By John H. Foote
The SAG nominees announced this morning provided a few surprises with who was snubbed and included. On the outside looking in are Adam Sandler in Uncut Gems, Saoirse Ronan in Little Women and Robert De Niro in The Irishman.
Up for Best Supporting Actress are Scarlett Johansson in Jo Jo Rabbit, Laura Dern in Marriage Story, both Nicole Kidman and Margot Robbie in Bombshell and Jennifer Lopez in Hustlers.
Al Pacino and Joe Pesci in The Irishman are both nominated for Best Supporting Actor, along with Tom Hanks in A Beautiful Day in the Neighbourhood, Brad Pitt in Once Upon a Time in Hollywood and surprise nominee Jamie Foxx in Just Mercy.
Best Actress nominees include Renee Zellweger in Judy, Charlize Theron in Bombshell, Cynthia Erivo in Harriet, Lupita Nyong’o in Us and, with her second nomination of the morning, Scarlett Johansson in Marriage Story.
Best Actor has Leonardo Di Caprio in Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, Christian Bale in Ford vs. Ferrari, Adam Driver in Marriage Story, Joaquin Phoenix in Joker and Taron Edgerton as Elton John in Rocketman.
The ensemble nominees include The Irishman, Bombshell, Jo Jo Rabbit, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood and Parasite, with a single nomination.
Bravo Miss Johansson!
John H. Foote is a well-recognized Canadian film critic/historian who has been an active critic for 30 years. His deep love for the movies began at a very young age. He began his career as co-host of the popular TV show Reel to Real where he remained for nine years. While on TV he began dabbling in education, eventually ascending to Director of the Toronto Film School, where he also taught film history. After leaving the college to care for his wife, he returned to teaching at Humber College where he taught both Film History and Method Acting Theory. John has written two books: “Clint Eastwood – Evolution of a Filmmaker” and the upcoming “Spielberg – American Film Visionary”. He is currently working on two books, one about the films of the seventies and another on the films of Martin Scorsese. Through his career he has worked in TV, radio, print and the web. John has interviewed everyone in the industry (more than 300 interviews) except Jack Nicholson, he says sadly. Highlights include Martin Scorsese, Tom Cruise, Meryl Streep Robert Duvall, Jane Fonda, Francis Ford Coppola and Kathryn Bigelow.