As far as Oscar precursors are concerned, all of the critic groups are fun to follow but the guilds are what you really need to pay attention to. The reason is simple enough. Critics may have influence but they’re not members of the Academy.
The Guilds, on the other hand, do include members who are voting members of the Academy. And the biggest branch of the Academy is the Actors Branch. That’s why the Screen Actors Guild nominations are traditionally viewed as being one of the most important of the precursors.
Of course, getting a SAG nomination does not always translate into an Oscar nomination. It’s rare that the SAG noms and the Oscar noms line up 100%. I can still remember, back in 2015, when we were all briefly excited when Beasts of No Nation and Straight Outta Compton picks up Best Ensemble nominations. Of course, when the Oscar noms came out, Compton got one nomination and Beasts was totally shut out.
Another thing to keep in mind is that, according to Clayton Davis on Awards Circuit, the screeners for The Post and Phantom Thread weren’t sent out in time for either of those movies to be a factor in the voting. Believe me, I was really excited when it seemed as if The Post had been totally snubbed. The last thing I want to do next year is have to sit through another one of Meryl Streep’s speeches about how she’s just an average, middle class person from New Jersey who went to public school. (Meryl always comes across like the type who would brag about being on a first name basis with her maid.) But, it would appear that there is a perfectly understandable reason for The Post‘s lack of a nomination.
Anyway, here’s my main takeaways:
- Get Out‘s Daniel Kaluuya is emerging as a pretty strong contender for best actor. I’d be surprised if he actually won over Timothee Chalamet and Gary Oldman but it does more and more likely that he will at least receive a nomination.
- Denzel Washington for Roman Israel, Esq? Did anyone actually see that movie? I didn’t so I don’t know if Denzel’s nomination was deserved or not. Washington got a Golden Globe nomination as well.
- The biggest surprises in Best Supporting Actor? Not only did Armie Hammer and Michael Stuhlbarg not get nominated but Steve Carell did.
- My favorite nomination is The Big Sick for Best Ensemble.
- Mudbound keeps its Oscar hopes alive, with its nomination here.
- I don’t have a sixth reason but I don’t do odd numbers.
Here are the film nominations:
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 AND 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 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