LOS ANGELES (REUTERS) - Musical drama remake A Star Is Born led a wide range of contenders for the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Awards on Wednesday (Dec 12), landing four nominations, including best movie ensemble.
The film will compete for SAG's top movie prize in a diverse group that includes superhero movie Black Panther, romantic comedy Crazy Rich Asians, rock biopic Bohemian Rhapsody and director Spike Lee's historical drama BlacKkKlansman.
A Star Is Born, released by AT&T's Warner Bros, features Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga in a classic story about a young woman trying to make it in the music business.
Both actors were nominated for individual awards for their performances.
The SAG awards are closely watched as an indicator of likely Oscar success because actors form the largest voting group in the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
In the last 23 years, only one film has won the best picture Oscar without being nominated for SAG’s top ensemble prize, last year’s The Shape Of Water.
SAG award winners will be announced on Jan 27 at a televised ceremony in Los Angeles.
Black Panther and Crazy Rich Asians were both heralded this year as milestones for diversity in Hollywood, which has faced criticism for under-representation of actors and filmmakers of colour.
Black Panther was the first big-budget superhero movie to star a predominantly black cast, while Crazy Rich Asians was the first film with an all-Asian ensemble cast from a major Hollywood studio in 25 years.
Vice, which garnered the most Golden Globe nominations, was shut out of SAG's best ensemble film race, although stars Christian Bale and Amy Adams were nominated for their roles as former vice-president Dick Cheney and his wife, Lynne.
Other actors nominated for leading roles included Rami Malek for playing Queen lead singer Freddie Mercury in Bohemian Rhapsody, Viggo Mortensen for road-trip comedic drama Green Book and John David Washington for BlacKkKlansman.
In the running for lead actress were Emily Blunt in the musical sequel Mary Poppins Returns, Glenn Close for drama The Wife, Olivia Colman for British historical comedy The Favourite and Melissa McCarthy in Can You Ever Forgive Me?
SAG also announced nominations for the year's best in television.
Amazon.com comedy The Marvelous Mrs Maisel and Netflix drama Ozark topped the list with four nods each.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0vHziRrCYqA
Black Panther and Mary Poppins Returns were released by Walt Disney. Bohemian Rhapsody, The Favourite and Can You Ever Forgive Me? were distributed by Twenty-First Century Fox.
Warner Bros released Crazy Rich Asians, The Wife was distributed by Sony Corp and privately-held Annapurna Pictures released Vice.
The following is a list of key nominations:
FILM: BEST ENSEMBLE CAST IN A MOTION PICTURE
A Star is Born
Crazy Rich Asians
Christian Bale, Vice
Bradley Cooper, A Star is Born
Rami Malek, Bohemian Rhapsody
Viggo Mortensen, Green Book
John David Washington, BlacKkKlansman
Emily Blunt, Mary Poppins Returns
Glenn Close, The Wife
Olivia Colman, The Favourite
Lady Gaga, A Star is Born
Melissa McCarthy, Can You Ever Forgive Me?
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
Mahershala Ali, Green Book
Timothee Chalamet, Beautiful Boy
Adam Driver, BlacKkKlansman
Sam Elliott, A Star is Born
Richard E. Grant, Can You Ever Forgive Me?
BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Amy Adams, Vice
Emily Blunt, A Quiet Place
Margot Robbie, Mary Queen of Scots
Emma Stone, The Favourite
Rachel Weisz, The Favourite
TELEVISION: BEST DRAMA SERIES
Better Call Saul
The Handmaid’s Tale
This is Us
BEST DRAMA ACTOR
Jason Bateman, Ozark
Sterling K. Brown, This is Us
Joseph Fiennes, The Handmaid’s Tale
John Krasinski, Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan
Bob Odenkirk, Better Call Saul
BEST DRAMA ACTRESS
Julia Garner, Ozark
Laura Linney, Ozark
Elisabeth Moss, The Handmaid’s Tale
Sandra Oh, Killing Eve
Robin Wright, House of Cards
BEST COMEDY SERIES
The Kominsky Method
The Marvelous Mrs Maisel
BEST COMEDY ACTOR
Alan Arkin, The Kominsky Method
Michael Douglas, The Kominsky Method
Bill Hader, Barry
Tony Shaloub, The Marvelous Mrs Maisel
Henry Winkler, Barry
BEST COMEDY ACTRESS
Alex Borstein, The Marvelous Mrs Maisel
Alison Brie, Glow
Rachel Brosnahan, The Marvelous Mrs Maisel
Jane Fonda, Grace and Frankie
Lily Tomlin, Grace and Frankie
BEST ACTOR, LIMITED SERIES/TV MOVIE
Antonio Banderas, Genius: Picasso
Darren Criss, The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story
Hugh Grant, A Very English Scandal
Anthony Hopkins, King Lear
Bill Pullman, The Sinner
BEST ACTRESS, LIMITED SERIES/TV MOVIE
Amy Adams, Sharp Objects
Patricia Arquette, Escape at Dannemora
Patricia Clarkson, Sharp Objects
Penelope Cruz, The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story
Emma Stone, Maniac