell
Kristin Bell. Photo: SAG

Frances McDormand, Gary Oldman, Allison Janney and Sam Rockwell will look to pad their Oscar credentials Sunday evening at the 24th annual Screen Actors Guild Awards, as they look to repeat what has become a wave of awards-season success.

McDormand and Oldman have already collected Golden Globe and Critics’ Choice Awards — McDormand for her turn as the mother of a murdered daughter in “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” and Oldman for his portrayal of British wartime Prime Minster Winston Churchill in “Darkest Hour.”

Janney and Rockwell have also been sweeping the major awards shows for their supporting work, with Janney honored for her role as figure skater Tonya Harding’s mother in “I, Tonya” and Rockwell for his work as a sheriff’s deputy in “Three Billboards.”

“Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” has a leading four nominations heading into the Shrine Auditorium ceremony. “Lady Bird,” the story of a teenage girl trying to escape what she sees as a dull life in Sacramento, has three nods. “Three Billboards” and  “Lady Bird” each have a Golden Globe win, for best drama and best comedy/musical film, respectively.

The casts of “Three Billboards” and “Lady Bird” are both nominated for outstanding performance by a cast in a motion picture — the SAG Awards equivalent of a best-picture award — along with the ensembles from “The Big Sick,” “Get Out” and “Mudbound.”

Competing with McDormand for best actress are Judi Dench (“Victoria & Abdul”), Saoirse Ronan (“Lady Bird”) and first-time nominees Sally Hawkins (“The Shape of Water”) and Margot Robbie (“I, Tonya”).

Nominated along with Oldman in the best-actor category are Timothee Chalamet (“Call Me By Your Name”), James Franco (“The Disaster Artist”), first-time nominee Daniel Kaluuya (“Get Out”) and Denzel Washington as “Roman J. Israel, Esq.”

It was unclear whether Franco would attend the awards ceremony, in light of recent allegations by five women of sexual misconduct. But recent media reports said he still planned to attend.

The SAG Awards ceremony will make a statement in support of women in light of the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements against sexual harassment and calling for gender equality in the entertainment industry.

All of the awards presenters at the ceremony will be women. The ceremony will also have a host for the first time in SAG Awards history — actress Kristen Bell.

In the supporting-actor category, Rockwell will compete with his “Three Billboards” castmate, Woody Harrelson, along with Steve Carell for his role as tennis chauvinist Bobby Riggs in “Battle of The Sexes,” Willem Dafoe for “The Florida Project” and Richard Jenkins for “The Shape of Water.”

Janney will be challenged by first-time nominee Mary J. Blige, who is nominated for her supporting role as a farmer’s wife in the sharecropper drama “Mudbound”; Hong Chau for “Downsizing,” Holly Hunter for “The Big Sick” and Laurie Metcalf as the bracingly candid mother of a quirky teenager in “Lady Bird.”

On the television side of the awards, the comedies “Black-ish,” “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” “GLOW,” “Orange Is the New Black” and “Veep” are nominated for outstanding performance by an ensemble in a comedy series.

Drama ensemble nominees are the casts of “The Crown,” “Game of Thrones,” “The Handmaid’s Tale,” “Stranger Things” and “This Is Us.”

“Big Little Lies” is a top nominee in the television categories, scoring acting nominations in the television movie/miniseries category for Laura Dern, Nicole Kidman, Reese Witherspoon and Alexander Skarsgard. Both “GLOW” and “Stranger Things” also have four nominations each, aided by nods for their stunt ensembles.

Jessica Lange and Susan Sarandon, who faced off as Joan Crawford and Bette Davis in “Feud: Bette and Joan,” will compete with Dern, Kidman and Witherspooon.

Actors nominated for their work in television movies or limited series alongside Skarsgard are Benedict Cumberbatch as “Sherlock: The Lying Detective,” Jeff Daniels in “Godless,” Robert De Niro for his turn as Bernie Madoff in “The Wizard of Lies” and Geoffrey Rush for “Genius.”

There was a tie in the comedy actors category, leaving six actors vying for television honors: Anthony Anderson (“Black-ish”), Aziz Ansari (“Master of None”), Larry David (“Curb Your Enthusiasm”), Sean Hayes (“Will & Grace”), William H. Macy (“Shameless”) and Marc Maron (“GLOW”).

Actresses nominated for their comedic television roles are Uzo Aduba for “Orange Is the New Black,” Alison Brie for “GLOW,” both Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin for their roles in “Grace and Frankie” and Julia Louis-Dreyfus for her turn in “Veep.”

In the television drama category, actor nominees are Jason Bateman (“Ozark”), Sterling K. Brown (“This Is Us”), Peter Dinklage (“Game of Thrones”), David Harbour (“Stranger Things”) and Bob Odenkirk for “Better Call Saul.” Dinklage garnered three nods overall, including for his role as a man with a complicated crush on McDormand’s character in the cast of “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.”

Millie Bobby Brown, who plays the otherworldly Eleven in “Stranger Things” is among the actresses nominated for their dramatic television roles, alongside Claire Foy, for her portrayal as Queen Elizabeth in “The Crown,” Laura Linney for “Ozark,” Elisabeth Moss for “The Handmaid’s Tale” and Robin Wright for “House of Cards.”

The SAG Awards are chosen by thousands of actors, making the honor among the most coveted of the busy awards season because of the element of peer recognition.

Stunt ensembles nominated for movie work are the teams for “Baby Driver,” “Dunkirk,” “Logan,” “War for the Planet of the Apes” and “Wonder Woman.” Television stunt crew nominees are “Game of Thrones,” “GLOW,” “Homeland,” “Stranger Things” and “The Walking Dead.”

–City News Service

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