Why The SAG Awards Are Important, When You Can Watch Them And Who Are The Nominees?



With so many Award shows in film and television, it can get a bit overwhelming trying to catch them all. More frustrating, figuring out why any of them matter in the first place. Well it's that time of year again, known as "Award season", which takes off with Nominee announcements anywhere from the first week of January until about March.


Ceremonies also can often air around the same time, as we saw The Golden Globes wrapped up and announced their winners just last week on January 9th. This years Oscar Ceremony, normally airing around the first week of February, has been pushed back, not airing until late March. This just leave us with the last of the big three in prestige award ceremonies. The Screen Actors Guild Awards. Which we feel is one of the most if not necessary ceremonies, its one of the most rewarding.


For those who didn't know, the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) is a American Labor Union which represents more than 100k of your favorite principle stars and also background actors who are maybe just starting out in the business, but want to be taken seriously.

The Guild, now merged with American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA) regulates pay and work conditions from child actors to adults. Making sure that all Actors (race, gender and age) are working in a suitable environment in order to get the job done. This includes correct pay for the correct amount of hours worked. The President of SAG-AFTRA is none other than fellow Actor/Actress Fran Drescher (The Nanny), and she is not the only Actor/Actress on the board. We like to think of this Award as recognition amongst peers at work. In better words, its the tip of the hat from the voters who respect the craft as much as the people who are voted for.


This year SAG continues tradition in recognition of those worthy with projects like “House of Gucci,” as well as “Belfast,” “CODA,” “Don’t Look Up” and “King Richard.” Who are all being eyed for Best Ensemble.


Bouncing off of the Globes, “Succession,” and “Ted Lasso,” the feel-good soccer comedy, scored a leading five nominations. “Mare of Easttown,” “The Morning Show” and water-cooler phenomenon “Squid Game” each landed four nominations a piece.


Nominations for the awards come from two committees of union members, 2,100 randomly selected each year. One for film and one for television. The full membership (165,000) are available to vote for the winners.


The SAG Awards will be returning to an in-person event. The ceremony will be held in the Santa Monica Barker Hangar and following COVID safety protocols. Since 1997, the show had been held at the Los Angeles Shrine Auditorium and Expo Hall. The show will simulcast live on Feb. 27, 2022 on TNT and TBS on at 8 p.m. ET / 5 p.m. PT.


See the full nominations list below:


Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Limited Series

Murray Bartlett (“The White Lotus”)

Oscar Isaac (“Scenes From a Marriage”)

Michael Keaton (“Dopesick”)

Ewan McGregor (“Halston”)

Evan Peters (“Mare of Easttown”)


Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Movie or Limited Series

Jennifer Coolidge (“The White Lotus”)

Cynthia Erivo (“Genius: Aretha”)

Margaret Qualley (“Maid”)

Jean Smart (“Mare of Easttown”)

Kate Winslet (“Mare of Easttown”)


Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series

Michael Douglas (“The Kominsky Method”)

Brett Goldstein (“Ted Lasso”)

Steve Martin (“Only Murders in the Building”)

Martin Short (“Only Murders in the Building”)

Jason Sudeikis (“Ted Lasso”)


Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series

Elle Fanning (“The Great”)

Sandra Oh (“The Chair”)

Jean Smart (“Hacks”

Juno Temple (“Ted Lasso”)

Hannah Waddingham (“Ted Lasso”)


Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series

“The Great” (Hulu)

“Hacks” (HBO Max)

“The Kominsky Method” (Netflix)

“Only Murders in the Building” (Hulu)

“Ted Lasso” (Apple TV Plus)


Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series

Brian Cox (“Succession”)

Billy Crudup (“The Morning Show”)

Kieran Culkin (“Succession”)

Lee Jung-Jae (“Squid Game”)

Jeremy Strong (“Succession”)


Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series

Jennifer Aniston (“The Morning Show”)

Jung Ho-yeon (“Squid Game”)

Elizabeth Moss (“The Handmaid’s Tale”)

Sarah Snook (“Succession”)

Reese Witherspoon (“The Morning Show”)


Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series

“The Handmaid’s Tale” (Hulu)

“The Morning Show” (Apple TV Plus)

“Squid Game” (Netflix)

“Succession” (HBO)

“Yellowstone” (Paramount Network)


Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role

Caitríona Balfe (“Belfast”)

Cate Blanchett (“Nightmare Alley”)

Ariana DeBose (“West Side Story”)

Kirsten Dunst (“The Power of the Dog”)

Ruth Negga (“Passing)


Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role

Ben Affleck (“The Tender Bar”)

Bradley Cooper (“Licorice Pizza”)

Troy Kotsur (“CODA”)

Jared Leto (“House of Gucci”)

Kodi Smit-McPhee (“The Power of the Dog”)


Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role

Jessica Chastain (“The Eyes of Tammy Faye”)

Olivia Colman (“The Lost Daughter”)

Lady Gaga (“House of Gucci”)

Jennifer Hudson (“Respect”)

Nicole Kidman (“Being the Ricardos”)


Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role

Javier Bardem (“Being the Ricardos”)

Benedict Cumberbatch (“The Power of the Dog”)

Andrew Garfield (“Tick, Tick … Boom!”)

Will Smith (“King Richard”)

Denzel Washington (“The Tragedy of Macbeth”)


Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture

“Belfast” (Focus Features)

“CODA” (Apple Original Films)

“Don’t Look Up” (Netflix)

“House of Gucci” (MGM/United Artists Releasing)

“King Richard” (Warner Bros)


Outstanding Action Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Motion Picture

“Black Widow”

“Dune”

“The Matrix Resurrections”

“No Time to Die”

“Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings”


Outstanding Action Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Television Series

“Cobra Kai”

“The Falcon and the Winter Soldier”

“Loki”

“Mare of Easttown”

“Squid Game”


Also this year’s SAG Awards will also honor Helen Mirren with the lifetime achievement award.