2022 SAG Awards nominee reactions from Javier Bardem, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Ariana DeBose and more
The nominations for the 28th Screen Actors Guild Awards for film and television were announced this morning and reactions from nominees will be coming in throughout the day.
Here are responses from Javier Bardem, Ariana DeBose, Taylor Sheridan and more.
Andrew Garfield, tick, tick…BOOM! (Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role in a Motion Picture)
“This honor and recognition from my peers and friends in the Screen Actors Guild means more than I’m able to express. Anyone with a SAG card feels and knows the story of Jonathan Larson in tick, tick…BOOM! because it is their story. It’s the story of an artist longing to express themself, an artist longing to sing as much of their song as possible while they are here alive and breathing. It’s a story about longing to bring our gifts to the world; about following the thread of our destiny in the face of failure and rejection. I’m grateful to the SAG voters for this encouragement to continue to follow my own thread of life. I’m mostly grateful to them for giving Jonathan Larson more life. For giving him his flowers and helping to keep his spirit alive for the world to hear more of his life affirming song. I share this honor with my genius director, Lin-Manuel Miranda, and this most incredible ensemble cast of actors, singers, dancers and creators. We are a true community and none of this could happen without everyone’s unique giftedness and heart. Thank you from the very bottom of my overflowing heart.”
Javier Bardem, Being the Ricardos (Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role in a Motion Picture)
“Thank you, SAG-AFTRA, I am honored to be nominated by my peers and to find myself in such remarkable company. Today’s nominations for Being the Ricardos are a tribute to the trailblazing couple that are Lucy and Desi Arnaz. It was a great privilege to portray Desi Arnaz – a groundbreaking visionary, proud immigrant and veteran who transformed modern television.”
Benedict Cumberbatch, The Power of the Dog (Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role in a Motion Picture)
“I’m on cloud nine. I’m over the moon. I’m incredibly humbled and delighted. I’m thrilled. To be nominated for a SAG Award by your peers, to be recognized for work that I’m really proud of, it’s just fantastic. I’m so happy about Kirsten [Dunst] and Kodi [Smit-McPhee]. The evidence of how brilliant they are is obviously in the work. But you know, they’re not just colleagues. They’ve become dear friends through this really amazing and intense and unforgettable experience. As a sort of family of creators, it’s wonderful recognition. This is just a very beautiful, very lovely thing to wake up to on top of what has already been a very rich experience for me.”
Denzel Washington, The Tragedy of Macbeth (Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role in a Motion Picture)
“With SAG being your fellow actors, it really hit me on ‘Fences’ when I won the SAG Award. I was like, ‘Okay, these are my peers. These are my guys and ladies,’ and I appreciate it.”
Nicole Kidman, Being the Ricardos (Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role in a Motion Picture)
Just woke up to the news and overjoyed!!! This means so much because it comes from my fellow actors. Lucille Ball may have never had a chance to be nominated for a SAG Award, as this will only be its 28th year in existence, but I’ll happily accept this nomination in her honor. And cheers to my brilliant Desi, Javier Bardem, and to Aaron Sorkin and the rest of the cast, we share this with you!
Kodi Smit-McPhee, The Power of the Dog (Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture)
“This experience has been absolutely surreal. First off, my congratulations to all of my fellow nominees. There’s no greater feeling than being recognized by your peers alongside such extraordinary talent. It is profoundly humbling and I’m incredibly proud to be a member of SAG-AFTRA.”
Ariana DeBose, West Side Story (Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture)
“I am honored to be recognized by my fellow SAG-AFTRA peers for a project of which I am so ridiculously proud. Any recognition is amazing, but coming from my community of actors, it’s beyond special. What an honor to be included amongst these stunningly talented women and all of this year’s nominees. I’m so thankful to Steven, Kristie Macosko Krieger, Kevin McCollum, Disney, and the entire cast, crew & creative team of West Side Story, especially my fellow actors with whom I worked so closely and who helped lift me through this performance.”
Kirsten Dunst, The Power of the Dog (Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture)
“What great news to wake up to! It has been a long time dream of mine to be in a Jane Campion movie. The fact that I got to play Rose in The Power of The Dog along with a great ensemble of actors and the genius that is Jane Campion has far exceeded any dream I could have. I am so proud of Kodi and Benedict and extremely grateful to my fellow actors who have acknowledged our performances.”
Ruth Negga, Passing (Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture)
“I’m absolutely thrilled and wowed to have received a nomination from my peers and to be in such fine company! A very special thank you to two special ladies: Rebecca Hall and Tessa Thompson. Grateful to also share the screen with my peers André Holland, Alex Skarsgård, Ashley Ware Jenkins, Bill Camp, and everyone who was a part of this project. It’s a great privilege to know them and to have worked with these wildly talented artists. Major shoutouts to Nina Yang Bongiovi, Margot Hand, and Forest Whitaker.”
Hwang Dong-hyuk, Creator, Director, Writer, and Executive Producer of Squid Game (Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series)
“As the director of Squid Game, today has to be the happiest moment. I am reminded of all the days spent on first meetings with the cast, the auditions, visiting theaters to see their performances, the script readings, rehearsals and the days on set… I want to truly thank not only the cast who have been nominated today but also all of the supporting and the near-300 background talent. Squid Game would never have been what it became without the devotion and hard work of every single one of you. You deserve all the glory and credit.”
Taylor Sheridan, Co-creator of Yellowstone (Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series)
“There’s no bigger compliment to an actor than being recognized by their peers. Congratulations to our incredibly talented cast on this wonderful and well deserved nomination.”
David Glasser, Executive Producer of Yellowstone (Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series)
“It is incredibly rewarding to see the Yellowstone recognition amongst our peers continue to expand as we come to the close of our 4th season; it’s a true testament to the original voices and special universe that Taylor created. This nomination and is a wonderful close to our recent record-breaking season finale.”
Lee Jung-jae, Squid Game (Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble In a Drama Series, Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor In a Drama Series)
“I am speechless and beyond excited to be nominated, not just individually but for our entire Squid Game team! I vividly remember the precious moments we shared together, putting in all the hard work to film the intense six rounds of games. On top of the unforgettable memories we shared, today’s SAG Awards nominations will forever be remembered as a precious and touching moment. Thank you so much to the members of SAG-AFTRA. I am also so humbled and want to share this moment with all the fans of Squid Game who have faith in justice and love, we as people cherish.”
Jung Ho-yeon, Squid Game (Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble In a Drama Series, Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor In a Drama Series)
“Thank you Screen Actors Guild members! First, I am truly excited for the best ensemble nomination, which has made all of our team’s time spent together on Squid Game even more valuable. Working on this series, and acting for the first time, I thought about how creating something “together,” and “as an ensemble” just might be the true value of our society. I feel empowered to be reminded of how “together” is more precious than a solo achievement. I am truly grateful! I’m also reminded of our best stunt team, being nominated for the best stunt ensemble nomination. I send all the love and thanks to the best stunt team ever who made sure all of us were safe on the set. Lastly, I was truly taken by surprise that I was nominated. I’m just happy knowing that my photo is going to appear alongside that of Jennifer Aniston, Reese Witherspoon, Elizabeth Moss, and Sarah Snook. Thank you to everyone who voted!”
Michael Douglas, The Kominsky Method (Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series, Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series)
“Great way to start off the New Year. Thank you to all my peers who voted. “Kominsky Method” was a career highlight from start to finish.”
Brett Goldstein, Ted Lasso (Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series, Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series)
“Holy fxxxing sxxt! It means the world to be recognized by my peers and SAG. I am so pleased to be nominated with my phenomenal cast. Juno will tell you, sometimes I ruin takes by saying ‘Fxxxing hell, you’re so good’ instead of my actual line because I’m so in awe.
Then, to be nominated in the same category with four all-time heroes…. Like serious Got-All-Their-Movies-And-Their-Posters type All-Time Heroes. Truly mind-blowing. Thank you SAG for putting me anywhere near these legends.
Pray for them. Because if I get to meet them, I will drive them all insane. Jason can attest to this.”
Murray Bartlett, The White Lotus (Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Limited Series)
To all of the concierge and hotel staff around the world- I share this honor (and pain) with you. In all seriousness- I am beyond thrilled and humbled to be recognized by my peers. Working on “The White Lotus” has been one of the great joys of my career and I’m so honoured to be nominated in this extraordinary group of actors, and alongside the powerhouse that is Jennifer Coolidge.
Michael Keaton, Dopesick (Outstanding Performance By A Male Actor In A Television Movie Or Limited Series)
“I am not going to lie; this is meaningful because this recognition may bring more people to watch DOPESICK. The show shines a light on our country’s ongoing and infuriating battle against big pharma, corruption, and, thanks to our leader, the incredibly smart, empathetic, and talented Danny Strong, it does so without judgement, recognizing the innocent victims of prescribed opioid addiction and the families who suffer in the wake of this vicious cycle.
As an actor, I have a whole bunch of reasons to feel grateful and know that the company we keep matters. On DOPESICK I was fortunate to play with some real Greats: Barry Levinson, Michael Cuesta, Patricia Riggen, Kaitlyn Dever, Will Poulter, Peter Sarsgaard, Mare Winningham, Ray McKinnon, Michael Stuhlbarg, Rosario Dawson, John Hoogenakker, Phillipa Soo, Jake McDorman, a kickass crew and producers who are best in class and kept us safe in COVID. Sometimes you get such a brilliant script, it feels like the work is done for you.
Thanks to the SAG-AFTRA community and I sure hope we are able to celebrate safely together in-person.”
Margaret Qualley, Maid (Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Movie or Limited Series)
“Wow! This is so cool! All I hope for when I’m making something is that the people I look up to see me and think I’m alright. I couldn’t be luckier to have had the opportunity to bring Stephanie Land’s beautiful and heartbreakingly real story to life, alongside my own mom and my incredible on-screen daughter, Rylea Nevaeh. I’m so flattered and I really love being a part of this community, thank you!”