Fascinating factoids plucked from the list of 2020 SAG Awards nominees, including real-life characters and actors we lost

For those who like stats, here is a bounty of facts and figures about the nominees for the 2020 SAG Awards, which will air on TBS and TNT on Sunday, January 19, at 8 p.m. ET/ 5 p.m. PT.

There is always a first-timer’s club for participants of showbiz honors. Here is the list of TV and film performers getting their first chance ever to compete for an individual Screen Actors Guild Award at the 26th annual event:

Jodie Comer (“Killing Eve”)
Taron Egerton (“Rocketman”)
Cynthia Erivo (“Harriet”)
Scarlett Johansson (“Marriage Story,” Jojo Rabbit”)
Joey King (“The Act”)
Jennifer Lopez (“Hustlers”)
Joe Pesci (“The Irishman”)
Andrew Scott (“Fleabag”)
Phoebe Waller-Bridge (“Fleabag”)

Some nominees are keeping it all in the family. Bruce Dern is part of the ensemble nomination for “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” while daughter Laura Dern is up for both her lawyer role in the film “Marriage Story” and as part of the TV ensemble for “Big Little Lies.” Meanwhile, Eugene Levy shares the ensemble nomination for TV’s “Schitt’s Creek” with his co-stars, daughter Sarah and son Daniel.

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Sadly, there are two posthumous nominations, one for film ensemble and one for TV ensemble. Luke Perry, whose last role on the big screen was as “Lancer” TV star Wayne Maunder in “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood,” died on March 4, 2019. Brian Tarantina, who played Jackie the emcee at the Gaslight comedy club on “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel,” died on November 2, 2019. He appears on the current third season of the Amazon Prime show as well.

And in a case of truth being stranger than fiction, here are the 19 individual contenders — 10 for film, nine for TV — who are nominated for portraying real people. On the film side:

Cynthia Erivo (“Harriet”) — Harriet Tubman
Charlize Theron (“Bombshell) — Megyn Kelly
Renee Zellweger (“Judy”) — Judy Garland
Christian Bale (“Ford v Ferrari”) — Ken Miles
Taron Egerton (“Rocketman”) — Elton John
Nicole Kidman (“Bombshell”) — “Gretchen Carlson
Jamie Foxx (“Just Mercy”) — Walter McMillian
Tom Hanks (“A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood”) — Fred Rogers
Al Pacino (“The Irishman”) — Jimmy Hoffa
Joe Pesci (“The Irishman”) — Russell Bufalino

SEE 2020 SAG Awards nominations: Full list of Screen Actors Guild Awards nominees

And on the TV side:

Helena Bonham Carter (“The Crown”) — Princess Margaret
Olivia Colman (“The Crown”) — Queen Elizabeth II
Patricia Arquette (“The Act”) — Dee Dee Blanchard
Joey King (“The Act”) — Gypsy Rose Blanchard
Michelle Williams (“Fosse/Verdon”) — Gwen Verdon
Russell Crowe (“The Loudest Voice”) — Roger Ailes
Jared Harris (“Chernobyl”) — Valery Legasov
Jharrel Jerome (“When The See Us”) — Korey Wise
Sam Rockwell (“Fosse/Verdon”) — Bob Fosse

One last oddity: Both John Lithgow (“Bombshell,” film ensemble) and Crowe (“The Loudest Mouth”) play Fox News honcho Ailes in their nominated roles.

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