Patricia Arquette, Rami Malek, Sterling K. Brown and others react to their SAG Award nominations

Laverne Cox, left, and Awkwafina announce the 2019 Screen Actors Guild Award nominees in West Hollywood on Wednesday.
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SAG-AFTRA, which will host the 25th Screen Actors Guild Awards next month to honor on-screen talent in both film and television, announced acting nominees across eight television categories and five film categories on Wednesday morning. The nominations, though, sparked criticism about diversity because mostly white actors and actresses were recognized.

The musical drama “A Star Is Born” led the film nominations with four nods, recognizing actors Bradley Cooper, Lady Gaga, Sam Elliott and the entire ensemble cast. The racially fueled “BlacKkKlansman” and aristocracy comedy “The Favourite” trailed it with three nominations apiece.

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On the television side, Amazon’s period comedy “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” and Netflix’s crime thriller “Ozark” led with four nominations apiece, while “Barry,” “Glow,” “The Handmaid’s Tale” and “The Kominsky Method” tied at three.

Some of those who were nominated basked in the recognition, acknowledging the peer-reviewed honorific on social media and through prepared statements. Here’s what they had to say:

Patricia Arquette (“Escape at Dannemora”), female actor in a television movie or limited series:

Darren Criss (“The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story”), actor in a TV movie or limited series:


Anthony Hopkins (“King Lear”), actor in a TV movie or limited series:

Awkwafina (“Crazy Rich Asians”), cast in a motion picture:

Director Jon M. Chu (“Crazy Rich Asians”), cast in a motion picture:


Alison Brie (“Glow”), female actor in a comedy series:

Richard E. Grant (“The Sinner”), male actor in a supporting role:


Jason Butler Harner (“Ozark”), ensemble in a drama series:

Sterling K. Brown (“Black Panther” and “This Is Us”), motion picture cast, actor in a drama series and drama ensemble:

Susan Kelechi Watson (“This Is Us”), ensemble in a drama series:


Antonio Banderas (“Genius: Picasso”), actor in a TV movie or limited series:

Rami Malek (“Bohemian Rhapsody”), actor in a leading role and cast in a motion picture:

“It is a profound privilege and honor to be recognized alongside my exceptional cast by our peers. Thank you SAG-AFTRA.”

John David Washington (“BlacKkKlansman”), actor in a leading role and cast in a motion picture:

“Thank you SAG-AFTRA for this honor. Most importantly because in doing so you are recognizing Ron Stallworth, a man whose bravery and ingenuity fought racism at its core. To Spike [Lee], Ron, cast and crew — I will never forget this experience we had together. Love you all.”


Michael Douglas (“The Kominsky Method”), actor in a comedy series and ensemble in a comedy series:

“Such an honor to be recognized as a comedy actor by my peers along with my co-star Alan Arkin and our entire ensemble.”

Robin Wright (“House of Cards”), female actor in a drama series:

“I would like to thank the members of SAG-AFTRA. I am deeply honored and grateful to be recognized by my peers this year and to be amongst such great talent.”

Julia Garner (“Ozark”), female actor in a drama series and ensemble in a drama series:

“Wow thank you thank you! All amazing women. Still can’t believe this!” (Instagram)


Jason Bateman (“Ozark”), male actor in a drama series and ensemble in a drama series:

“I’m so excited for the whole OZARK family — but particularly for Laura [Linney] and Julia [Garner]. Their talent and leadership drives our every episode. Thank you, from all of us, to the SAG voters!”

Hugh Grant (“A Very English Scandal”), actor in a TV movie or limited series:

“It’s extremely kind of my fellow SAG- AFTRA members to nominate me. I’m very grateful and boosted. The series tells the story of the most venal, criminally stupid and self-destructive thing ever to have been perpetrated in the House of Commons. Ok - second most.”

Mahershala Ali (“Green Book”), actor in a supporting role:

“I’d like to thank the screen actors guild for recognizing our work on Green Book. It was an honor collaborating with Pete Farrelly, Viggo Mortensen and our entire cast and crew. I’m sincerely humbled that our efforts have captured the attention of our cherished peers.”


Viggo Mortensen (“Green Book”), actor in a leading role:

“I am grateful that my work has been considered worthy of being included in the company of such fine artists. It is at once humbling and encouraging to be acknowledged by our peers. Acting in Peter Farrelly’s GREEN BOOK was an unforgettable collaborative experience. This was especially true of my partnership with Mahershala Ali, and I look forward to representing our movie with him at the SAG Awards.”

Bob Odenkirk (“Better Call Saul”), actor in a drama series and ensemble in a drama series:

“I am crazy thrilled to receive this attention from my fellow actors, it’s a real honor! And it’s made especially sweet as our amazing ensemble is also being recognized for their tremendous work. Everybody in this cast makes me a better actor.

“My thanks to SAG-AFTRA members for this nomination.”

Joseph Fiennes (“The Handmaid’s Tale”), actor in a drama series and ensemble in a drama series:

“SAG’s recognition of actors direct from its own community is the biggest and best honour I could imagine, I’m incredibly grateful and proud to be nominated along with our amazing cast!”


Stunt coordinator Shauna Duggins (“Glow”), action performance by a stunt ensemble in a comedy or drama series:

“We are honored and grateful to be nominated by our peers and stand alongside such a talented group of stunt ensembles, and are so fortunate to work with such talented writers, producers, directors and a cast and crew that build an environment that allows us to create and succeed.”

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