Scarlett Johansson and Nicole Kidman will have two chances to win Sunday night at the 26th Screen Actors Guild Awards, but the award show’s ability to forecast the Oscars looks cloudy.
Among the films vying for the screen actorsâ€™ top honor, best ensemble, are Oscar heavyweights â€œOnce Upon a Time … in Hollywoodâ€ and â€œThe Irishman.â€ They are competing with â€œParasiteâ€ (only the second foreign language nominee after â€œLife Is Beautiful,” which received a nod in 1999), â€œJojo Rabbitâ€ and â€œBombshell.â€
Because actors make up the largest percentage of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, their picks are closely watched. But the last two years, the SAG ensemble winner has not gone on to win best picture: â€œBlack Pantherâ€ last year and â€œThree Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouriâ€ in 2018.
Two of this yearâ€™s top best-picture contenders at the Oscars – â€œJoker,â€ more of a one-man show, and â€œ1917,â€ more acclaimed for its technical acumen – werenâ€™t nominated for best ensemble. On Saturday, â€œ1917â€ won top honors at the highly predictive Producers Guild Awards, which 21 of the last 30 years has lined up with the eventual best picture winner.
The Screen Actors Guild Awards will begin at 8 p.m. EST and be broadcast live on TNT and TBS from the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles.
Coming three weeks ahead of the Oscars, it will be an early test for the chances of the Academy Awards front-runners, among them RenÃ©e Zellweger, Joaquin Phoenix, Brad Pitt and Laura Dern. Johansson is a nominee for both â€œMarriage Storyâ€ and â€œJojo Rabbit,â€ as is Kidman for â€œBombshellâ€ and the HBO series â€œBig Little Lies.â€
That show is one of the nominees for best drama series ensemble, along with â€œThe Crown,â€ â€œGame of Thrones,â€ â€œThe Handmaidâ€™s Taleâ€ and â€œStranger Things.â€ Up for comedy series ensemble are â€œBarry,â€ â€œFleabag,â€ â€œThe Kominsky Method,â€ â€œThe Marvelous Mrs. Maiselâ€ and â€œSchittâ€™s Creek.â€ Apple TV Plusâ€™ â€œThe Morning Showâ€ also landed three nominations, for Jennifer Aniston, Steve Carell and Billy Crudup.