Because actors make up the Academy’s largest branch, how they vote for SAG Awards tends to be a good bellwether for Oscar’s acting races.
Last year, for instance, SAG’s Ensemble Cast winner PARASITE went on to win the Best Picture Oscar and all four lead & supporting actor winners also took home Oscars – Renee Zellweger (lead – JUDY), Joaquin Phoenix (lead – JOKER), Laura Dern (supporting – MARRIAGE STORY) & Brad Pitt (supporting – ONCE UPON A TIME IN HOLLYWOOD).
SAG’s new Ensemble nominees are all high-profile contenders: DA 5 BLOODS (Netflix), MA RAINEY’S BLACK BOTTOM (Netflix), MINARI (A24), ONE NIGHT IN MIAMI (Amazon) & TRIAL OF THE CHICAGO 7 (Netflix).
MA has Lead Female & Lead Male Actor nods for Viola Davis & the late Chadwick Boseman (pictured with director George C. Wolfe/center). MINARI has noms for Lead Actor (Steven Yeun) & Supporting Female Actor (Yuh-Jung Youn). There are Supporting Male Actor nods for BLOODS (Boseman), MIAMI (Leslie Odom Jr.) & CHICAGO (Sacha Baron Cohen).
The 27th annual SAG Awards will take place 4/4. Final Oscar voting begins 4/15, so Academy members will know the SAG winners when they mark their ballots.