“Marriage Story” was the only film to nab three individual Screen Actors Guild Awards nominations on Wednesday — for leads Adam Driver and Scarlett Johansson, and supporting actress Laura Dern — but it was MIA in ensemble. The snub gives the Netflix drama the dubious honor of being the seventh film to miss the ensemble cut with at least three individual bids.
The ensemble category was added at the second SAG Awards ceremony. Since then, these are the only triple-nominee films to get paid dust in ensemble are:
1. “Jerry Maguire” (1996): actor (Tom Cruise), supporting actor (Cuba Gooding Jr. — winner), supporting actress (Renee Zellweger)
2. “As Good as It Gets” (1997): actor (Jack Nicholson — winner), actress (Helen Hunt — winner), supporting actor (Greg Kinnear)
3. “The Contender” (2000): actress (Joan Allen), two supporting actors (Jeff Bridges and Gary Oldman)
4. “Michael Clayton” (2007): actor (George Clooney), supporting actor (Tom Wilkinson), supporting actress (Tilda Swinton)
5. “Up in the Air” (2009): actor (George Clooney), two supporting actresses (Vera Farmiga and Anna Kendrick)
6. “The Favourite” (2018): actress (Olivia Colman); two supporting actresses (Emma Stone and Rachel Weisz)
“Marriage Story” felt like a can’t-miss in ensemble, with very bait-y performances from star-studded cast that also includes Alan Alda, Ray Liotta, and well-liked character actors and veterans like Merritt Wever, Wallace Shawn and Julie Hagerty. But it was edged out by another Johansson flick, “Jojo Rabbit,” “Bombshell,” “The Irishman,” “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” and “Parasite.” “Parasite” is arguably the most surprising, as it is just the second foreign-language film to get an ensemble bid after “Life Is Beautiful” (1998).
But “Marriage Story” can look at the silver lining: The last two Best Picture Oscar champs, “The Shape of Water” (2017) and “Green Book” (2018), were skunked in ensemble as well (the latter is probably more explainable as a primary two-hander, but then “Beasts of No Nation” made it in four years ago with a whopping ensemble of… three). Maybe it’s a new trend.