A Star Is Born leads nominations for the 25th Screen Actors Guild Awards with four nods including best ensemble, firmly establishing Bradley Cooper's romantic revival as this year's Academy Awards front runner, reports the AP. In nominations announced Wednesday in West Hollywood, the actors guild—one of the most predictive bellwethers of the Oscars—threw cold water on the awards campaign of Alfonso Cuaron's Netflix drama Roma (the overwhelming choice of critics groups), which was shut out entirely, as was Damien Chazelle's Neil Armstrong drama First Man. A Star Is Born fared the best of all, landing nominations for Cooper (best male actor), Lady Gaga (best female actor), and Sam Elliott (best supporting male actor). The other nominees for the group's top award, best ensemble, were: Black Panther, Bohemian Rhapsody, BlacKkKlansman, and Crazy Rich Asians.
Only once in the last decades has the eventual Oscars best picture winner not been nominated for best ensemble at the SAG Awards. The one aberration was last year when Guillermo del Toro's The Shape of Water overcame the SAG omission on its way to winning best picture. Unless a new trend is forming, that's bad news for Oscar hopefuls like Vice, Adam McKay's Dick Cheney biopic, and the 1962 road trip Green Book. Vice still scored SAG nods for Christian Bale and Amy Adams, just as Green Book won nominations for Viggo Mortensen and Mahershala Ali. Olivia Colman, Rachel Weisz, and Emma Stone of The Favourite and Rami Malek of Bohemian Rhapsody were also nominated, while Emily Blunt scored two nods for her work in Mary Poppins Returns and A Quiet Place. The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel and Ozark led nominations in TV categories. The awards will be held on Jan. 27. (Here are 15 big Golden Globes snubs.)