The SAG Awards serve up laurels for actors and ensemble casts working in television and film as voted by their peers. The awards show, hosted by “The Good Place” star Kristen Bell, will take place on Jan. 21.
Wednesday’s announcement of the Screen Actors Guild Award nominations suggested fewer shocks and more sea changes, with a new television powerhouse arising and comedy getting a makeover. Here are five of the most surprising tidbits from the nominations:
1. There was a significant changing of the guard in television comedy, with “Modern Family” and “The Big Bang Theory” both getting completely shut out of Wednesday’s nominations. It’s the first time “The Big Bang Theory” has missed an ensemble nomination since 2011 and the first time “Modern Family” has ever been snubbed in the category since the show’s debut in 2009.
2. Netflix dominated with 19 overall nods for television — with an additional two for film — far outpacing HBO, in second place with 12. The most noteworthy aspect of Netflix’s newfound ascendancy is how widespread it is. The streaming giant scored four nominations in both female acting categories, with the eight nominations going to actresses from seven different shows. Netflix’s power even went so far as to boost some of its more under-the-radar series, including nods for women’s wrestling comedy “GLOW,” backwoods thriller “Ozark” and Jeff Daniels in “Godless.”
“Does this mean I DON’T have to bury 2017 in the back yard?? Thank you, Alabama!!!!”
That Twitter quip came from Chris Evans, the “Avengers” actor who was among the many blue-state celebrities celebrating Democrat Doug Jones’ victory Tuesday night over Republican Roy Moore in traditionally red state Alabama. The senatorial contest attracted national attention after Moore was accused of sexual misconduct involving teenage girls while in his 30s.
Cher, always outspoken, didn’t get to use the “mean” material she had ready in case Jones lost. And she was too stunned to celebrate as she had planned. Instead, she tweeted, “I WAS GOING TO JUMP ON MY BED,DANCE AROUND,BUT I CANT MOVE… OH GOD HE WON.”
Love and decency prevails. Thank you Alabama! The black folks of Alabama saved the day. They should seriously get priority space at the table. pic.twitter.com/5vxMfJEQgY
Harry Styles earned heartthrob bonus points Tuesday night when he stepped in at the last minute to host “The Late Late Show” for James Corden.
Corden tweeted Tuesday night that he and his wife had welcomed “a beautiful baby daughter” into the world and that both she and his wife were doing great. He also thanked Styles for stepping in to host the show on a mere 2 1/2-hours’ notice.
The Screen Actors Guild nominations generally don’t deliver giant head-scratchers on the level of the Golden Globes nods, but this morning’s announcement still had its share of surprises. Here are the top five:
—After earning six Golden Globe nominations on Monday, Steven Spielberg’s timely Pentagon Papers drama “The Post” was completely shut out by SAG. Neither perennial awards favorites Meryl Streep, who plays Washington Post publisher Katharine Graham, nor Tom Hanks, who plays editor Ben Bradlee, made the cut, and the film was a no-show in the ensemble category.
—Guillermo del Toro’s fantastical romance “The Shape of Water,” which led the field with seven Golden Globes nods, pulled in two SAG nominations, for lead actress Sally Hawkins and supporting actor Richard Jenkins. But Octavia Spencer, who earned a Globes nomination for her performance in the film, was left out by SAG and the film, which also boasts strong performances by Michael Shannon and Michael Stuhlbarg, failed to score a nod in the ensemble category.
The Library of Congress has added 25 new movies to its National Film Registry — an eclectic mix that spans 1905 to 2000 and includes “Dumbo” and “The Goonies.”
The 2017 selections, announced Wednesday, bring the number of films in the registry to 725. Each year, 25 new films that are “culturally, historically or aesthetically” significant — and at least 10 years old — are added to the collection. This year, 5,200 titles were nominated by the public, but the selections were ultimately made by Library specialists and the National Film Preservation Board.
In keeping with Hollywood’s current obsession with superheroes, 1978’s “Superman” — which, like “The Goonies” was directed by Richard Donner — made the cut this year.
The Keaton Jones story started out so simple over the weekend: Kid makes a video about being bullied. Video goes viral. Kid gets support far and wide, including all sorts of cool invitations from famous people in sports and entertainment.
Then it got complicated: There was talk of racism. Accusations of opportunistic and fraudulent fund-raising. Even cruel social media commentary that portrayed Keaton as the character Sloth from “The Goonies,” bringing the bullying full circle.
“I knew that it could be great, and I knew that it could be awful,” Keaton’s mom, Kimberly, said on “CBS This Morning” on Tuesday. “And it has been.”
48 hours into this story and a backlash has begun. We’re introduced to the inevitable grey area of a situation. The unified take begins to splinter under its own weight.
Jada Pinkett Smith is not taking the omission of her film and its breakout star (Tiffany Haddish) from Monday’s Golden Globe nominations lightly. The “Girls Trip” star took to Twitter on Tuesday to voice her discontent, alleging that the Hollywood Foreign Press Assn. did not even watch the film.
“I'm not upset about @TiffanyHaddish or @GirlsTripMovie not getting a [nomination]... I'm discouraged about the fact that the Hollywood Foreign Press/@goldenglobes wouldn't even WATCH the movie,” she wrote.
Girls Trip was one of the most successful films this summer & Tiff was hands down the funniest person on screen in 2017 and we couldn't get eyes on the film or a press conference. How could a nom happen & how much more critical acclaim must a movie have to simply get a screening?
“Girls Trip” stars Pinkett Smith, Haddish, Queen Latifah and Regina Hall as a group of friends reconnecting, after years apart, on a trip to New Orleans’ annual Essence Music Festival. The film, which pulled $115 million at the box office, received positive reviews while Haddish’s performance was likened to that of Melissa McCarthy in “Bridesmaids.” (Although McCarthy did not receive a Golden Globe nomination for that performance, it did land her an Oscar nomination.)