December 11, 2019 / 4:12 PM / 8 months ago

'Bombshell' leads movie contenders for Hollywood's SAG awards

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - “Bombshell,” a drama about sexual harassment allegations at Fox News, led the movie nominees for the Screen Actors Guild Awards on Wednesday and will compete for the top prize of best cast.

The film from Lions Gate Entertainment earned four nominations overall, including nods for lead actress Charlize Theron and supporting actresses Nicole Kidman and Margot Robbie.

Other contenders for the best cast award are Mafia epic “The Irishman,” Quentin Tarantino’s 1960s period drama “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood,” Nazi-era satire “Jojo Rabbit” and “Parasite,” a social satire from South Korea.

The SAG awards are closely watched as an indicator of likely Oscar success because actors form the largest voting group in the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

Winners will be announced in a televised ceremony in Los Angeles on Jan. 19.

“Bombshell,” which debuts in U.S. movie theaters on Friday, depicts the story of the women at Fox News whose sexual misconduct allegations in 2016 led to the ouster of network founder Roger Ailes. Ailes, who died a year later, denied the accusations.

Theron plays former Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly while Kidman portrays former Fox News host Gretchen Carlson. Robbie plays a fictional but composite Fox News staffer.

“When this story broke it was only the tip of the iceberg, and then two years later we find ourselves with all these allegations against so many men in powerful positions,” Theron, also a producer of the film, told Reuters at the red-carpet premiere for “Bombshell” in Los Angeles on Tuesday.

Fox News on Wednesday had no comment on the film other than saying that no one from the movie contacted the network to fact-check their account.

Netflix Inc’s “The Irishman” scored SAG nominations for supporting actors Al Pacino and Joe Pesci but not for star Robert De Niro, who is scheduled to receive a lifetime achievement honor at the awards ceremony.

FILE PHOTO: 2019 American Cinematheque Award - Arrivals - Beverly Hills, California, U.S., November 8, 2019 - Charlize Theron. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni/File Photo

Other nominees included Brad Pitt and Leonardo DiCaprio for Sony Corp’s “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” and Scarlett Johansson for divorce drama “Marriage Story” and for “Jojo Rabbit.”

In television categories, Apple Inc received nominations for “The Morning Show” stars Jennifer Aniston, Steve Carell and Billy Crudup. The drama about a fictional news network roiled by sexual misconduct allegations streams on Apple’s new subscription service, Apple TV+.

TV series competing in top categories include “Game of Thrones,” “The Crown,” “Fleabag” and “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.”

Reporting by Lisa Richwine and Jill Serjeant; editing by Jonathan Oatis

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