The 2018 SAG Award nominations were announced on Wednesday morning, December 13, and in an unexpected development “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” leads with four nominations. “Lady Bird” follows close behind with three. “The Big Sick,” “Get Out,” “Mudbound,” “I, Tonya,” and “The Shape of Water” have two apiece. Check out the complete list of nominations here.
“Three Billboards” contends for its ensemble cast and for lead actress Frances McDormand as a grieving mother who clashes with the local police force that has failed to solve her daughter’s murder. Sam Rockwell and surprise nominee Woody Harrelson are up for their supporting roles as cops on that police force.
“Lady Bird” is also nominated in the top category. The coming-of-age comedy also earned a bid for Saoirse Ronan as the title character who tries to decide her future during her senior year at a Sacramento high school. Supporting actress Laurie Metcalf picked up the film’s third nom as Ronan’s mother.
The SAG Awards spread the wealth, so nothing else is nominated in more than two races. After its complete shutout at the Golden Globes, the romantic comedy “The Big Sick” rebounded with nominations for its cast and for its supporting performance by Holly Hunter. “Mudbound” is up for the same two awards for its cast and for supporting actress Mary J. Blige. The ensemble of “Get Out” also received a nom in the top race in addition to Daniel Kaluuya for his leading role.
Two other films received a pair of individual acting noms. “The Shape of Water” missed out on the top category but was singled out for the individual performances of lead actress Sally Hawkins and supporting performer Richard Jenkins. And “I, Tonya” was cited for lead actress Margot Robbie and supporting actress Allison Janney.
The SAG Awards are especially important in the Oscar race as no film since “Braveheart” (1995) has won Best Picture without at least a nomination for its ensemble at the SAG Awards. These nominations were decided by a panel of 2,500 randomly selected members of the Screen Actors Guild‐American Federation of Television and Radio Artists union. The winners will be determined by the entire membership of about 121,000 industry professionals. The awards will be handed out during a live telecast hosted by Kristen Bell on Sunday, January 21.