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Beverly Hills News – SAG Awards Nominations Focus on Three Billboards, Lady Bird

Posted: Wednesday, December 13, 2017 – 3:24 PM

(CNS) – “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” picked up a leading four Screen Actors Guild nominations Wednesday morning — one more than “Lady Bird” — in what looks to be a close race with four other films receiving two nominations each.

Casts of both films were also nominated for outstanding performance by a cast in a motion picture — the SAG Awards equivalent of a best-picture award — along with the actors from “The Big Sick,” “Get Out” and “Mudbound.”

Frances McDormand will also be vying for an individual Actor statuette for her leading role in the crime drama “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.” Her competition includes Judi Dench (“Victoria & Abdul”), first- time nominees Sally Hawkins (“The Shape of Water”) and Margot Robbie (“I, Tonya”) and Saoirse Ronan (“Lady Bird”).

Actors nominated for leading roles include Timothee Chalamet (“Call Me By Your Name”), James Franco (“The Disaster Artist”), first-time nominee Daniel Kaluuya (“Get Out”), Gary Oldman for his portrayal of Winston Churchill in “Darkest Hour” and Denzel Washington as “Roman J. Israel, Esq.”

On the television side of the awards, the comedies “Black-ish,” “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” “GLOW,” “Orange Is the New Black” and “Veep” have been nominated for outstanding performance by an ensemble in a comedy series.

Drama ensembles nominated include “The Crown,” “Game of Thrones,” “The Handmaid’s Tale,” “Stranger Things” and “This Is Us.”

“Big Little Lies” was one of the big winners in television, with four acting nominations in the television movie or miniseries category for Laura Dern, Nicole Kidman, Reese Witherspoon and Alexander Skarsgard. Both “GLOW” and “Stranger Things” matched that total of four including nominations for their stunt ensembles.

The SAG Awards are chosen by thousands of actors, making the honor among the most coveted of the busy awards season because of the element of peer recognition.

The nominations were announced at 7 a.m. at the Pacific Design Center in West Hollywood by Olivia Munn and Niecy Nash.

The 24th Annual SAG Awards will be presented Jan. 21 at the Shrine Auditorium, in a ceremony hosted by actress Kristin Bell. It will be the first time the SAG Awards ceremony has ever had a host.

Morgan Freeman will receive the Screen Actors Guild Life Achievement Award, SAG-AFTRA’s highest honor.

CNS-12-13-2017 08:05

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