There’s no other way to say it: Netflix is the queen of the 2018 SAG Awards. Buoyed by its nominations for strong female roles, the streaming giant earned two film bids and 19 television noms at the 24th Screen Actors Guild Awards. Its closest competitor was HBO with 12 citations. Netflix’s domination included a whopping five bids for ensemble casts: “Mudbound” in film, “The Crown” and “Stranger Things” in TV drama, and “GLOW” and “Orange is the New Black” in TV comedy.
Mary J. Blige scored an individual supporting nomination for her role as Florence Jackson, the mother of a black WWII veteran in “Mudbound.” This is Blige’s first career SAG nomination, as she’s mostly known as a music artist. She previously won nine Grammys across multiple genres like R&B, rap, pop and gospel.
For TV dramas, these four Netflix actresses all earned nominations: Millie Bobby Brown (“Stranger Things”), Claire Foy (“The Crown”), Robin Wright, “House of Cards”) and Laura Linney (“Ozark”). Their male counterparts Jason Bateman (“Ozark”) and David Harbour (“Stranger Things”) were also recognized.
Of this group, only Foy and Linney have previously taken home individual SAG Awards — Foy for “The Crown” at last year’s ceremony and Linney for “John Adams” in 2009. Meanwhile, both Brown and Harbour won ensemble prizes last year when “Stranger Things” took home the cast honor.
For TV comedies, another four actresses came away with SAG nominations: Uzo Aduba (“Orange Is the New Black”), Alison Brie (“GLOW”), Jane Fonda (“Grace & Frankie”) and Lily Tomlin (“Grace & Frankie”). Netflix male leads Aziz Ansari (“Master of None”) and Marc Maron (“GLOW”) also heard their names called.
Aduba has amassed five SAG Awards in the past few years, winning for individual achievements in 2015-2016, and ensemble work in 2015-2017. Brie took home a trophy when the entire “Mad Men” ensemble prevailed in 2009. And Tomlin has never received a competitive SAG trophy, though she was honored with the most recent Life Achievement Award.
Rounding out Netflix’s 2018 SAG nominations, Jeff Daniels (“Godless”) earned a bid for his new miniseries, while “GLOW” and “Stranger Things” reaped additional notices for their stunt ensembles.
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