What are the biggest SAG nomination snubs this year?

Most years, the Golden Globe nominations are a free-for-all which ultimately have little bearing on the Oscar races. Most years, the guild awards are much better indicators – the Producers Guild nominations usually match the Best Picture Oscar noms, SAG is a good predictor of the Oscar acting noms, DGA noms are a predictor for Directing Oscar noms and on and on. But this year’s SAG Award nominations are flat-out crazy and the Globes actually had better noms. I was overcome with schadenfreude at the fact that Leo DiCaprio got “snubbed” for a nom for Killers of the Flower Moon, I missed the fact that soooooo many amazing performances were also snubbed. Here’s a list which is by no means comprehensive:

*No Sandra Huller for Anatomy of a Fall. Arguably, Huller gave one of THE acting performances of the year, and before this SAG snub, I would have considered her a low-key threat to Lily Gladstone’s Best Actress chances. You can argue that Anatomy is a “foreign film” and less likely to be seen by a mostly-American guild, but half of the film is in English! I also believe the child actor Milo Machado Graner should have been in the awards mix but apparently no one from Neon thought that.

*No Mark Ruffalo for Poor Things, but Willem Dafoe and Emma Stone did get nominated. I haven’t seen Poor Things yet but I believe the critics who said that Ruffalo’s role is the showier part and that he kills it.

*No Greta Lee or Teo Yoo from Past Lives. I kind of felt like Greta Lee was more of a critics darling and Teo Yoo was definitely not going to get nominated, but still – Greta’s performance was great and blanking Past Lives feels anti-Asian!

*No Charles Melton or anyone from May December. Real talk, I’m sort of fine with Natalie Portman and Julianne Moore being ignored for nominations – while I thought they were both great in May December, they’ve been there and done that and it’s fine. Charles Melton really deserved a lot of love for his role though, he was great and he was already picking up big critics’ awards for the movie. I also sort of think May December should have been considered for ensemble, because it really was a great ensemble performance??

*No Fantasia Barrino or Taraji P. Henson from The Color Purple. I haven’t seen it so I can’t speak on the quality of their performances, but it’s more than possible that The Color Purple simply came out too late for most people to appreciate the performances (Danielle Brooks was nominated, as was the ensemble).

*No Zac Efron for The White Iron Claw. Haven’t seen it, don’t want to, but people say he’s great. Did anyone really expect a nomination though?

* No Leo DiCaprio, which I’m fine with because he was f–king exhausting in KOTFM. That being said, it’s a joke that Leo was snubbed and yet Bradley Cooper got a nomination for Maestro.

*Speaking of KOTFM bulls–t, the film did get a SAG nomination for ensemble, but apparently by some SAG rule/technicality, it’s almost exclusively white actors being recognized for the ensemble and very few of the Native American actors. The Wrap says more than a dozen Native American actors were excluded from the ensemble nomination.

*No Andrew Scott for All Of Us Strangers. Eh. I kind of felt like that might happen.

*No one from Saltburn, which seemingly everyone watched over Christmas. Maybe people thought it was stupid??

*The Gilded Age’s second season got an ensemble nomination but no individual noms. Which I’m sort of fine with? Y’all can rave about Carrie Coon – and she is great in the show – but it’s just a fancy soap opera. Same with Christine Baranski – she’s wonderful on the show, but I’m fine with her not being nominated.

*The eldest boy got snubbed!! It’s insane that Jeremy Strong missed out on a Lead Actor nomination for Succession and yet they nominated Brian Cox (who wasn’t even in the show past the third episode of the last season). While the fourth season really did belong to Kieran Culkin and Sarah Snook, Strong turned in another fantastic performance, as he did every season.

Anyway, we’re currently in the middle of the Oscar-nomination voting period, and the Oscar noms come out on January 23rd. Let’s hope the Oscars correct some of these mistakes.

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  1. Nanea says:

    All of the above, but leaving out Sandra Hüller hurt a lot of people here in Germany.

    But then, France didn’t submit “Anatomy” for the Oscars, because apparently the director Justine Triet said something mean about a man, or some nonsense like that.

    So maybe the SAGs think they didn’t need to acknowledge the film either?

    • Barnabus says:

      Can you honestly champion a performance you haven’t seen?

      And we all know awards are subjective. One might be overlooked in a category but snubbed implies an omission was intentional.

  2. Becks1 says:

    I was surprised that Rosamund Pike didn’t get a nomination for Saltburn. She was so good in that movie. I didn’t think the movie was stupid, it was just more…..well, not what I was expecting. I thought it was going to be more of a satire about the British upper class and the class struggles between the poor and the wealthy and it was…..not that, at least not by the end.

    I am very behind on my movie watching so I have a lot to catch up on over the next few weeks/months before the Oscars. I definitely need to watch KOTFM and Poor Things – what else should I prioritize?

    • Kimmy says:

      I watched Saltburn last weekend. I had to break it up bc it got so freaking weird. But by the end, I consider myself a Barry Keoghan fan. He was so delightfully BONKERS in that movie. Rosemund Pike always crushes it too. She was fantastic.

      • Becks1 says:

        oh he was amazing too! He played this character perfectly as both sympathetic (in the beginning especially) and totally creepy. Perfect casting.

    • Louisa says:

      Rosamund Pike was fantastic in Saltburn. The scenes with her and Cary Mulligan had me laugh out loud.

  3. Normades says:

    I thought it was interesting that the male awards excluded Leo for maybe already having won and excluded Charles for maybe being too green. Yet they nominated previous winner Emma and newer faced Lilly who some thought should really have been in the supporting category. In the end I think all 4 will be nominated in their respective categories.

    Charles’ snub really puts the breaks on what was the buzziest campaign. Even if he doesn’t get an Oscar nom the last couple of months have transformed his career and I’m sure he’s getting a lot of offers right now.

    • Jais says:

      I really hope Charles melton gets an Oscar nom. I’ll be annoyed if we’re deprived from seeing his face and fashion choice for that night.

      • Matilda says:

        I think the backlash May December is getting for not conferring with the people it’s based on (when that is literally what the movie is about) and the actors and director proclaiming it’s not based on their story (when it is) has made people back down from this movie and the actors performances. Also calling it a comedy has been a ridiculous way to market the movie.

  4. Normades says:

    I was pretty surprised considering this is the actor’s award awarding actors. While the Oscar noms can be different who wins the SAGs is very predictive. So here’s my SAG and Oscar predictions:
    Best sup actor: RDJ
    Best sup actress: Da’Vine Joy
    Best Actress: Emma Stone
    Best Actor: BCoop

    Not necessarily who I want to win, just who I think will win.

    • BQM says:

      I agree on RDJ and Da’vine. But I think the historic nature of lily’s nomination will carry her over Emma. Plus it’s a more ‘conventional’ movie. PT is bonkers. And while EEAAO triumphed last year the Oscars at least tend to be conservative overall. She may only be hurt by the fact that hers is arguably more a supporting role. And I think Cillian still has the edge. Giamatti is the bigger threat imo.

      • JustChelle says:

        I would love to see Giamatti take it. He was literally perfect as Mr. Hunham in The Holdovers.

      • Normades says:

        You could very much be correct. Best actor is the hardest to call right now imo.

      • Tanguerita says:

        @JustChelle Giamatti broke my heart in a good way. He deserves all the accolades and then some for “The holdovers”.

  5. Normades says:

    Like someone mentioned yesterday Leo is probably fine not being nominated. He can just go enjoy the parties and get good PR for being the elder statesman mentor.

    His new gf is technically still married I think and he wouldn’t want to expose that relationship to criticism because I think this one is serious for Leo. Anyways going to the ceremonies with Leo is a relationship kiss of death. He went with Giselle and broke up the next year and went with Camilla and broke up too.

  6. Brassy Rebel says:

    Relying on the Oscars to sort out the “oopsies” never works out well. The AMPAS has its own issues most of the time.

  7. Holly says:

    The name of the movie is Iron Claw

  8. Sue says:

    “No Zac Efron for The White Claw.” LOL. I heard that performance gave people quite a buzz.

  9. Erin says:

    I had a good chuckle reading but I’m pretty sure Zac Efron starred in “The Iron Claw” not “The White Claw”

    Knowing Hollywood I’m sure a corporate product biopic about White Claw is in development though.

  10. Chris says:

    I thought Leo did a great job in KOTFM. The longer I sit with the performances in that movie, the more I appreciate them.

  11. BQM says:

    There will be a huge gaping hole in movies this year because of the strikes. So many movies would’ve benefited in terms of box office, visibility and awards if they’d been moved from 2023. Especially the ones that all came out in a bunch Oct-dec for awards contention. 2023 had an above average number of great movies and/or performances and it’s just a fact many will get overlooked. Not so much snubbed as much as just not enough room.

  12. Grant says:

    I saw Poor Things. Emma Stone and Willem Dafoe gave the performances of their careers IMO. I thought Mark Ruffalo was fine, but he had some very dodgy accent work. I think Dafoe’s performance was the far-and-away superior supporting performance in that movie.

  13. Lau says:

    For the Anatomy of a Fall snub I think you can correlate it with the fact that the director publicly shamed the French government when she won the Palme d’Or at Canne and then they decided not to put it forward for most of the foreign award ceremonies. There were a lot of talks about it when it happened a couple of months ago.
    The fact that one of the main actors has been exposed as a rapist just last week didn’t help the matter further I’m afraid.

    • Barnabus says:

      The Cannes film festival was in May. Since then Sandra Hüller has won or been nominated nearly twenty times. The director’s comment have had zero negative impact on Hüller’s recognition from her peers.

      The rape allegation you refer to didn’t occur during the filming of Anatomy of a Fall. Even if it had, why would anyone fault her?

      Do better next time.

      • Lau says:

        I can do better but Justine Triet (the director) herself posted an instagram story about the film not being submitted to represent France for the Oscars for example because she had criticized the government. As for the rape allegation I pretty sure it did some harm to this film because that guy doesn’t have much more acting credits appart from Anatomy of a Fall. Many media were talking about the allegations and not just the French ones.

  14. February pisces says:

    I’m rooting for lily Gladstone, I think this is her moment. I’m also kinda rooting for Margot Robbie to get some recognition for Barbie, I think she’s come such a long way from her break through in the Wolf of Wallstreet.

    But I think Emma stone will probably win, which I’m kinda “meh” about. I think the Poor Things hype is already getting exhausting. I generally think Emma is the same in every film.

    Anyway so glad Leo got snubbed.

  15. Aleja says:

    I believe the Sandra Huller snub is because she’s not SAG. All nominees have to be sag members and probably she isn’t.

    Same thing happened when ROMA actresses were nominated for Oscars but not for SAG, cause neither Yalitza nor Mariana were affiliated to the Screen Actors Guild.

    • Ifoxi says:

      Makes sense they don’t nominate non-Guild members. It also really points to the fact they (Hollywood et al) just love giving awards to themselves!

  16. Mollie says:

    No Dot from Fargo. I don’t know her name, but she’s phenomenal.