SAG Awards 2022: 'House of Gucci,' 'The Power of the Dog' lead nominations with three each

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In the first real look at the likely contenders at this year's Academy Awards, "House of Gucci" and "The Power of the Dog" lead the way with three Screen Actors Guild nominations each.

The nominees for the 28th annual SAG Awards (airing live on TNT and TBS, Feb. 27 at 8 p.m. EST/5 PST) were announced Wednesday morning on Instagram Live by Rosario Dawson and Vanessa Hudgens. In an already-weird Oscar season because of the omicron variant, the SAGs take on new influence and importance – not just because actors are the largest voting body in the Academy but also because of general disinterest in the recent Golden Globe Awards.

"Power of the Dog" and "West Side Story" – which both picked up Globe wins for best drama and best musical or comedy, respectively – were shut out of the best cast category (the SAG equivalent of Oscars' best picture). Instead, "Belfast," "CODA," "Don't Look Up," "Gucci" and "King Richard" will be competing for the top prize.

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Lady Gaga stars as Patrizia Reggiani in Ridley Scott’s "House of Gucci."
Lady Gaga stars as Patrizia Reggiani in Ridley Scott’s "House of Gucci."

The best male actor race includes Javier Bardem ("Being the Ricardos"), Benedict Cumberbatch ("The Power of the Dog"), Andrew Garfield ("tick, tick ... BOOM!"), Will Smith ("King Richard") and Denzel Washington ("The Tragedy of Macbeth"). Up for best female actor are Jessica Chastain ("The Eyes of Tammy Faye"), Olivia Colman ("The Lost Daughter"), Lady Gaga ("House of Gucci"), Jennifer Hudson ("Respect") and Nicole Kidman ("Being the Ricardos").

Gaga's co-star Jared Leto is up for supporting male actor with Ben Affleck ("The Tender Bar"), Bradley Cooper ("Licorice Pizza"), Kodi Smit-McPhee ("The Power of the Dog") and Troy Kotsur ("CODA), the first deaf actor to be individually nominated in the awards' 28-year history.

Globe winner Ariana DeBose is the lone "West Side" nominee, up for female supporting actor with Caitriona Balfe ("Belfast"), Cate Blanchett ("Nightmare Alley"), Kirsten Dunst ("The Power of the Dog") and Ruth Negga ("Passing").

A SAG win is more crucial than ever for studios and stars hoping to better their chances on Oscar night. COVID-19 is continuing to postpone or cancel awards shows, luncheons and events, and SAG Awards are handed out two weeks before final voting begins for the March 27 Oscars ceremony.

Among the TV highlights, fan favorite "Ted Lasso" scored five nominations in the comedy categories, including best cast, male actor for Jason Sudeikis and Brett Goldstein, and female actor for Hannah Waddingham and Juno Temple.

HBO's hit "Succession" nabbed five nominations in the drama categories: best cast, best female actor for Sarah Snook, plus Brian Cox, Kieran Culkin and Jeremy Strong taking up most of the male actor contingent. Netflix's popular Korean show "Squid Game" fared well too: In addition to being up for best drama ensemble, it took home actor nominations for Lee Jung-jae and Jung Ho-yeon.

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Here is the complete list of this year's SAG Award nominees:

MOVIES

Ensemble cast

"Belfast"

"Coda"

"Don't Look Up"

"House of Gucci"

"King Richard"

Actress

Jessica Chastain, "The Eyes of Tammy Faye"

Olivia Colman, "The Lost Daughter"

Lady Gaga, "House of Gucci"

Jennifer Hudson, "Respect"

Nicole Kidman, "Being the Ricardos"

Nicole Kidman and Javier Bardem star in Aaron Sorkin's "Being the Ricardos."
Nicole Kidman and Javier Bardem star in Aaron Sorkin's "Being the Ricardos."

Actor

Javier Bardem, "Being the Ricardos"

Benedict Cumberbatch, "The Power of the Dog"

Andrew Garfield, "tick, tick...BOOM!"

Will Smith, "King Richard"

Denzel Washington, "The Tragedy of Macbeth"

Supporting actress

Caitriona Balfe, "Belfast"

Cate Blanchett, "Nightmare Alley"

Ariana DeBose, "West Side Story"

Kirsten Dunst, "The Power of the Dog"

Ruth Negga, "Passing"

Supporting actor

Ben Affleck, "The Tender Bar"

Bradley Cooper, "Licorice Pizza"

Troy Kotsur, "CODA"

Jared Leto, "House of Gucci"

Kodi Smit-McPhee, "The Power of the Dog"

Life Achievement Award

Helen Mirren

Lee Jung-jae plays Gi-hun in "Squid Game," a down-on-his-luck degenerate and gambler who gets tempted to play deadly children's games for millions.
Lee Jung-jae plays Gi-hun in "Squid Game," a down-on-his-luck degenerate and gambler who gets tempted to play deadly children's games for millions.

TELEVISION

Ensemble in a drama series

"The Handmaid's Tale"

"The Morning Show"

"Squid Game"

"Succession"

"Yellowstone"

Ensemble in a comedy series

"The Great"

"Hacks"

"The Kominsky Method"

"Only Murders in the Building"

"Ted Lasso"

Actor in a drama series

Brian Cox, "Succession"

Billy Crudup, "The Morning Show"

Kieran Culkin, "Succession"

Lee Jung-jae, "Squid Game"

Jeremy Strong, "Succession"

Actress in a drama series

Jennifer Aniston, "The Morning Show"

Jung Ho-yeon, "Squid Game"

Elisabeth Moss, "The Handmaid's Tale"

Sarah Snook, "Succession"

Reese Witherspoon, "The Morning Show"

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Jason Sudeikis returns as folksy, positive and motivating soccer coach Ted Lasso in Apple TV+'s sitcom.

Actor in a comedy series

Michael Douglas, "The Kominsky Method"

Brett Goldstein, "Ted Lasso"

Steve Martin, "Only Murders in the Building"

Martin Short, "Only Murders in the Building"

Jason Sudeikis, "Ted Lasso"

Actress in a comedy series

Elle Fanning, "The Great"

Sandra Oh, "The Chair"

Jean Smart, "Hacks"

Juno Temple, "Ted Lasso"

Hannah Waddingham, "Ted Lasso"

Actor in a TV movie or miniseries

Murray Bartlett, "The White Lotus"

Oscar Isaac, "Scenes from a Marriage"

Michael Keaton, "Dopesick"

Ewan McGregor, "Halston"

Evan Peters, "Mare of Easttown"

Actress in a TV movie or miniseries

Jennifer Coolidge, "The White Lotus"

Cynthia Erivo, "Genius: Aretha"

Margaret Qualley, "Maid"

Jean Smart, "Mare of Easttown"

Kate Winslet, "Mare of Easttown"

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