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Golden Globe and SAG Award Nominations Have Been Announced — What Does This Mean For Oscar Nominations?

The Golden Globes and SAG Awards announced their nominations this week, which has given us a better idea of what to expect when the Academy Awards roll around in April.
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COVID-19 has taken a lot from us, but it will not take away our awards! OK, while I’m slightly joking, I have to admit there is something comforting about awards bodies proceeding with their big shows during these uncertain times. 

Despite the fact we’ve had an extremely wonky year in movies, a decent amount of really good films have been released. Thanks in large part to streaming services (looking at you, Netflix), prestige filmmakers have been able to put out their films even though most movie theaters are shuttered for the time being. 

But, if you are a casual movie-fan, there’s a good chance you’re not sure what the Oscars race is going to look like. Thankfully, the Golden Globes and SAG Awards announced their nominations this week, which has given us a better idea of what to expect when the Academy Awards roll around in April.

So, let’s take a look at some of the major categories from both award shows and see if there are any movies or actors looking like favorites to get Oscars nominations. 

Best Picture

The Golden Globes breaks down their film and lead acting categories into two separate categories — “Best Drama” and “Best Comedy/Musical.”

Here’s what films got nominated for Golden Globes:

Best Motion Picture — Musical or Comedy

Borat Subsequent Moviefilm
Hamilton
Music
Palm Springs
The Prom

Best Motion Picture — Drama

The Father
Mank
Nomadland
Promising Young Woman
The Trial of the Chicago 7

The SAG Awards version of “Best Picture” is “Best Ensemble,” which recognizes the best acting by a cast. Here’s what films got nominated:

Da 5 Bloods
Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom
Minari
One Night in Miami
The Trial of the Chicago 7

It certainly looks as if The Trial of the Chicago 7 is in a great position to get a “Best Picture” nomination at the Oscars, as it got both Golden Globe and SAG Award nominations.

However, it’s hard to say for certain what other films are in contention. For example, Nomadland is really a one-woman show starring Frances McDormand, which is why it didn’t show up in the “Best Ensemble” category at the SAGs.

Best Actor

Here’s who got “Best Actor” Golden Globe nominations:

Best Actor in a Motion Picture — Drama

Chadwick Boseman — Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom
Riz Ahmed — The Sound of Metal
Anthony Hopkins — The Father
Gary Oldman — Mank
Tahar Rahim — The Mauritanian

Best Actor in a Motion Picture — Musical or Comedy

Sacha Baron Cohen — Borat Subsequent Moviefilm
James Corden — The Prom
Lin-Manuel Miranda — Hamilton
Dev Patel — The Personal History of David Copperfield
Andy Samberg — Palm Springs

Here’s who got “Best Actor” SAG Award nominations:

Riz Ahmed — The Sound of Metal
Chadwick Boseman  — Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom
Anthony Hopkins — The Father
Gary Oldman — Mank
Steven Yeun — Minari 

Riz Ahmed, Chadwick Boseman, Anthony Hopkins, and Gary Oldman all received Golden Globe and SAG Award nominations, so it’s looking very likely these four will show up at the Oscars.

As for the fifth spot, it’s really anyone’s to grab. Steven Yeun has been getting praise for his work in Minari, but it’s hard to deny the talent of Sacha Baron Cohen in Borat Subsequent Moviefilm.

Best Actress

Here’s who got “Best Actress” Golden Globe nominations:

Best Actress in a Motion Picture — Drama

Viola Davis — Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom
Andra Day — The United States vs. Billie Holiday
Vanessa Kirby — Pieces of a Woman
Frances McDormand — Nomadland
Carey Mulligan — Promising Young Woman

Best Actress in a Motion Picture — Musical or Comedy

Maria Bakalova — Borat Subsequent Moviefilm
Kate Hudson — Music
Michelle Pfeiffer — French Exit
Rosamund Pike — I Care A Lot
Anya Taylor-Joy — Emma

Here’s who got “Best Actress” SAG Award nominations:

Amy Adams — Hilbilly Elegy
Viola Davis — Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom
Vanessa Kirby — Pieces of a Woman
Frances McDormand — Nomadland
Carey Mulligan — Promising Young Woman

It’s looking as if Carey Mulligan, Frances McDormand, Vanessa, Kirby, and Viola Davis are all locks to get Oscar nominations. Just like in the Best Actor race, the fight for the fifth spot is underway.

Amy Adams did garner a SAG Award nomination for Hilbilly Elegy, but will she be able to get an Oscar nomination? Or will someone else manage to sneak their way in? Only time will tell!

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