The 30th Screen Actors Guild Award nominations were announced today and while many people woke up happy today with great news, others were left out in some of the morning’s biggest snubs while other inclusions represented big surprises at the SAG Awards.

May December

The movie has been a hit with critics and a presence during awards season; but the film received zero SAG nominations. The biggest snub from this film was Charles Melton. He emerged as a potential favorite in this category for an Oscar nomination. Melton also missed the BAFTA longlist, so it will be interesting to see if he is losing momentum ahead of the Academy Award nominations. Also missing the cut here were Julianne Moore in the Supporting Actress category; as well as Natalie Portman as a more longshot chance for a Best Actress nomination.

Poor Things

Emma Stone is present and accounted for in the Lead Actress category. As is Willem Dafoe in the Supporting Actor field but Mark Ruffalo missed out in that category; despite garnering more attention this awards season and arguably having the flashier role. Another snub for Poor Things is in Cast Ensemble; a nomination the offbeat film seemed just right for given its eclectic ensemble cast.

The Iron Claw

Despite great reviews and critics really rallying behind Zac Efron for a nomination; the actor missed out on the leading field, which could mean his Oscar chances are shot as well. The cast was also more than worthy of an ensemble nomination but the film wasn’t recognized there either. It’s a real shame that A24 didn’t campaign harder for this project because it feels like a real missed opportunity that it’s not showing up much at all this awards season.

The Holdovers

Paul Giamatti and Da’Vine Joy Randolph earned expected and deserved nominations but Dominic Sessa, in a very impressive feature film debut, missed out in the supporting actor category while the film also wasn’t represented in the ensemble field. There are whispers that missing out in the ensemble category could hurt its chances for a Best Picture nomination but it shouldn’t be counted out just yet, although missing here is a bit of a surprise.

Leonardo DiCaprio

Killers of the Flower Moon earned an ensemble nomination as well as a Lead Actress notice for Lily Gladstone and a supporting nod for Robert De Niro but nothing individually for DiCaprio. He earns a nomination being a part of the film’s ensemble but he also had a shot in the Lead Actor category. It’s honestly a pretty stacked field that has been in and out of so his exclusion, while a tad surprising, wasn’t totally unexpected.

The Color Purple

The movie adaptation of the popular Broadway musical just increased its Best Picture Oscar nomination chances with its ensemble nomination at SAG. Danielle Brooks was an expected nomination in the Supporting Actress field but the ensemble nomination was up in the air. Showing up here certainly puts it back in the game.

Greta Lee

So many people have been rooting for Greta Lee since they laid their eyes on the beautifully crafted Past Lives but she missed out in the Leading Actress category. The movie should still show up come Oscar nomination day but it appears that Lee is more of a critic’s favorite, although much like the Best Actor race, it’s a very competitive field.

Sandra Hüller

Much like Greta Lee, Sandra Hüller has received a groundswell of support for her performance in Anatomy of a Fall. However, due to a very crowded field, she missed out in the Leading Actress category. This is one of those performances that could still show up on Oscar nomination day as a surprise but missing SAG does hurt her chances.

Penelope Cruz

This one isn’t a snub but more of a pleasant surprise. Even in mixed reviews for Ferrari, Cruz has earned raves for her supporting turn in the film and some were wondering why she hasn’t been a part of the conversation this awards season. Today’s SAG nomination in the Supporting Actress category certainly increases her chances for an Oscar nomination.

Sterling K. Brown

Another surprise inclusion, Sterling K. Brown has received stellar critical notices for his role in American Fiction but he wasn’t completely present during awards season. Today’s SAG nomination in the Supporting Actor field, much like Cruz, puts him firmly in this race toward Oscar.


While the film has been very polarizing, the performances have been well-received. The movie didn’t show up at all for SAG. Barry Keoghan certainly had a shot in the Lead Actor race. The film’s ensemble seemed primed for acknowledgement as a whole but wasn’t present in that category as well.

Winners for the 30th Screen Actors Guild Awards will be announced on Saturday, Feb. 24, at the Shine Auditorium & Expo Hall in Los Angeles and the ceremony will stream exclusively for the first time on Netflix.

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