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SAG Nominations 2023 Snubs and Surprises: Michelle Williams, Yellowstone

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The 29th annual SAG Awards unveiled the nominees on Wednesday morning with presenters Ashley Park and Haley Lou Richardson, and as always, there were a few surprises in the mix.

Of course, the biggest shock of the morning might be an 11th-hour Hail Mary to save the SAG Awards, because the orphan Kudocast suddenly has a new home. While Netflix execs had previously expressed no interest in taking over the telecast — which TNT/TBS abandoned decades later — the streamer reversed course Wednesday morning and announced a new deal that will see this year’s SAG Awards air on Netflix’s YouTube channel. And on the actual platform in 2024.

The 2023 SAG Awards will take place on Sunday, February 26 at the Fairmont Century Plaza in Los Angeles. here, diversity Breaks down the biggest snubs and surprises from this year’s SAG Awards nominations

Surprise: Adam Sandler, “The Hustle”
Actor and comedian Stanley Sugarman turns in his best dramatic performance yet as a basketball scout who risks his career on an unproven talent. Sandler has been around here before; Her acclaimed turns in “Punch-Drunk Love” and “Uncut Gems” garnered awards buzz, but so far, she’s failed to snag a SAG nomination. With the male actor in a leading role category so competitive, nothing was certain. But in the end, Sandler joined the line-up with a long overdue.

SNUB: Michelle Williams, “The Fablemans”
All season long, the competition for a leading role among female actors has been intense, and the category has been ripe for some shockers. Still, Williams seemed like a sure thing for her role in Steven Spielberg’s “The Fablemans,” already receiving Golden Globe and Critics’ Choice nods. Although he is still nominated as part of the film, the only single nominee from the film was Paul Dano in support.

Surprise: Hong Chow, “The Whale” and Stephanie Hu, “Everything Everyone At Once”
Perhaps the most pleasant surprise of the day, both Chow and Hu received recognition for their excellent supporting work. On the one hand, it’s no surprise to see them here — both earned praise for their turns in the film, which was confirmed here today with nominations for Chow’s co-star Brendan Fraser and several cast members for Hsu. But it’s a competitive category and neither received a Golden Globe nod — though Chow was recognized with a Gotham nomination and Hsu received both a Critics’ Choice and Spirit Award nod. There was also a question of competing against their own cast members, as both films featured several outstanding supporting performances. But in the end, both actors made it to what could be the most flux category in the race.

Surprise: Ensemble “Babylon”
On the one hand, this makes perfect sense: “Babylon” is a big, bold movie about an industry made up of big-name movie stars like Brad Pitt and Margot Robbie but also groundbreaking talent like leading man Diego Calva. But the film is not for everyone and after a muted box office response, there was a question about how many people watched the film. As it turns out, it was enough to land a coveted slot despite not having a single nomination for its actors.

SNUB: Ensemble “Glass Onion,” “Elvis,” “The Woman King” and “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever”
The hardest category to predict this year was probably the film ensemble, as there were so many amazing films in the running. Other than that there’s little — voters seem to love big, star ensembles, having also gravitated towards more intimate casts in the past. But Rian Johnson’s star-studded, witty “Glass Onion” seems made for the combined category, and the film is clearly a favorite. Not only was “Wakanda Forever” a sure bet with Angela Bassett nominated, the first “Black Panther” actually won in the category four years ago. Both “Elvis” and “The Woman King” were going to score nods for their leading actors but also featured large casts and true ensemble work that positioned the casts as real contenders. Finally, there were many good things to choose from in the category.

SNUB: “House of Dragons”

A day after HBO’s “Game of Thrones” prequel “House of the Dragon” won the Golden Globe award for best TV drama, it was mostly passed over on the SAG nomination list — except for a nod for stunt ensemble in a TV series. Although “Game of Thrones” did not win the SAG for TV Drama Ensemble, it was a seven-time nominee in that category. And “Thrones” dominated the TV stunt ensemble field, winning from 2012-2020. (Of course, “Thrones” received the only acting award for Peter Dinklage in 2020.)

SNUB: “Yellowstone”

Last year, the Paramount Network celebrated the first-ever drama ensemble nomination for “Yellowstone” at the SAG Awards, heralding it as, finally, the series’ arrival on the awards scene. After years of garnering ratings, it was finally embraced by the Hollywood crowd. The show continues to gain in both buzz and ratings — it aired the most-watched entertainment series episodes on linear TV in 2022 and won its first major award for Kevin Costner at the Globes on Tuesday night. But somehow, the “Yellowstone” ensemble didn’t earn a repeat nomination for TV drama at this year’s SAG Awards.

SNUB: Dominic West and Imelda Staunton (“The Crown”)

The last time “The Crown” was eligible for the SAG Awards in 2021, it swept the nominations: Olivia Colman (Queen Elizabeth), Emma Corinne (Princess Diana) and Josh O’Connor (Prince Charles) were all nominated, while Gillian Anderson (Margaret Thatcher ) and both teams win. Previously, Claire Foy won twice (in 2017 and 2018) for playing a younger version of the Queen, while Coleman was nominated twice for her portrayal. But the streak ended there, as Imelda Staunton did not receive a nomination for her role as the aging Queen Elizabeth. Also, Dominic West failed to secure a nomination for Prince Charles’ version. (Elizabeth Debicki was still nominated as Princess Diana.)

SNUB: Rhea Seehorn (“Better Call Saul”)

We’re a broken record here. Rhea Seehorn deserves all the awards attention for her portrayal of Kim Wexler in “Better Call Saul,” and this was SAG’s last chance to honor her (just as the Emmys finally did last year). Fortunately, he’s part of the group nominated for the TV drama, but still, the SAG Awards missed a final chance to recognize Seahorn’s portrayal.

SNUB: Tyler James Williams and Sheryl Lee Ralph (“Abbott Elementary”)

While it’s hard to work past an “Abbott Elementary” snob, the show is still well-represented in this year’s nominations. But even so, Tyler James Williams is just coming off a Golden Globe win on Tuesday night, while Sheryl Lee Ralph earned a well-deserved Emmy in September, so failing to include them in the nomination mix still feels like a snub at SAG.

SNUB: Sebastian Stan and Lily James (“Pam and Tommy”)

It looks like the “Pam and Tommy” fairy tale will stop here. The show, which premiered on Hulu a year ago, is an awards nomination favorite, earning multiple Golden Globes, Critics’ Choice and Primetime Emmy nominations — including three award show performance nods to stars Sebastian Stan (as Tommy Lee) and Lily James. (who transformed into Pamela Anderson). But SAG Awards voters have clearly moved on.

Surprise: Jonathan Banks, “Better Call Saul”

What makes the Seehorn snub even more surprising is that SAG Awards voters have never nominated anyone in an individual actor category besides star Bob Odenkirk from “Better Call Saul” — until this year, the show’s swan song season. Banks has been nominated five times at Emmys for playing Mike Ehrmantraut (once for “Breaking Bad,” four for “Saul”), but this is his first individual nod at the SAG Awards.

Surprise: Anthony Carrigan, “Barry”

This season of “Barry” Noho had amazing depth as Hank, and the SAG nominations committee noticed. Carrigan has been nominated twice at Emmys for his portrayal of “Barry”, but in the supporting actor category. There are no supporting categories at the SAG Awards, which usually makes it all the more impressive for actors in this slot to graduate with Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor or Female Actor — as Carrigan and Banks did this year. Carrigan managed to make the cut without co-stars like the beloved Henry Winkler. (He’ll be up against “Barry” star Bill Hader.)

Surprise: Steve Carell, “The Patient”

FX’s “The Patient” didn’t make much noise when it came out, though it earned high marks for storytelling and acting from the likes of Steve Carell — and apparently SAG took notice. The awards are clearly a fan of Carell, having previously nominated her for “The Morning Show” in 2020, “Battle of the Sexes” in 2018, “Foxcatcher” in 2015 and “The Office” six times between 2007 and 2012.

Surprise: Sam Elliott, “1883”

While mothership “Yellowstone” was snubbed by a SAG Award nomination, its prequel series scored a nod: Sam Elliott, for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a TV Movie or Limited Series. This represents the first lead acting nomination for “1883,” which received three nods in the craft category at the Primetime Emmys. And it’s only the second SAG nod for Elliott, who was previously nominated for “A Star Is Born” in 2019.

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