With Golden Globe nominations already in hand, Netflix’s “The Irishman” and “Marriage Story” are likely to feature prominently again Wednesday when nominations are announced for the 26th annual Screen Actors Guild Awards.
The SAG honors, which are voted upon and awarded by actors, are generally considered strong indicators of how things will go on Oscar night, but they are also coveted by performers as a sign of peer recognition.
“Marriage Story” scored a leading six Golden Globe nominations on Monday, and it is likely to make another strong showing Wednesday with SAG. Adam Driver and Scarlett Johansson are sure bets to earn nods for best actor and actress, respectively, while Laura Dern is likely to land in the supporting actress category. The film itself is also almost certain to be nominated for best ensemble cast, the SAG equivalent of a best picture Oscar.
Netflix’s other hit production, “The Irishman,” is also likely to land in the ensemble cast category, while Al Pacino and Joe Pesci are strong bets in the supporting actor field. Robert De Niro, who was snubbed at the Golden Globe nominations, is still a likely SAG nominee for best actor.
Joaquin Phoenix is also a strong contender for a best actor nomination for “Joker,” portraying the iconic Batman villain. Other names likely to be added to the category are Leonardo DiCaprio for “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” and Eddie Murphy for Netflix’s “Dolemite is My Name.” Other potential nominees include Jonathan Pryce for Netflix’s “The Two Popes,” Taron Egerton for “Rocketman” and Antonio Banderas for “Pain and Glory.”
Along with Johansson, look for Renee Zellweger to score a best actress nomination for her portrayal of Judy Garland in “Judy,” along with Charlize Theron for her work as Megyn Kelly in “Bombshell,” Saoirse Ronan for “Little Women” and Awkwafina for “The Farewell.”
Johansson could potentially become a double nominee if she scores a supporting-actress nod for the World War II satire “Jojo Rabbit,” although Dern will likely be the person to beat in the category. Margot Robbie is a potential nominees for her work in “Bombshell,” along with Jennifer Lopez for “Hustlers.”
Tom Hanks is sure to join Pacino and Pesci in the supporting-actor category for his portrayal of Mister Rogers in “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood.” Brad Pitt is also a sure-fire nominees for his work opposite DiCaprio in “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.” If Anthony Hopkins scores the final nod for “The Two Popes,” the category will mirror the Golden Globes nominations.
“Marriage Story” and “The Irishman” are certain nominees for best ensemble cast, as is “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.” Other strong contenders include “Jojo Rabbit” and “Little Women,” while “The Two Popes” could hold out hope for cracking the list.
On the small screen, NBC’s “This is Us” has won the SAG Award for best drama series ensemble cast two years in a row, so it’s likely to return to the list of nominees. Netflix’s “The Crown” is also a strong bet, along with HBO’s now-completed ratings hit “Game of Thrones,” despite the series being largely ignored by the Globes. HBO’s “Succession” and “Big Little Lies” are also potential contenders.
For drama actors, Emmy winner Billy Porter is a leading contender for “Pose,” along with Peter Dinklage for “Game of Thrones,” Brian Cox for “Succession,” Sterling K. Brown for “This is Us” and Tobias Menzies for “The Crown.”
Last year’s winner for best drama series actress, Sandra Oh, could score another nod this year for her work in “Killing Eve,” although she might be passed over for co-star Jodie Comer. Olivia Colman is virtually assured of a nod for “The Crown,” with other nods possible for Elisabeth Moss for “The Handmaid’s Tale” and Nicole Kidman for “Big Little Lies.”
Amazon’s “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” is a strong threat in the comedy categories, having swept the SAG honors last year for comedy series ensemble, best actress Rachel Brosnahan and best actor Tony Shalhoub.
Other contenders for comedy ensemble include “Fleabag,” HBO’s “Barry” and “Veep” and “Schitt’s Creek.”
Brosnahan will likely be challenged in her bid for a repeat for comedy actress, with other nods likely for Emmy winner Phoebe Waller-Bridge for Amazon’s “Fleabag,” Julia Louis-Dreyfus for her swan-song season of HBO’s “Veep” and Natasha Lyonne for Netflix’s “Russian Doll.”
Shalhoub is a good bet to be nominated again for comedy series actor. Bill Hader is also a lock for a nomination for HBO’s “Barry,” as is Michael Douglas for Netflix’s “The Kominsky Method.” Other possible nominees include Ted Danson for “The Good Place,” Ben Platt for Netflix’s “The Politician” and Andrew Scott for “Fleabag.”
The nominations will be announced at a 7 a.m. ceremony in West Hollywood by America Ferrera and Danai Gurira. The 26th Screen Actors Guild Awards ceremony will be held Jan. 19 at the Shrine Auditorium.