Power of the Dog, House of Gucci top SAG nominations

Los Angeles (AFP) – Jane Campion’s gothic western “The Power of the Dog” and campy true-crime drama “House of Gucci” topped the film nominations from Hollywood’s films on Wednesday. Screen Actors Guild – usually a key indicator in the race for the Oscars.

A few days after “The Power of the Dog” won the Golden Globe for best drama, the film’s stars Benedict Cumberbatch, Kirsten Dunst and Kodi Smith-McPhee each received a nod from the actors’ union and linked the film with Ridley Scott’s “House of Gucci” on three.

But to give hope to his rivals, Campion’s supposed frontrunner failed to land a nomination for best cast – the top prize at the SAG ceremony on 27 February.

“The Power of the Dog,” a tale of two cowardly brothers in 1920s Montana, was first shown at the prestigious Venice Film Festival in September, where Campion won the Best Director award.

It has since received rave reviews and was released by Netflix with a limited theatrical release.

SAG overlooked the widespread mockery of Jared Leto’s effervescent Italian accent to nominate him for best supporting actor in “House of Gucci” alongside Lady Gaga and the ensemble crew, which also includes Adam Driver and Al Pacino.

“Belfast”, “CODA”, “Don’t Look Up” and “King Richard”.

But Kenneth Branagh’s “Belfast” – which depicts the violence in Northern Ireland in the late 1960s from a child’s point of view and had been perceived by experts as a strong award winner – received only a single nod to Caitriona Balfe.

Other surprising snubs included Kristen Stewart’s much-talked-about portrayal of Princess Diana in “Spencer” and “West Side Story” Golden Globe-winning star Rachel Zegler.

The SAG awards, voiced by actors, are seen as a strong indicator of Oscar glory, as the actors represent the largest branch of the approximately 10,000 Oscar voters in the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

The SAG Awards will be unveiled in Santa Monica, California exactly one month before the Oscars.

On the television side, SAG presented five nominations each for “Succession” and “Ted Lasso.”

Netflix’s South Korean blockbuster “Squid Game” became the first non-English language series to be nominated by SAG for Best Cast in a TV drama.

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Stars Jung Ho-Yeon and Lee Jung-Jae also received individual nominations.

It comes two years after “Parasite” – also from South Korea – became the first non-English language winner of SAG’s Best Film Award, an important step on the road to Oscar success.

“Yellowstone,” the hugely popular cable series about a wealthy rancher family in Montana, which has largely been overlooked by tasters on the American shores, finally received its first SAG nomination for Best Cast.

Starring Kevin Costner, its fourth season finale was watched by more than 11 million people earlier this month – figures comparable to “Game of Thrones” in its heyday.

And Cynthia Erivo was nominated for her portrayal of Aretha Franklin in the limited TV series “Genius: Aretha” – the same day that SAG recognized Jennifer Hudson for playing Queen of Soul in the movie “Respect”.

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