Nominations were unveiled Wednesday for the 28th annual Screen Actors Guild Awards, with the casts of “Belfast,” “Coda,” “Don’t Look Up,” “House of Gucci” and “King Richard” named as contenders in the motion picture category days after a lackluster Golden Globe Awards ceremony that garnered little attention.

The SAG Awards are highly coveted by performers because they are bestowed by fellow actors. They are also traditionally a strong indicator of which performers will achieve success on Oscar night.

“King Richard” also landed Will Smith a nod for best actor for his performance as the father of Venus and Serena Williams. He will be up against Denzel Washington for his Shakespearean turn as Macbeth in “The Tragedy of Macbeth,” Andrew Garfield for “tick, tick…Boom!,” Benedict Cumberbatch for “The Power of the Dog,” and Javier Bardem as Desi Arnaz in “Being the Ricardos.”

Nicole Kidman will vie for best actress for her portrayal of Lucille Ball in “Being the Ricardos.” Other nominated performances in that category include Lady Gaga for “House of Gucci,” Olivia Colman for “The Lost Daughter,” Jessica Chastain for “The Eyes of Tammy Faye” and Jennifer Hudson as Aretha Franklin in “Respect.”

The SAG Awards also honor television performances with “The Handmaid’s Tale,” “The Morning Show,” “Squid Game,” “Succession” and “Yellowstone” picking up nods for the Screen Actors Guild Award for outstanding performance by an ensemble in a drama series.

For comedy series, the contenders for ensemble cast are “Ted Lasso,” “Only Murders in the Building,” “Hacks,” “The Great,” and “The Kominsky Method.”

Rosario Dawson and Vanessa Hudgens unveiled the nominees in a 7 a.m. announcement streaming on Instagram Live, on the SAG Awards page (@sagawards) and on Hudgens’ page (@vanessahudgens).

The SAG Awards are scheduled for Feb. 27 at the Barker Hangar in Santa Monica. Helen Mirren will receive a lifetime achievement award during the event.

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