Banshees, Fabelmans and Everything Everywhere All At Once rack up film nominations

Everything Everywhere All At Once starring (from left) Stephanie Hsu, Michelle Yeoh and Ke Huy Quan. PHOTO: MM2 ENTERTAINMENT

LOS ANGELES – The Banshees Of Inisherin, The Fabelmans and Everything Everywhere All At Once racked up key nominations from Hollywood’s actors’ and directors’ unions on Wednesday, as the movie award season begins to take shape.

Coming the morning after the Golden Globes, the nominations from the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) and Directors Guild of America (DGA) are seen as important stepping stones in the race to the Oscars, which take place on March 12.

Banshees and Everything Everywhere each earned five SAG nominations. Both films were shortlisted for “outstanding performance by a cast”, SAG’s most prestigious award, along with The Fabelmans.

Irish tragicomedy Banshees’ nominations included one for Colin Farrell – for actor in a leading role – just hours after his Golden Globes win.

Brendan Gleeson, Barry Keoghan and Kerry Condon were each nominated for their supporting performances as inhabitants of a beautiful, haunted Irish island in the 1920s.

Another Globe winner, Michelle Yeoh, who plays an immigrant laundromat owner in Everything Everywhere, was among SAG’s lead actress nominees.

Ke Huy Quan, Jamie Lee Curtis and Stephanie Hsu also received supporting nominations for the surreal, multiverse-hopping science-fiction film, which became a word-of-mouth indie smash hit in 2022.

The three other films nominated for best cast were Babylon, Women Talking and director Steven Spielberg’s The Fabelmans, which won best drama at Tuesday night’s Globes.

Paul Dano, playing a young Spielberg’s father in the semi-autobiographical drama, was nominated, although his on-screen wife Michelle Williams was surprisingly overlooked by SAG.

The Whale also landed two nominations including for Brendan Fraser, whose comeback performance as a morbidly obese teacher has long been seen as a strong Oscars front runner.

Director Steven Spielberg (centre) poses with the cast of The Fabelmans during the 80th annual Golden Globe Awards on Jan 10. PHOTO: AFP

Also on Wednesday, Hollywood’s directors’ guild revealed an all-male shortlist of five directors for its top film prize.

Spielberg, Banshees director Martin McDonagh, and Everything Everywhere co-directors Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert were again nominated.

They were joined by Todd Field for Tar and Joseph Kosinski with Top Gun: Maverick – although there was no place for James Cameron and his long-awaited sequel Avatar: The Way Of Water.

The 75th annual DGA awards take place on Feb 18, and the 29th annual SAG awards will follow on Feb 26.

The SAG awards will be live-streamed on Netflix’s YouTube page before moving to a new home on Netflix itself from 2024, it was announced on Wednesday.

This positions the SAG awards to compete in an increasingly crowded and challenging awards show circuit.

Awards show ratings have fallen across the board in recent years, and the rival Globes have been rocked by scandal over their organisers’ lack of diversity and alleged ethical shortcomings.

Netflix’s head of global TV Bela Bajaria said: “As we begin to explore live streaming on Netflix, we look forward to partnering with SAG-AFTRA to elevate and expand this special ceremony as a global live event in 2024 and the years to come.” AFP

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