Darren Criss, Awkwafina and More Stars React to the 2019 SAG Awards Nominations

Awkwafina and Laverne Cox announced this year's nominees on Wednesday

By Elyse Dupre 12 Dec, 2018 4:34 PMTags
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The nominations for the 2019 SAG Awards are finally here!

Awkwafina and Laverne Cox announced this year's contenders at the Pacific Design Center in West Hollywood on Wednesday.

A Star Is Born was one of the top nominated films with four nods, including Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture, and The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel and Ozark were the frontrunners on the TV side with four nominations each. Some stars even received nominations in both film and TV categories. Emma Stone, for instance, is up for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a TV Movie or Limited Series for her performance in Maniac, and Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture for her role in The Favourite. Amy Adams is also a contender in both categories for her roles in Sharp Objects and Vice.

Of course, many of the stars in the running were thrilled about their nominations. Darren Criss, who is up Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a TV Movie or Limited Series for his role in The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story, actually woke up to the nomination news and shared a video of his reaction on Twitter.

"Wow! Amazing news to wake up to," he said. "That's really cool. Good morning, world. I want to say a big thank you to my fellow members of SAG-AFTRA. Getting to join that union as a new actor was a real turning point and a real mark in my life as an exciting accomplishment. I feel really honored to be acknowledged by my peers and I'm proud to be a part of SAG-AFTRA. This is great—great news in the morning."

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Michael Douglas, The Kominsky Method

"Such an honor to be recognized as a comedy actor by my peers along with my co-star Alan Arkin and our entire ensemble," he said.

Rachel Weisz, The Favourite

"I'm deeply honored to be recognized by my fellow actors for The Favourite, a film that I am so proud to be a part of," the nominee said. "It was thrilling to work alongside the extraordinary Olivia Colman, the phenomenally talented Emma Stone, and under the visionary direction of Yorgos Lanthimos. Thank you, SAG-AFTRA."

 

Sterling K. Brown, This Is Us

"Woke up this morning and so much love to SAG-AFTRA for the three nominations—one for Randall, one for the cast of This Is Us, one for the cast of Black Panther. Thank you, man," he said. "I love what I do so much, and I consider it a tremendous honor and a privilege to illuminate the human condition without being too pretentious about the whole thing. But when it comes from the people that are in the battle field with you, you know, it means that much more. So, big up This Is Us; big up Black Panther and thank you, union. Thank you for the insurance."

Jason Bateman, Ozark

"I'm so excited for the whole Ozark family," he said, "but particularly for Laura and Julia. Their talent and leadership drives our every episode. Thank you, from all of us, to the SAG voters!"

Richard E. Grant, Can You Ever Forgive Me?

"Am completely and utterly bowled over to be nominated for the SAG Awards amongst this extraordinary group of actors," the nominee said. "Honored to be voted for by my peers SAG-AFTRA."

Rami Malek, Bohemian Rhapsody

"It is a profound privilege and honor to be recognized alongside my exceptional cast by our peers," the Freddie Mercury actor said. "Thank you SAG-AFTRA."

 

Robin Wright, House of Cards

"I would like to thank the members of SAG-AFTRA. I am deeply honored and grateful to be recognized by my peers this year and to be amongst such great talent," the Claire Underwood star said.

Hugh Grant, A Very English Scandal

"It's extremely kind of my fellow SAG- AFTRA members to nominate me. I'm very grateful and boosted," he said. "The series tells the story of the most venal, criminally stupid and self-destructive thing ever to have been perpetrated in the House of Commons. OK—second most."

Antonio Banderas, Genius: Picasso

"I'm very grateful for this new nomination in the Screen Actors Guild Awards that i want to share with all the fantastic team of #GeniusPicasso," he tweeted.

Mahershala Ali, Green Book

"I'd like to thank the screen actors guild for recognizing our work on Green Book," he said. "It was an honor collaborating with Pete Farrelly, Viggo Mortensen and our entire cast and crew. I'm sincerely humbled that our efforts have captured the attention of our cherished peers."

Emma Stone, The Favourite and Maniac

"Thank you so much to SAG for these nominations," the actress said. "I'm so honored to be recognized by my fellow actors for two projects I'm really proud to have been a part of. Thank you to Cary Fukunaga, Patrick Somerville, my wonderful friend Jonah Hill and the whole cast and crew of Maniac for an amazing experience and the globular cluster of memories. It was also my first time acting as a producer and I couldn't be more grateful. On The Favourite, Olivia Colman and Rachel Weisz are two of the most dynamic, funny, loving and fantastic actors and people I've ever gotten the chance to work with, and I am really excited to share this with them. Thank you thank you!"

Joseph Fiennes, The Handmaid's Tale

"SAG's recognition of actors direct from its own community is the biggest and best honor I could imagine," the Fred Waterford character said. "I'm incredibly grateful and proud to be nominated along with our amazing cast!"

Bob Odenkirk, Better Call Saul

"I am crazy thrilled to receive this attention from my fellow actors, it's a real honor! And it's made especially sweet as our amazing ensemble is also being recognized for their tremendous work," the Jimmy McGill star stated. "Everybody in this cast makes me a better actor. My thanks to SAG-AFTRA members for this nomination."

Darren Criss, The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story

"Wow! Amazing news to wake up to," he said in a video. "That's really cool. Good morning, world. I want to say a big thank you to my fellow members of SAG-AFTRA. Getting to join that union as a new actor was a real turning point and a real mark in my life as an exciting accomplishment. I feel really honored to be acknowledged by my peers and I'm proud to be a part of SAG-AFTRA. This is great—great news in the morning."

Patricia Arquette, Escape at Dannemora

"I am incredibly honored to be recognized with these wonderful actors," the star tweeted. "Thank you."

Awkwafina, Crazy Rich Asians

"It was all me. It was all me," she joked after learning that her film had been nominated for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture.

Patricia Clarkson, Sharp Objects

"This is sheer joy for me," the actress stated. "To be nominated by my peers, to be nominated alongside these women… it is an actor's dream and it came true for me today."

John David Washington, BlacKkKlansman

"Thank you SAG-AFTRA for this honor," Denzel Washington's son stated. "Most importantly because in doing so you are recognizing Ron Stallworth, a man whose bravery and ingenuity fought racism at its core. To Spike, Ron, cast and crew—I will never forget this experience we had together. Love you all."

Alison Brie, Glow

"What an incredible honor to be nominated again this year by my fellow actors," the Ruth Wilder character stated. "The joy of Glow is being able to work with such a talented ensemble; lifting each other up in and out of the ring. They are my greatest support and I learn from them every day. I'm so proud of team Glow and I'm deeply thankful for this recognition. Thank you SAG-AFTRA!" 

To see who wins, tune into the 25th Annual SAG Awards Sunday, Jan. 27 at 8:00 p.m. ET/5:00 p.m. PT on TBS and TNT.