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“Three Billboards’ tops 2017 SAG nominations

FILE – Jan. 29, 2017 file photo shows a giant replica of The Actor statue on the red carpet during the 23rd annual Screen Actors Guild Awards in Los Angeles. The 2018 SAG Awards nominations for the performance in the film and television will be announced on Wednesday, Dec. 13. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP)

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In the nominations announced on Wednesday, 24 Screen Actors Guild Awards cordially agreed with the Frances McDormand-led revenge drama “Three Billboards Outside of Ebbing, Missouri,” offered swift redemption for the Golden Globes-overlooked romantic comedy “The Big Sick” and showed a lot of Oscar favorites with empty hands.

Martin McDonaugh “Three Billboards” led all films with four nominations, including best ensemble, and acting nods for McDormand, Sam Rockwell and Woody Harrelson. That makes the film a strong portfolio of awards, including six Golden Globes nods and is often predictive audience award at the Toronto International Film Festival.

The other nominees for best ensemble at the 24th annual SAG Awards: “Lady Bird,” “,” “Mudbound” and “The Big Sick.”

As one of the most stable bellwethers of the Academy Awards, the SAG Awards have considerable sway on the Oscar race. Actors constitute the largest branch of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences, although the guild ranks are much larger. Only about 1,000 of their 160,000 members are in the film academy.

The Oscars race so far is considered to be wide open, and by winnowing the field down to five films for its top award on Wednesday, the Screen Actors left out of the many front runners. Steven Spielberg’s Pentagon Papers drama “The Post” was closed completely, including the celebrated star, Meryl Streep and Tom Hanks.

After topping the Globes with seven nods Monday, Guillermo del Toro’s “The Shape of Water” will be missed in the ensemble category, while still landing nods for Sally Hawkins and Richard Jenkins. Critical favorites “Call Me By Your Name” and “The Florida Project” each formed with a solo act nomination. With name passed was “Call Me By Your Name” co-star Armie Hammer.

Instead, Kumail Nanjiani, the autobiographical “The Big Sick”, followed his rough Globes morning with not only a best ensemble nod, but a supporting actress nomination for Holly Hunter.

Along with McDormand and Hawkins, the best actress nominees are: Judi Dench (“Victoria and Abdul”), Saoirse Ronan (“Lady Bird”) and Margo Robbie (“I, Tonya”).

The best actor nominees are: Timothee Chalamet (“Call Me By Your Name”), James Franco (“The Disaster Artist”), Daniel Kaluuya (“Off”), Gary Oldman (“the Darkest Hour”) and Denzel Washington (“Roman J. Israel, Esq.”).

The winners will be announced during a broadcast of January 21, hosted by Kristen Bell.

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