Screen Actors Guild Nominations 2018: Snubs and Surprises

The biggest snubs of the 25th annual SAG Award nominees, which were announced Wednesday, Dec 12, 2018.


SNUB: “If Beale Street Could Talk”–Regina King
Regina King was on track to land her first individual nod for her sublime work in Barry Jenkins’ adaptation of James Baldwin’s novel. It was also looking good for the cast to be recognized in the ensemble category. King’s shut-out is strange, as she has already won Best Supporting Actress from The N.Y. and L.A, Film Critics, and she is nominated for Golden Globe in this category.

SURPRISE: “Bohemian Rhapsody” ensemble nomination

Many critics didn’t like the Freddie Mercury biopic (low score on RottenTomatoes), but most have praised Rami Malek’s stunning lead turn. So while it’s no surprise he landed a nomination for actor in a leading role. What wasn’t expected was for the entire cast to be recognized in the ensemble category, beating out the likes of “Vice,” “Mary Poppins Returns” and “If Beale Street Could Talk.”



SNUB: Julia Roberts, “Homecoming”
The Oscar winner received a Golden Globe nomination for her first series regular TV role on Amazon’s half-hour drama, but was not acknowledged by her peers with a SAG nom, too, despite turning in an emotionally complex performance over two timelines in the psychological series.

SURPRISE: Julia Garner, “Ozark”

Garner is popping up just about everywhere these days and is absolutely stealing scenes when she does. In truth, she could have been nominated for a number of projects across categories here (including limited series “Maniac” and “Dirty John”), but her drama series actress nom for “Ozark” was still a surprise because it is her first major awards attention and because thus far most of the attention has been on leads Jason Bateman and Laura Linney (they also saw noms, putting Garner up against her costar Linney in the same category). File this under: the best kind of surprise.

SNUB: Donald Glover, “Atlanta”
Although his auteur FX comedy series saw an ensemble nod, Glover himself did not earn accolades despite a second season that saw him taking on more than “just” his lead role of struggling music manager Earn.

SURPRISE: John Krasinski, “Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan”
Perennially nominated for comedy ensemble as a member of the cast of NBC’s “The Office,” Krasinski managed to crack the drama actor ballot for his turn as the titular CIA analyst Jack Ryan. Amazon made a splash with the series ahead of launch at events like Comic-Con, but much of the ongoing attention for Krasinski had been focused on his film “A Quiet Place” instead.