How Did LGBTQ Actors/Projects Do In This Year’s SAG Award Nominations?

The nominations for the 25th annual Screen Actors Guild Awards were announced this morning by trans actress Laverne Cox (Orange Is The New Black) and Awkwafina (Ocean’s 8, Crazy Rich Asians).

Sadly, not much in terms of nominations for specifically LGBTQ projects and/or actors except for two nominations for out producer/director Ryan Murphy's The Assassination of Gianni Versace (Darren Criss and Penélope Cruz).

A Star Is Born, starring LGBTQ favorite Lady Gaga, received several nominations including one for Gaga, Bradley Cooper, Sam Elliott and for the entire cast (which is the closest the SAG Awards comes to a “Best Picture” award).

Rami Malek was nominated for his acclaimed star turn as bisexual rocker Freddie Mercury in the hit film, Bohemian Rhapsody.

Also receiving several nominations were the period film, The Favourite, which features a lesbian relationship, and Can You Ever Forgive Me?, whose storyline centers on the relationship between a lesbian writer and a witty, gay grifter.

Also in the television categories, out actress Lily Tomlin got a nod for Grace and Frankie, and Hugh Grant received a nomination for his work on A Very English Scandal.

It was refreshing to see wide-ranging diversity in the category of ‘Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture,’ which included Black Panther, Crazy Rich Asians, BlacKkKlansman, Bohemian Rhapsody as well as A Star Is Born.

The most obvious snub, to this writer, is no mention of FX’s Pose, which chronicles the ballroom culture of the 1980s. With the most LGBTQ cast in history, the groundbreaking series garnered Globe nominations last week, but apparently failed to score with the SAG nominating committee. It's easy to imagine nominations for both Best Cast and Billy Porter's turn as "Pray Tell" in the 'Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Drama Series' category.

Alan Alda will receive the SAG Life Achievement Award for his career accomplishments and humanitarian work. Past recipients include Morgan Freeman, Betty White, Carol Burnett and Debbie Reynolds.

The 2019 SAG Awards air live from Los Angeles’ Shrine Auditorium on TNT and TBS on Sunday, January 27, at 8 p.m. ET.

See the full list of nominations below!

FILM:

Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
A Star Is Born
Black Panther
Crazy Rich Asians
BlacKkKlansman
Bohemian Rhapsody

Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role
Christian Bale, Vice
Bradley Cooper, A Star Is Born
Rami Malek, Bohemian Rhapsody
Viggo Mortensen, Green Book
John David Washington, BlackKklansman

Outstanding Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role
Emily Blunt, Mary Poppins Returns
Glenn Close, The Wife
Olivia Colman, The Favourite
Lady Gaga, A Star Is Born
Melissa McCarthy, Can You Ever Forgive Me?

Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role
Mahershala Ali, Green Book
Timothée Chalamet, Beautiful Boy
Adam Driver, BlacKkKlansman
Sam Elliott, A Star Is Born
Richard E. Grant, Can You Ever Forgive Me?

Outstanding Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role
Amy Adams, Vice
Emma Stone, The Favourite
Rachel Weisz, The Favourite
Emily Blunt, A Quiet Place
Margot Robbie, Mary Queen of Scots

 

TV:

Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series
The Americans
Better Call Saul
The Handmaid’s Tale
Ozark
This Is Us

Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Drama Series
Jason Bateman, Ozark
Sterling K. Brown, This Is Us
Joseph Fiennes, The Handmaid’s Tale
John Krasinsky, Jack Ryan
Bob Odenkirk, Better Call Saul

Outstanding Performance by an Actress in a Drama Series
Julia Garner, Ozark
Laura Linney, Ozark
Elisabeth Moss, The Handmaid’s Tale
Sandra Oh, Killing Eve
Robin Wright, House of Cards

Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series
Barry
Atlanta
Glow
The Kominsky Method
The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Comedy Series
Alan Arkin, The Kominsky Method
Michael Douglas, The Kominsky Method
Bill Hader, Barry
Tony Shalhoub, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
Henry Winkler, Barry

Outstanding Performance by an Actress in a Comedy Series
Allison Brie, Glow
Rachel Brosnahan, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
Alex Bornstien, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
Jane Fonda, Grace and Frankie
Lily Tomlin, Grace and Frankie

Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a TV Movie or Limited Series
Antonio Banderas, Genius: Picasso
Darren Criss, The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story
Hugh Grant, A Very English Scandal
Anthony Hopkins, King Leer
Bill Pulman, The Sinner

Outstanding Performance by an Actress in a TV Movie or Limited Series
Amy Adams, Sharp Objects
Patricia Arquette, Escape at Dannemora
Patricia Clarkson, Sharp Objects
Penélope Cruz, The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story
Emma Stone, Maniac

 

You can watch the nomination announcements below.

 

 

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