The Screen Actors Guild Awards will offer a preview of the Oscars | Entertainment News

By JAKE COYLE, AP Writer

The 28th Screen Actors Guild Awards will kick off with a “Hamilton” reunion, present a lifetime achievement award for Helen Mirren and, possibly, provide a preview of the upcoming Oscars.

The SAG Awards, which take place at the Barker Hangar in Santa Monica, Calif., begin at 8 p.m. EST on Sunday and air on both TNT and TBS. (The show will also be available to stream Monday on HBO Max.) After January’s Golden Globes weren’t an event, the Screen Actors Guild Awards will be Hollywood’s first major in-person awards show on TV – with a red carpet and tearful speeches – this year.

Although the Oscars do not mandate vaccination of presenters (only attendees), it is mandatory for the SAG Awards, which are voted on by the Hollywood Actors Guild SAG-AFTRA. A cast member of the Paramount “Yellowstone” series, Forrie J. Smith, said he would not participate because he was not vaccinated.

The “Hamilton” trio Lin-Manuel Miranda, Leslie Odom Jr. and Daveed Diggs will open the ceremony. Kate Winslet will present the Actors’ Lifetime Achievement Award to five-time SAG Award winner Mirren.

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A star-studded group of nominees – including Will Smith, Lady Gaga, Denzel Washington, Nicole Kidman and Ben Affleck – will ensure the SAG Award does not lack in glamour.

Five films are nominated for the SAG Awards’ highest honor, best ensemble: Kenneth Branagh’s “Belfast”, Sian Heder’s coming-of-age drama “CODA”, “Don’t Look Up”, the apocalyptic comedy by Adam McKay, the film by Ridley Scott. “House of Gucci” and Reinaldo Marcus Green’s family tennis drama “King Richard.”

The main Oscar nominee, Jane Campion’s ‘The Power of the Dog’, failed to land a nomination for best ensemble, but three of its actors – Benedict Cumberbatch, Kirsten Dunst and Kodi Smit-McPhee – are in vying for individual awards.

Winning Best Ensemble doesn’t automatically make a movie Oscar favorite, but actors hold the most influence because they make up the largest percentage of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Last year, the cast picked Aaron Sorkin’s 1960s courtroom drama “The Trial of the Chicago 7,” while Best Picture at the Oscars went to “Nomadland.” The previous year, SAG’s choice of “Parasite” presaged the Oscar winner.

In the television categories, Apple TV+’s “Ted Lasso” comes in with five nominations topping it, followed closely by HBO’s “Succession,” Apple’s “The Morning Show,” and Apple’s much-watched “Squid Game.” Netflix – all of which are up for four awards.

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