SAG Awards: 'Three Billboards' Leads the Indie-Flavored Film Nominations

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'Big Little Lies,' 'Stranger Things' and 'GLOW' topped the TV noms.

Showing a strong preference for quirky indie offerings rather than big-budget studio films, the nominations for the 24th annual Screen Actors Guild Awards, announced Wednesday, gave their biggest stamp of approval to the small-town revenge tale Three Billboards Outside of Ebbing, Missouri, handing it four nominations — more than any other film. On the television side, Big Little Lies, the series about the secrets of a group of wives and mothers, led the pack with four noms, along with the period drama Stranger Things and GLOW, each of which picked up four noms, including stunt ensemble nominations.

The sci-fi romance The Shape of Water, which dominated nominations for the Golden Globe Awards, announced Monday, collected two SAG Award nominations, for lead actress Sally Hawkins and supporting actor Richard Jenkins, but didn't make it into the ensemble award competition. The same-sex romance Call Me by Your Name rated just one mention, for lead actor Timothee Chalamet, while The Post and All the Money in the World — the latter of which wasn't completed in time to be shown to the SAG-AFTRA nominating committee — were both shut out.

Three Billboards also scored nominations for its lead actress, Frances McDormand, who plays a mother out to avenge her daughter's death, and two of its supporting actors, Woody Harrelson and Sam Rockwell, who play the cops with whom she comes into conflict.

Along with McDormand and Hawkins, the nominees for best lead actress include Judi Dench for her role as Queen Victoria in Victoria & Abdul; Margot Robbie, for portraying notorious figure skater Tonya Harding in I, Tonya; and Saoirse Ronan, who stars as a high school senior looking to make a break from her constricted life in Lady Bird.

In addition to Chalamet, the nominees for best lead actor consist of James Franco, playing would-be auteur Tommy Wiseau in The Disaster Artist; Daniel Kaluuya, who encounters terrifying prospective in-laws in Get Out; Gary Oldman, who offers a portrait of Winston Churchill in Darkest Hour; and Denzel Washington, who stars as a defense attorney in Roman J. Israel, Esq.

Along with Three Billboards' Harrelson and Rockwell and Water's Jenkins, the nominees for supporting actor include Battle of the Sexes' Steve Carell and The Florida Project's Willem Dafoe.

The supporting actress contenders include Mudbound's Mary J. Blige, Downsizing's Hong Chau, The Big Sick's Holly Hunter, I, Tonya's Allison Janney and Lady Bird's Laurie Metcalf.

The SAG-AFTRA voters also reserved stunt ensemble nominations for Baby Driver, Dunkirk, Logan, War for the Planet of the Apes and Wonder Woman.

As for TV, HBO's Big Little Lies, which won eight Emmys earlier this year, dominated the female actress in a limited series category, where Laura Dern, Nicole Kidman and Reese Witherspoon all received nominations, along with Feud's Jessica Lange and Susan Sarandon. The pay cabler recently announced that the show will have a second season, leading the Producers Guild of America to reclassify it as a drama series rather than a limited series for its awards consideration. The show also scored a nomination in the male actor in a limited series for Alexander Skarsgaard.

Nominated for outstanding drama series ensemble were The Crown, Game of Thrones, The Handmaid's Tale, Stranger Things and This Is Us. Comedy ensemble noms went to Black-ish, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Glow, Orange Is the New Black and Veep.

Julia Louis-Dreyfus, who has previously won seven SAG Awards, including three ensemble awards for Seinfeld, was nominated for both her comedy work on Veep and as part of that show's ensemble. Janney, who can claim six previous SAG Awards, could add to her total with her I, Tonya nomination.

Among film distributors, Fox Searchlight, thanks to Three Billboards, Water and Sexes, led the field with seven nominations, followed by A24 with five. Among the TV entries, Netflix dominated with 19 noms, followed by HBO with 12.