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In response to #MeToo, women put in charge of 'SAG Awards'

Hollywood has been accused of fumbling its response at times to the onslaught of sexual assault allegations in recent months, but the 24th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards is addressing the issue directly.

The powers that be have decided that the January 21st show will be presented by women and hosted by a woman. (Kristen Bell). They even had two women—Olivia Munn and Niecy Nash—announce the nominations.

  • Bell is all in. She told the New York Times: “Culturally there’s always been a conversation about equality. Now there’s some mega-spotlights on this conversation and, dare I say, some pyrotechnics in the background. I’m not the first female host. I’m the first host. The fact that a female was chosen to be the first one means my genitals become irrelevant.”
  • Kathy Connell, the executive producer of the Awards, led the charge. “I feel pretty strongly about the women’s movement,” Ms. Connell said. “Women stepped forward in such a huge way in this last year.”
  • She went on to say, “I want to salute women who are coming forward to speak at a very difficult time about very difficult subjects at great risk to themselves.”

THE NOMINATIONS

As film buffs have noted, no film has won Best Picture at the Academy Awards without a corresponding nomination in the same category at the SAG Awards since Braveheart (1995).

  • This year’s SAG nominees for Best Picture: The Big SickGet OutLady BirdMudboundThree Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri. Many were shocked that Shape of WaterDunkirk and The Post were left out of the running.
  • Fox Searchlight’s Three Billboards Outside Ebbing led the pack of nominations overall with four nods total.
  • Meryl Streep and Tom Hank’s critically acclaimed The Post got shut out of all categories and box office hit Dunkirk only got a single nom for its stunt team. 
  • In the TV department, Will & Grace was almost completely shut out (Sean Hayes earned a nod) despite its high ratings and highly rated Amy Sherman-Palladino creation The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel was also overlooked. Female-led SMILF and Insecure got negged as well.

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LOOK: See the full list of SAG Nominees

Theatrical Motion Pictures:

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role
Timothée Chalamet, Call Me by Your Name 
James Franco, The Disaster Artist
Daniel Kaluuya, Get Out
Gary Oldman, Darkest Hour
Denzel Washington, Roman J. Israel, Esq.

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role
Judi Dench, Victoria & Abdul
Sally Hawkins, The Shape of Water
Frances McDormand, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
Margot Robbie, I, Tonya
Saoirse Ronan, Lady Bird

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role
Steve Carell, Battle of the Sexes
Willem Dafoe, The Florida Project
Woody Harrelson, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
Richard Jenkins, The Shape of Water
Sam Rockwell, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role
Mary J. Blige, Mudbound
Hong Chau, Downsizing
Holly Hunter, The Big Sick
Allison Janney, I, Tonya
Laurie Metcalf, Lady Bird

Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
The Big Sick
Get Out
Lady Bird
Mudbound
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Television Programs:

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Limited Series
Benedict Cumberbatch, Sherlock
Jeff Daniels, Godless
Robert De Niro, The Wizard of Lies
Geoffrey Rush, Genius
Alexander Skarsgård, Big Little Lies

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Movie or Limited Series
Nicole Kidman, Big Little Lies
Jessica Lange, Feud: Bette & Joan
Susan Sarandon, Feud: Bette & Joan
Reese Witherspoon, Big Little Lies
Laura Dern, Big Little Lies

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series
Jason Bateman, Ozark
Sterling K. Brown, This Is Us
Peter Dinklage, Game of Thrones
Bob Odenkirk, Better Call Saul
David Harbour, Stranger Things

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series
Millie Bobby Brown, Stranger Things
Claire Foy, The Crown
Elisabeth Moss, The Handmaid’s Tale
Robin Wright, House of Cards
Laura Linney, Ozark

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series
Anthony Anderson, Black-ish
Aziz Ansari, Master of None
Larry David, Curb Your Enthusiasm
Sean Hayes, Will & Grace
William H. Macy, Shameless
Marc Maron, GLOW

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series
Uzo Aduba, Orange Is the New Black
Alison Brie, GLOW
Jane Fonda, Grace and Frankie
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep
Lily Tomlin, Grace and Frankie

Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series
The Crown
Game of Thrones
The Handmaid’s Tale
Stranger Things
This Is Us

Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series
Black-ish
Curb Your Enthusiasm
GLOW
Orange is the New Black
Veep

Stunt Ensembles:

Outstanding Action Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Motion Picture
Baby Driver
Dunkirk
Logan
War for the Planet of the Apes
Wonder Woman 

Outstanding Action Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Comedy or Drama Series
Game of Thrones
GLOW
Homeland
Stranger Things
The Walking Dead

Lifetime Achievement Award:
54th Annual SAG Life Achievement Award: Morgan Freeman

Photo by Michael Kovac | Getty Images

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