“A Star Is Born” led nominations for the 25th Screen Actors Guild Awards with four nods including best ensemble on Wednesday, firmly establishing Bradley Cooper’s romantic revival as this year’s Academy Awards front-runner.
In nominations announced in West Hollywood, Calif., the Actors Guild — one of the most predictive bellwethers of the Oscars — threw cold water on the awards campaigns of numerous contenders while elevating others. But “A Star Is Born” fared the best of all, landing nominations for Cooper (best male actor), Lady Gaga (best female actor) and Sam Elliott (best supporting male actor).
The other nominees for the group’s top award, best ensemble, were: “Black Panther,” “Bohemian Rhapsody,” “BlacKkKlansman” and “Crazy Rich Asians.”
That category is the most closely watched because only once in the past two decades has the eventual Oscars best picture winner not been nominated for best ensemble at the SAG Awards. The one aberration, though, was last year, when Guillermo del Toro’s “The Shape of Water” overcame the SAG omission on its way to winning best picture.
Unless a new trend is forming, that’s worrisome news for Oscar hopefuls like “Vice,” Adam McKay’s Dick Cheney biopic (which led last week’s Golden Globe nominations); Alfonso Cuaron’s Netflix drama “Roma” (the overwhelming choice of critics groups); and the 1962 road trip “Green Book.”
“Vice” still scored SAG nods for Christian Bale and Amy Adams, just as “Green Book” won nominations for Viggo Mortensen and Mahershala Ali.
But “Roma” was shut out entirely, as was Damien Chazelle’s Neil Armstrong drama “First Man” and Barry Jenkins’ Harlem love story “If Beale Street Could Talk.”
Neil Young to hit 3 Minneapolis venues
Neil Young’s legions of Twin Cities fans have had to wait eight years since his last local show, but they’ll have to wait only a couple of days between his next one and the one after that — and then just one more day for a third. The Rock & Roll Hall of Famer, 73, is set to play a three-night stand next month at three different historic theaters in Minneapolis. He’s starting off in the smallest of the venues on Jan. 26, the 1,000-person Pantages Theatre, and then moving up in size to the Orpheum on Jan. 28 and then the State on Jan. 29. Tickets went on sale Wednesday to Neil Young Archive members, which requires a $20 sign-up fee but includes access to tons of rare recordings. Seats are priced at $300, $150 and $50. The public on-sale date has not yet been confirmed but could be as early as Friday through Ticketmaster. Young has done similar multi-night solo-acoustic stands in cities such as Boston and Detroit over the past year.
Chris Riemenschneider, Associated Press