Jane Campion’s gothic Western “The Power of the Dog” and campy true-crime drama “House of Gucci” on Wednesday jointly topped the nominations from Hollywood’s Screen Actors Guild — usually a key indicator in the race to the Oscars.
Days after “The Power of the Dog” won the Golden Globe for best drama, the film’s stars Benedict Cumberbatch, Kirsten Dunst and Kodi Smith-McPhee each received nods from the actors’ union, tying the film with Ridley Scott’s “House of Gucci” on three.
“The Power of the Dog,” a tale of two feuding brothers in 1920s Montana, first screened at September’s prestigious Venice film festival, where Campion won the best director award.
SAG overlooked widespread mockery of Jared Leto’s exuberant Italian accent to nominate him for best supporting actor in “House of Gucci,” alongside Lady Gaga and the ensemble cast, which also includes Adam Driver and Al Pacino.
Voted for by actors, the SAG awards are seen as a strong indicator of Oscars glory, since actors represent the largest branch of the roughly 10,000 Oscar voters in the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
On the television side, SAG handed five nominations apiece to “Succession” and “Ted Lasso.”