The 28th Annual SAG Awards ceremony will take place on Sunday, February 27th, 2022.
As I have been doing for a few years, as we get into the awards season, I’ll post the fictional ballots for some of the guild awards, showing what my vote would be if I had one. I will, as a rule, abstain from my fictional vote if I haven’t seen at least half of the nominees. And to be perfectly clear, I’m not a member of any of these guilds and organizations.
The list of nominees can be seen here.
Here it goes:
Best Stunt Ensemble: No Time to Die
The action may be a level below what the franchise usually presents, but it still is half-level above its competition.
Best Female Actor in a Supporting Role: Cate Blanchett (Dr. Lilith Ritter in Nightmare Alley)
Cate Blanchett uses her great voice and elegant looks to great effect as she creates a fantastic femme fatale, someone who should not be trifled with. (Not seen the nominated performance of Catriona Balfe in Belfast.)
Best Male Actor in a Supporting Role: Bradley Cooper (Jon Peters in Licorice Pizza)
Bradley Cooper’s screen time is very limited in Licorice Pizza, but his deranged character is unforgettable, the most in a film full of them.
Best Female Actor in a Leading Role: Olivia Colman (Leda in The Lost Daughter)
The downward spiral that her character goes through allows Olivia Colman to slowly, subtly transform her performance as the film evolves. (Not seen the nominated performances of Jessica Chastain in The Eyes of Tammy Faye, Jennifer Hudson in Respect.)
Best Male Actor in a Leading Role: Benedict Cumberbatch (Phil Burbank in The Power of the Dog)
Cumberbatch’s performance creates a character who is equal parts magnetic and hateful, a man one doesn’t want to be anywhere near to, but can’t stop watching. He threads a very fine line quite effectively.
Best Cast: CODA
Most of the cast of CODA acts with very limited access to the use of their voices, but that doesn’t even come close to actually limiting the quality of their performances. Their emotions can be easily be extracted from their communication in ASL, even if the meaning can evade full understanding for those that don’t know the language. It is a very interesting body of acting. (Not seen: Belfast.)