“I think it is hard to overstate how huge it is that a film that’s not in the English language is able to get into SAG Ensemble,” proclaims Kevin Jacobsen of “Parasite’s” surprise inclusion in the category. Indeed, the Korean-language thriller became just the second foreign film to snag a bid in the Screen Actors Guild’s top movie race (following Italy’s “Life is Beautiful” in 1998), and Jacobsen believes it could be a sign of things to come at the Oscars. “I have to imagine this is a major, major boost to its Best Picture chances,” he adds.
Jacobsen recently joined fellow Gold Derby contributors Luca Giliberti and myself for a deep dive into this years SAG film nominations. Watch the full 38-minute slugfest above.
Bong Joon Ho‘s Palme d’Or winner joins Jay Roach‘s “Bombshell,” Martin Scorsese‘s “The Irishman,” Taika Waititi‘s “Jojo Rabbit” and Quentin Tarantino‘s “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” in SAG Ensemble. Surprisingly, it was the only ensemble contender to not receive any individual acting nominations. “Bombshell,” “Irishman” and “Hollywood” all lead the way with four total bids, with Noah Baumbach‘s “Marriage Story” close behind with three (although, shockingly, not in the main category).
Besides “Parasite,” the biggest surprise was the strong showing for “Bombshell,” which snagged an out-of-nowhere Supporting Actress bid for Nicole Kidman in addition to widely predicted noms for Charlize Theron in lead and Margot Robbie in supporting. It was a shock, given the “rumors that the screeners hadn’t gotten to SAG voters on time,” Giliberti explains. “But I always had a feeling that if ‘Bombshell’ was going to over perform here, Nicole Kidman would get nominated. She’s been nominated so many times at the SAG awards.” (11 times in total, to be exact, including a win for “Big Little Lies.”)
So what wins? Jacobsen is picking “Parasite,” while Giliberti and I are going with “Hollywood,” simply because, as I joke, “it’s got every member of SAG-AFTRA in the cast.” But if these nominations prove anything, it’s to expect the unexpected.
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