Christian Bale and Glenn Close will look to cement their standing as Oscar front-runners Sunday evening at the 25th annual Screen Actors Guild Awards, while the streaming series “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” and “Ozark” lead the TV nominees with four nods each.
Bale and Close have both already collected Golden Globe and Critics’ Choice Awards for their respective roles in “Vice” and “The Wife.” Winning the SAG Award would entrench them as the nominees to beat on Oscar night.
Bale, who packed on 40 pounds for his portrayal of former Vice President Dick Cheney in “Vice,” will be vying for the SAG Award for best actor with Rami Malek of “Bohemian Rhapsody,” Viggo Mortensen from “Green Book,” Bradley Cooper for “A Star is Born” and John David Washington of “BlacKkKlansman.”
Malek won the Golden Globe for best actor in a drama film for his portrayal of Queen frontman Freddie Mercury in “Bohemian Rhapsody.” Bale won the prize for best actor in a comedy/musical film.
Close won the Globe for best drama-film actress for her turn as the put-upon wife of a Nobel Prize winner in “The Wife.” Olivia Colman won the Globe for best comedy/musical actress for “The Favourite,” but she and Close will go head-to-head in the best-actress category at the SAG Awards. Also nominated are Emily Blunt for her work in the title role in “Mary Poppins Returns,” Lady Gaga for her performance opposite Cooper in “A Star is Born” and Melissa McCarthy for “Can You Ever Forgive Me?”
“A Star is Born” is the top film nominee with four nods — Cooper and Lady Gaga for their lead roles, Sam Elliott for his supporting work and the overall cast for best ensemble, which is the SAG Award equivalent of the best-picture Oscar.
Also competing for best ensemble cast are “Black Panther,” “BlacKkKlansman,” “Bohemian Rhapsody” and “Crazy Rich Asians.” Notably absent from the category are “Green Book,” which has collected Golden Globe and Producers Guild of America Awards for best picture, and “Roma,” the Mexican film deemed the best movie of the year at the Critics’ Choice Awards.
Mahershala Ali and Regina King have been collecting accolades during awards season for their supporting roles in “Green Book” and “If Beale Street Could Talk,” respectively. But King isn’t even nominated for a SAG Award. Her absence makes the supporting-actress category an open race among Amy Adams of “Vice,” Emily Blunt for “A Quiet Place,” Margot Robbie for “Mary Queen of Scots” and Emma Stone and Rachel Weisz of “The Favourite.”
Ali is also a Golden Globe and Critics’ Choice winner for his performance as pianist Don Shirley — who hires a white New York bouncer (Mortensen) to be his bodyguard on a musical tour of the 1960s Deep South in “Green Book.”
He will compete in the SAG supporting-actor race with Elliott for “A Star is Born,” Timothee Chalamet for “Beautiful Boy,” Adam Driver for “BlacKkKlansman” and Richard E. Grant for “Can You Ever Forgive Me?”
For television programs, Prime Video’s Emmy-winning “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” leads the list of nominees for best ensemble cast in a TV comedy series. Also competing for the prize will be the casts of FX’s “Atlanta,” HBO’s newcomer “Barry” and Netflix’s `GLOW” and “The Kominsky Method.”
Rachel Brosnahan and Alex Borstein are both nominated for best actress in a comedy series for “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.” At the Emmy Awards in September, Brosnahan won for best actress and Borstein won for supporting actress, but the SAG Awards do not have categories for supporting performances in TV series.
“Grace and Frankie” co-stars Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin are also nominated for outstanding comedy series actress, with Alison Brie of “GLOW” rounding out the category.
Bill Hader and Henry Winkler, who won best actor and supporting-actor Emmys, respectively, for their work in “Barry,” are nominated for the SAG Award for comedy series actor. Alan Arkin and Michael Douglas are both nominated for their roles in “The Kominsky Method,” as is Tony Shaloub of “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.”
On the drama side, Netflix’s “Ozark” leads the way with nominations for outstanding drama series cast, best actor for Jason Bateman and best actress nods for Julia Garner and Laura Linney.
The show will compete for best drama-series cast with FX’s “The Americans,” AMC’s “Better Call Saul,” Hulu’s “The Handmaid’s Tale” and NBC’s “This Is Us.”
Sterling K. Brown of “This Is Us” is nominated for best actor in a drama series — giving him a total of three SAG nominations, along with his nods as part of the ensemble cast of “This Is Us” and the ensemble cast of the film “Black Panther.”
Also vying for best drama series actor are Bateman, Joseph Fiennes of “The Handmaid’s Tale,” John Krasinski of “Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan” and Bob Odenkirk for “Better Call Saul.”
Garner and Linney are joined in the best drama series actress category by Elisabeth Moss for “The Handmaid’s Tale,” Sandra Oh for BBC America’s “Killing Eve” and Robin Wright for Netflix’s “House of Cards.”
Amy Adams (“Vice”) and Emma Stone (“The Favourite”) also have nominations for best actress in a TV movie or limited series for their respective roles in HBO’s “Sharp Objects” and Netflix’s “Maniac.” Patricia Clarkson is also nominated for “Sharp Objects,” with other nods going to Patricia Arquette for Showtime’s “Escape at Dannemora” and Penelope Cruz for FX’s “The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story.”
Cruz’s co-star, Darren Criss, is nominated for best actor in a TV movie or limited series for his work in the FX production. Also competing will be Antonio Banderas for his work in National Geographic’s “Genius: Picasso,” Hugh Grant for Prime Video’s “A Very English Scandal,” Anthony Hopkins for Prime Video’s “King Lear” and Bill Pullman for USA Network’s “The Sinner.”
The SAG Awards ceremony will be held at the Shrine Auditorium, with Megan Mullally, best known for “Will & Grace,” hosting. Last year, the show was hosted by Kristen Bell — the first time the ceremony has ever had a host.
Alan Alda, best known for his work on the comedy series “M*A*S*H,” will receive the SAG Life Achievement Award during the ceremony, with the honor presented to him by Oscar-winning actor Tom Hanks.