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SAG Awards 2018: Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri and Big Little Lies lead nominees

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Story by Jack Foley

THREE Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri leads the nominees for the Screen Actors Guild awards.

Martin McDonagh’s dark revenge drama stars Frances McDormand as a mother who takes desperate measures to bring her daughter’s killer to justice. The film received a total of four nominations, with nods for McDormand (best female actor), Woody Harrelson and Sam Rockwell (supporting actor) and best ensemble.

Also performing well was Greta Gerwig’s acclaimed coming-of-age story Lady Bird, which picked up three nominations, for Saoirse Ronan (best female actor), Laurie Metcalf (female supporting actor) and best ensemble.

Other films to receive multiple nominations included I, Tonya, The Big Sick, Mudbound, The Shape of Water and Get Out.

Among the British contenders vying for success are Gary Oldman, who was nominated as best actor for his turn as Churchill in Second World War drama Darkest Hour, as well as Sally Hawkins, who received a best actress nomination for her appearance as a mute cleaner in the fantasy drama The Shape of Water.

Daniel Kaluuya was also shortlisted for indie horror hit Get Out, while Judi Dench is shortlisted for her performance as Queen Victoria in Victoria & Abdul.

The SAG Awards are historically viewed as one of the key indicators of which films will triumph at the Oscars.

With this in mind, there were notable snubs for two films expected to feature heavily in the Oscars conversation.

Neither Steven Spielberg’s The Post or Paul Thomas Anderson’s Phantom Thread picked up a single nomination, despite boasting high-profile leads in Meryl Streep, Tom Hanks and Daniel Day-Lewis – who is rumoured to be making his final acting appearance before retirement.

Also absent was Ridley Scott’s All The Money in the World, the John Paul Getty biopic, and Hugh Jackman’s The Greatest Showman, both of which received surprise nods at the “Golden Globe nominations”: earlier this week.

In the TV section, HBO’s Big Little Lies picked up four nominations, including picks for Nicole Kidman, Laura Dern and Reese Witherspoon in the best female actor in a TV movie or mini-series.

Netflix’s Stranger Things and wrestling comedy GLOW also received four nominations each.

While Game of Thrones picked up an ensemble nod, as well as an individual nod for Peter Dinklage.

The winners of the Screen Actors Guild awards will be announced on January 21, 2018.

The list of nominees


Best male actor
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.

Best female actor
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

Best male supporting actor
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

Best female supporting actor
Mary J Blige – Mudbound
Hong Chau – Downsizing
Holly Hunter – The Big Sick
Allison Janney – I, Tonya
Laurie Metcalf – Lady Bird

Best ensemble performance
The Big Sick
Get Out
Lady Bird
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Best stunt ensemble
Baby Driver
War for the Planet of the Apes
Wonder Woman


Best male actor in a TV movie or mini-series
Benedict Cumberbatch – Sherlock
Jeff Daniels – Godless
Robert De Niro – The Wizard of Lies
Geoffrey Rush – Genius
Alexander Skarsgård – Big Little Lies

Best female actor in a TV movie or mini-series
Laura Dern – Big Little Lies
Nicole Kidman – Big Little Lies
Jessica Lange – Feud: Bette & Joan
Susan Sarandon – Feud: Bette & Joan
Reese Witherspoon – Big Little Lies

Best male actor in a drama series
Jason Bateman – Ozark
Sterling K Brown – This Is Us
Peter Dinklage –Game of Thrones
David Harbour, Stranger Things
Bob Odenkirk, Better Call Saul

Best female actor in a drama series
Millie Bobby Brown – Stranger Things
Claire Foy – The Crown
Laura Linney – Ozark
Elisabeth Moss – The Handmaid’s Tale
Robin Wright – House of Cards

Best 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

Best 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

Best ensemble performance in a drama series
The Crown
Game of Thrones
The Handmaid’s Tale
Stranger Things
This Is Us

Best ensemble performance in a comedy series
Curb Your Enthusiasm
Orange is the New Black

Best stunt ensemble in a comedy or drama series
Game of Thrones
Stranger Things
The Walking Dead