Why The SAGs Don't Have A Best Picture Category

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The Screen Actor's Guild nominations for 2018 are here (in fact, they're all listed right here) and while you're probably obsessing over some of your favorite actors – Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman, Uzo Aduba and Allison Brie – getting nominations for stellar turns this year, you might be wondering what the nominees for best picture are.
The answer? There aren't any.
There's a simple reason why. The SAG awards are held by the Screen Actor's Guild, which is actually a union called SAG-AFTRA that offers health plans and pensions for working actors. The union also represents actors in disputes with studios when needed, and support programs for young performers.
But the most fun thing SAG does is host the annual awards show, which honors actors across multiple mediums, not films themselves specifically.
That is why the category to watch is the heart-warming ensemble acting awards for TV and movies. If you've watched the show before, you know that's when all the actors from a movie like Hidden Figures or a show like Stranger Things pile on to the awards show stage, out-of-breath and grinning ear to ear.
Of course, you may have noticed not every member of the cast is always on stage. That's because the Guild has pretty specific (and sometimes unfortunate) rules around who from the ensemble gets a nod – and who doesn't.
According to The Film Experience, the rule for inclusion in the ensemble category boils down to one simple thing: you need your own title card in a movie to be so honored. Being on a shared title card or in the credits scroll doesn't count.
What does that mean? Well, for the cast of Get Out, it means that Daniel Kaluuya, Allison Williams, Bradley Whitford, Caleb Landry Jones, Stephen Root, LaKeith Stanfield and Catherine Keener are nominees. Noticeably missing – as they share a title card – the housekeeper Betty Gabriel and the endlessly running Marcus Henderson, in what seems like a strange case of splitting hairs.
The 24th annual Screen Actors Guild Awards are set to air on Jan. 21, 2018, and will be shown live on TNT and TBS.
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