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Oppenheimer and Barbie Lead the Pack: SAG Awards Nominations and Netflix’s Global Stage

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Fresh from its Golden Globes triumph, Christopher Nolan’s Oppenheimer has emerged as a frontrunner at the upcoming Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Awards. The SAG Awards, a pivotal precursor to Oscars success, are set to gain increased visibility globally, courtesy of their broadcast on Netflix – marking a historic first for the streaming giant.

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Oppenheimer, a cinematic exploration of the inventor of the atomic bomb, secured nominations for Cillian Murphy, Robert Downey Jr, and Emily Blunt, including the prestigious “outstanding performance by a cast” accolade. With its critical acclaim and impressive box office earnings nearing $1 billion, Nolan’s three-hour epic positions itself as a strong contender for the Academy Awards in March.

Barbie, the cinematic counterpart to last summer’s “Barbenheimer” sensation and the highest-grossing film of the year, also received noteworthy SAG Awards nominations. Margot Robbie, Ryan Gosling, and the overall cast garnered recognition, alongside a nomination for the film’s stunt performers.

Other notable contenders with three acting nominations include the historical epic Killers of the Flower Moon and the scathing satire “American Fiction,” featuring Jeffrey Wright. Both movies vie for the coveted best cast award, with the musical remake The Color Purple rounding out the category.

The SAG Awards ceremony, scheduled for February 24, will mark another milestone as it streams on Netflix, signaling the platform’s expanding role in hosting live events. The Screen Actors Guild plans to honor Barbra Streisand with a lifetime achievement award, acknowledging her colossal impact and enduring work ethic across her illustrious career.

Fran Drescher, SAG-AFTRA president, commended Streisand as a “colossal icon,” expecting gala speeches to touch upon last year’s Hollywood strikes, which led to industry-wide shutdowns. The strikes, involving SAG-AFTRA and the writers’ guild, concluded with a deal in November. While Netflix takes center stage as the gala host, none of its films secured nominations for the night’s top prize.

However, the streaming giant secured five movie nominations, notably featuring Bradley Cooper and Carey Mulligan for the Leonard Bernstein biopic Maestro, and Jodie Foster and Annette Bening for Nyad.

Globally acclaimed films like Parasite, CODA, and Everything Everywhere All at Once have seen their outstanding cast winners go on to clinch the best picture Oscar in recent years. Given that actors form the largest branch of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the SAG Awards hold significant influence over the Oscars voting process.

Beyond film, the SAG Awards also recognize outstanding achievements in television. Succession leads with five nominations, followed closely by The Bear, The Last of Us, and Ted Lasso, each earning four nods.

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In a parallel announcement, Hollywood’s directors’ guild unveiled its nominations, with Oppenheimer and Barbie making the shortlist for the Directors Guild of America’s best film. Joining them are Martin Scorsese’s Killers of the Flower Moon, Alexander Payne’s The Holdovers, and Poor Things from Greek director Yorgos Lanthimos. The DGA Awards are slated for February 10, setting the stage for an exciting awards season ahead.

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