In the entertainment business, the end of the year means one of two things: lists and awards. This is a story about the former. Along with the release of the Golden Globe nominations this week, Hollywood’s acting union has added to the conversation with their list of awards contenders for the 24th annual Screen Actors Guild Awards. Like the Globes, certain horror titles rose to the surface as Get Out and The Shape of Water remain locked in a pitched battle for potential Oscar glory. Meanwhile, on TV, Stranger Things continues to turn the awards circuit upside down.
While Martin McDonagh’s Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri was the most nominated film with four nods, Get Out and The Shape of Water took two nominations each across a variety of different categories, thus assuring that they’re not in direct competition. Get Out, Jordan Peele’s racially-charged directorial debut was nominated for Best Actor for Daniel Kaluuya, and Best Ensemble, the SAG equivalent of Best Picture. The Shape of Water, on the other hand, has SAG Award nods for Sally Hawkins for Best Actress, and Richard Jenkins for Best Supporting Actor.
But for all our favourite horror nominees these are tough races. Hawkins’ faces off against Three Billboards’ Frances McDormand, who’s most oddsmakers are considered the shoo-in for most, if not all, the major acting awards, SAG included. Jenkins will face-off against McDormand’s co-stars Woody Harrelson and Sam Rockwell, and the cast of Get Out will have to fight the cast of Three Billboards for the Best Ensemble trophy. (Not to mention the casts of Big Sick, Mudbound, and Ladybird.) On his own, Kaluuya will have to get past Oscar-favourite Denzel Washington (Roman J. Israel, ESQ), Oscar hopeful Gary Oldman (The Darkest Hour), and Tommy Wissau-impersonator James Franco (The Disaster Artist) to take Best Actor.
As for Stranger Things, it’s tied with another Netflix show, GLOW, for four SAG Award nominations. Along with Best Ensemble for a TV Drama, David Harbour and Millie Bobby Brown were singled out for Best Actor and Actress nominations respectively. Brown will be in the same race as Elisabeth Moss, who was nominated for a very different horror story, Hulu’s The Handmaid’s Tale.
The SAG Awards, which are chosen by the 16,000 members of the Screen Actors Guild, will be handed out on January 21 with Kristen Bell hosting the festivities.