Actors give A Star Is Born an awards season boost

Bradley Cooper’s remake of the musical romantic tragedy A Star is Born is emerging as an awards season favourite, scooping nominations in four of the five film categories at the Screen Actors Guild Awards. 

The Guild – the main union for US-based actors – is generally a good indicator of where the Oscar attention might end up, later in the Awards Season, because such a large proportion of the Oscar-voting Academy are actors. 

Cooper – who starred in as well as directed the film – is nominated in the Outstanding Male Lead category, alongside Briton Christian Bale for portraying the George W Bush’s Vice President Dick Cheney, in Vice, John David Washington, for Spike Lee’s BLACKkKLANSMAN, Viggo Mortensen for Green Book and Rami Malek, whose portrayal of the Queen singer Freddie Mercury in Bohemian Rhapsody has been widely praised.

Cooper’s co-star, the singer Lady Gaga, is up for Outstanding Female Lead, with competition coming from Glenn Close for The Wife and Melissa McCarthy for Can You Ever Forgive Me? Two British actresses are also in the running; Emily Blunt for the title role in Mary Poppins Returns and Olivia Colman in The Favourite.

A Star Is Born is also represented in the Supporting Actor category, with Sam Elliot facing a challenge from Green Book’s Mahershala Ali, BLACKkKLANSMAN’s Adam Driver, Beautiful Boy’s Timothée Chalamet and Richard E Grant for Can You Ever Forgive Me?

Supporting actress is the only category without representation from A Star Is Born. Emily Blunt has a second nomination here, for A Quiet Place, with competition from fellow Brit Rachel Weisz and Emma Stone – both for The Favourite. Bale’s Vice co-star Amy Adams is also in the running, alongside Margot Robbie, for her portrayal of Queen Elizabeth I in Mary Queen of Scots.

Adam Driver and John David Washington as Colorado Springs police officers in Spike Lee’s BLACKkKLANSMAN.

SAG’s equivalent of a Best Picture category is its award for an Outstanding Performance by a Cast and A Star is Born is joined in this contest by BLACKkKLANSMAN and Bohemian Rhapsody, which each have individual nominations, and Black Panther and Crazy Rich Asians, which don’t.

Interestingly, these films were picked ahead of The Favourite, which has three individual nominations and Vice, Green Book and Can You Ever Forgive Me?, which each have two, perhaps indicating that after recent controversies in Hollywood, the actors guild wanted to get more diversity into their highest profile category.

Like the Golden Globes, SAG also uses its annual ceremony to honour achievements in TV as well as film and there’s a similarly healthy showing from British talent on the small-screen too.

Hugh Grant and Sir Anthony Hopkins are up against each other in the contest for the best actor in a TV movie or mini-series. Joseph Fiennes is in the running for best actor in a drama series, for the second season of The Handmaid’s Tale.

Among the shows with the most nominations in the TV categories are the dramas Ozark and The Handmaid’s Tale and the comedies Barry and The Kominsky Method.

The winners will be announced at a ceremony in West Hollywood on 27th January, from the following full list of nominations:

Film nominees:

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role
CHRISTIAN BALE / Dick Cheney – “VICE”
BRADLEY COOPER / Jack – “A STAR IS BORN” 
RAMI MALEK / Freddie Mercury – “BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY”
VIGGO MORTENSEN / Tony Lip – “GREEN BOOK” 
JOHN DAVID WASHINGTON / Ron Stallworth – “BLACKKKLANSMAN” 

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role
EMILY BLUNT / Mary Poppins – “MARY POPPINS RETURNS”
GLENN CLOSE / Joan Castleman – “THE WIFE” 
OLIVIA COLMAN / Queen Anne – “THE FAVOURITE”
LADY GAGA / Ally – “A STAR IS BORN”
MELISSA McCARTHY / Lee Israel – “CAN YOU EVER FORGIVE ME?” 

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role
MAHERSHALA ALI / Dr. Donald Shirley – “GREEN BOOK”
TIMOTHÉE CHALAMET / Nic Sheff – “BEAUTIFUL BOY”
ADAM DRIVER / Flip Zimmerman – “BLACKKKLANSMAN” 
SAM ELLIOTT / Bobby – “A STAR IS BORN”
RICHARD E. GRANT / Jack Hock – “CAN YOU EVER FORGIVE ME?”

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role
AMY ADAMS / Lynne Cheney – “VICE”
EMILY BLUNT / Evelyn Abbott – “A QUIET PLACE” 
MARGOT ROBBIE / Queen Elizabeth I – “MARY QUEEN OF SCOTS”
EMMA STONE / Abigail – “THE FAVOURITE”
RACHEL WEISZ / Lady Sarah – “THE FAVOURITE” 

Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
A STAR IS BORN 

DAVE CHAPPELLE / George “Noodles” Stone
ANDREW DICE CLAY / Lorenzo
BRADLEY COOPER / Jack
SAM ELLIOTT / Bobby
RAFI GAVRON / Rez Gavron
LADY GAGA / Ally
ANTHONY RAMOS / Ramon

BLACK PANTHER 
ANGELA BASSETT / Ramonda
CHADWICK BOSEMAN / T’Challa/Black Panther
STERLING K. BROWN / N’Jobu
WINSTON DUKE / M’Baku
MARTIN FREEMAN / Everett K. Ross
DANAI GURIRA / Okoye
MICHAEL B. JORDAN / Erik Killmonger
DANIEL KALUUYA / W’Kabi
LUPITA NYONG’O / Nakia
ANDY SERKIS / Ulysses Klaue
FOREST WHITAKER / Zuri
LETITIA WRIGHT / Shuri

BLACKKKLANSMAN 

HARRY BELAFONTE / Jerome Turner
ADAM DRIVER / Flip Zimmerman
TOPHER GRACE / David Duke
LAURA HARRIER / Patrice Dumas
COREY HAWKINS / Kwame Ture
JOHN DAVID WASHINGTON / Ron Stallworth

BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY 
LUCY BOYNTON / Mary Austin
AIDAN GILLEN / John Reid
BEN HARDY / Roger Taylor
TOM HOLLANDER / Jim Beach
GWILYM LEE / Brian May
ALLEN LEECH / Paul Prenter
RAMI MALEK / Freddie Mercury
JOE MAZZELLO / John Deacon
MIKE MYERS / Ray Foster

CRAZY RICH ASIANS 
AWKWAFINA / Peik Lin Goh
GEMMA CHAN / Astrid Young Teo
HENRY GOLDING / Nick Young
KEN JEONG / Wye Mun Goh
LISA LU / Ah Ma
HARRY SHUM JR. / Charlie Wu
CONSTANCE WU / Rachel Chu
MICHELLE YEOH / Eleanor Young

Outstanding Action Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Motion Picture
ANT-MAN AND THE WASP 
AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR 
THE BALLAD OF BUSTER SCRUGGS 
BLACK PANTHER 
MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE – FALLOUT 

Television Nominees:

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Limited Series
ANTONIO BANDERAS / Pablo Picasso – “GENIUS: PICASSO” 
DARREN CRISS / Andrew Cunanan – “THE ASSASSINATION OF GIANNI VERSACE:
AMERICAN CRIME STORY” 
HUGH GRANT / Jeremy Thorpe – “A VERY ENGLISH SCANDAL” 
ANTHONY HOPKINS / Lear – “KING LEAR” 
BILL PULLMAN / Det. Harry Ambrose – “THE SINNER” 

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Movie or Limited Series
AMY ADAMS / Camille Preaker – “SHARP OBJECTS” 
PATRICIA ARQUETTE / Tilly Mitchell – “ESCAPE AT DANNEMORA” 
PATRICIA CLARKSON / Adora – “SHARP OBJECTS” 
PENÉLOPE CRUZ / Donatella Versace – “THE ASSASSINATION OF GIANNI VERSACE:
AMERICAN CRIME STORY” 
EMMA STONE / Annie Landsberg – “MANIAC” 

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series
JASON BATEMAN / Martin “Marty” Byrde – “OZARK” 
STERLING K. BROWN / Randall Pearson – “THIS IS US” 
JOSEPH FIENNES / Commander Waterford – “THE HANDMAID’S TALE”
JOHN KRASINSKI / Jack Ryan – “TOM CLANCY’S JACK RYAN” 
BOB ODENKIRK / Jimmy McGill – “BETTER CALL SAUL” 

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series
JULIA GARNER / Ruth Langmore – “OZARK” 
LAURA LINNEY / Wendy Byrde – “OZARK” 
ELISABETH MOSS / Offred/June – “THE HANDMAID’S TALE”
SANDRA OH / Eve Polastri – “KILLING EVE” 
ROBIN WRIGHT / Claire Underwood – “HOUSE OF CARDS” 

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series
ALAN ARKIN / Norman – “THE KOMINSKY METHOD” 
MICHAEL DOUGLAS / Sandy Kominsky – “THE KOMINSKY METHOD” 
BILL HADER / Barry – “BARRY” (HBO)
TONY SHALHOUB / Abe Weissman – “THE MARVELOUS MRS. MAISEL” 
HENRY WINKLER / Gene Cousineau – “BARRY” 

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series
ALEX BORSTEIN / Susie Myerson – “THE MARVELOUS MRS. MAISEL” 
ALISON BRIE / Ruth Wilder – “GLOW”
RACHEL BROSNAHAN / Miriam “Midge” Maisel – “THE MARVELOUS MRS. MAISEL”
JANE FONDA / Grace Hanson – “GRACE AND FRANKIE”
LILY TOMLIN / Frankie Bergstein – “GRACE AND FRANKIE”

Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series
THE AMERICANS 

ANTHONY ARKIN / Stavos
SCOTT COHEN / Glenn Haskard
BRANDON J. DIRDEN / Dennis Aderholt
NOAH EMMERICH / Stan Beeman
LAURIE HOLDEN / Renee
MARGO MARTINDALE / Claudia
MATTHEW RHYS / Philip Jennings
COSTA RONIN / Oleg Burov
KERI RUSSELL / Elizabeth Jennings
KEIDRICH SELLATI / Henry Jennings
MIRIAM SHOR / Erica Haskard
HOLLY TAYLOR / Paige Jennings

BETTER CALL SAUL 
JONATHAN BANKS / Mike Ehrmantraut
RAINER BOCK / Werner Ziegler
RAY CAMPBELL / Tyrus Kitt
GIANCARLO ESPOSITO / Gustavo “Gus” Fring
MICHAEL MANDO / Nacho Varga
BOB ODENKIRK / Jimmy McGill
RHEA SEEHORN / Kim Wexler

THE HANDMAID’S TALE
ALEXIS BLEDEL / Ofglen/Emily
MADELINE BREWER / Janine
AMANDA BRUGEL / Rita
ANN DOWD / Aunt Lydia
O-T FAGBENLE / Luke
JOSEPH FIENNES / Commander Waterford
NINA KIRI / Alma
MAX MINGHELLA / Nick
ELISABETH MOSS / Offred/June
YVONNE STRAHOVSKI / Serena Joy
SYDNEY SWEENEY / Eden
BAHIA WATSON / Brianna

OZARK 
JASON BATEMAN / Martin “Marty” Byrde
LISA EMERY / Darlene Snell
SKYLAR GAERTNER / Jonah Byrde
JULIA GARNER / Ruth Langmore
DARREN GOLDSTEIN / Charles Wilkes
JASON BUTLER HARNER / Roy Petty
CARSON HOLMES / Three
SOFIA HUBLITZ / Charlotte Byrde
LAURA LINNEY / Wendy Byrde
TREVOR LONG / Cade
JANET McTEER / Helen Pierce
PETER MULLAN / Jacob Snell
JORDANA SPIRO / Rachel
CHARLIE TAHAN / Wyatt
ROBERT TREVEILER / Sheriff John Nix
HARRIS YULIN / Buddy Dieker

THIS IS US
ERIS BAKER / Tess Pearson
STERLING K. BROWN / Randall Pearson
NILES FITCH / Teenage Randall
MACKENZIE HANCSICSAK / Young Kate
JUSTIN HARTLEY / Kevin Pearson
FAITHE HERMAN / Annie Pearson
JON HUERTAS / Miguel Rivas
MELANIE LIBURD / Zoe
CHRISSY METZ / Kate Pearson
MANDY MOORE / Rebecca Pearson
LYRIC ROSS / Déjà
CHRIS SULLIVAN / Toby Damon
MILO VENTIMIGLIA / Jack Pearson
SUSAN KELECHI WATSON / Beth Pearson
HANNAH ZEILE / Teenage Kate

Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series
ATLANTA 

KHRIS DAVIS / Tracy
DONALD GLOVER / Earn Marks
BRIAN TYREE HENRY / Alfred “Paper Boi” Miles
LAKEITH STANFIELD / Darius

BARRY 
DARRELL BRITT-GIBSON / Jermaine
D’ARCY CARDEN / Natalie
ANDY CAREY / Eric
ANTHONY CARRIGAN / NoHo Hank
RIGHTOR DOYLE / Nick
GLENN FLESHLER / Goran Pazar
ALEJANDRO FURTH / Antonio
SARAH GOLDBERG / Sally Reed
BILL HADER / Barry
KIRBY HOWELL-BAPTISTE / Sasha
PAULA NEWSOME / Det. Janice Moss
JOHN PIRRUCCELLO / Det. John Loach
STEPHEN ROOT / Monroe Fuches
HENRY WINKLER / Gene Cousineau

GLOW 
BRITT BARON / Justine Biagi
SHAKIRA BARRERA / Yolanda Rivas
ALISON BRIE / Ruth Wilder
KIMMY GATEWOOD / Stacey Beswick
BETTY GILPIN / Debbie Eagan
REBEKKA JOHNSON / Dawn Rivecca
CHRIS LOWELL / Bash Howard
SUNITA MANI / Arthie Premkumar
MARC MARON / Sam Sylvia
KATE NASH / Rhonda Richardson
WYATT NASH / Phil
SYDELLE NOEL / Cherry Bang
VICTOR QUINAZ / Russell Barroso
GAYLE RANKIN / Sheila the She-Wolf
BASHIR SALAHUDDIN / Keith Bang
KIA STEVENS / Tammé Dawson
JACKIE TOHN / Melanie Rosen
ELLEN WONG / Jenny Chey
BRITNEY YOUNG / Carmen Wade

THE KOMINSKY METHOD
JENNA LYNG ADAMS / Darshani
ALAN ARKIN / Norman
SARAH BAKER / Mindy Kominsky
CASEY THOMAS BROWN / Lane
MICHAEL DOUGLAS / Sandy Kominsky
ASHLEIGH LaTHROP / Breana
EMILY OSMENT / Theresa
GRAHAM ROGERS / Jude
SUSAN SULLIVAN / Eileen
MELISSA TANG / Margaret
NANCY TRAVIS / Lisa

THE MARVELOUS MRS. MAISEL 
CAROLINE AARON / Shirley Maisel
ALEX BORSTEIN / Susie Myerson
RACHEL BROSNAHAN / Miriam “Midge” Maisel
MARIN HINKLE / Rose Weissman
ZACHARY LEVI / Benjamin
KEVIN POLLAK / Moishe Maisel
TONY SHALHOUB / Abe Weissman
BRIAN TARANTINA / Jackie
MICHAEL ZEGEN / Joel Maisel

Outstanding Action Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Comedy or Drama Series
GLOW 
MARVEL’S DAREDEVIL 
TOM CLANCY’S JACK RYAN 
THE WALKING DEAD 
WESTWORLD 

The 55th Annual SAG Life Achievement Award
ALAN ALDA