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a star is born in sag awards A Star is Born has received four nominations in the 25th SAG awards. (Neal Preston/Warner Bros. via AP)

A Star Is Born led nominations for the 25th Screen Actors Guild Awards with four nods including best ensemble on Wednesday, firmly establishing Bradley Coopers romantic revival as this years Academy Awards front-runner.

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In nominations announced in West Hollywood, Calif., the actors guild — one of the most predictive bellwethers of the Oscars — threw cold water on the awards campaigns of numerous contenders while elevating others. But A Star Is Born fared the best of all, landing nominations for Cooper (best male actor), Lady Gaga (best female actor) and Sam Elliott (best supporting male actor).

The other nominees for the groups top award, best ensemble, were, Black Panther, Bohemian Rhapsody, BlacKkKlansman and Crazy Rich Asians.

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Rami Malek movie photos Despite being widely viewed as a riveting one-man show by Rami Malek, the film ended up nominated for its ensemble cast.

That category is the most closely watched because only once in the last two decades has the eventual Oscars best picture winner not been nominated for best ensemble at the SAG Awards. The one aberration, though, was last year, when Guillermo del Toros The Shape of Water overcame the SAG omission on its way to winning best picture.

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Unless a new trend is forming, thats worrisome news for Oscar hopefuls like Vice, Adam McKays Dick Cheney biopic (which led last weeks Golden Globe nominations); Alfonso Cuarons Netflix drama Roma (the overwhelming choice of critics groups); and the 1962 road trip Green Book.

Vice still scored SAG nods for Christian Bale and Amy Adams, just as Green Book won nominations for Viggo Mortensen and Mahershala Ali.

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But Roma was shut out entirely, as was Damien Chazelles Neil Armstrong drama First Man and Barry Jenkins Harlem love story If Beale Street Could Talk. Most expected Regina King of Beale Street to be among the supporting female actor nominees.

Instead, Wednesdays nominations gave an unlikely boost to Bohemian Rhapsody, the Freddie Mercury biopic that has been a hit with audiences but was slammed by critics. Despite being widely viewed as a riveting one-man show by Rami Malek, the film ended up nominated for its ensemble cast. Malek was also nominated for best actor.

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The screen actors appeared to favor big ticket sellers over smaller independent ensembles.

Ryan Cooglers comic-book sensation Black Panther also landed a nomination for its stunt ensemble team. Spike Lees BlacKkKlansman scored nods for both John David Washington and Adam Driver. Crazy Rich Asians co-star Awkwafina, a presenter Wednesday morning, has the unusual pleasure of announcing the hit romantic comedys ensemble nomination. “It was all me,” she joked.

Black Panther
Black Panther Black Panther has scored a nomination in the best Ensemble as well.

Yorgos Lanthimos period romp The Favourite failed to crack best ensemble, but its three leads — Olivia Colman, Rachel Weisz and Emma Stone — were all nominated, as expected. Stone added a second nod for her performance in the Netflix miniseries Maniac.

Emily Blunt also scored two nominations herself: one for her lead performance in Mary Poppins Returns and one for her supporting role in A Quiet Place. The other best female performance nominees alongside Blunt, Lady Gaga and Colman were Glenn Close (The Wife) and Melissa McCarthy (Can You Ever Forgive Me?)

Blunts nomination for A Quiet Place was among the nominations many surprises, as was Margot Robbies supporting turn as Queen Elizabeth in Mary Queen of Scots.

Timothee Chalamet (Call Me By Your Name) scored his second straight SAG nomination for his supporting performance in the addiction drama Beautiful Boy. Rounding out the category alongside Ali, Driver and Elliott was Richard E. Grant for Can You Ever Forgive Me?

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Steve Carell and Timothée Chalamet in beautiful boy Timothee Chalamet (Call Me By Your Name) scored his second straight SAG nomination for his supporting performance in the addiction drama Beautiful Boy.

Usually, about 15 of the SAGs 20 individual acting nominees line up exactly with the eventual Oscar field.

In television categories, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel and Ozark led with four nominations each. Barry, GLOW, The Handmaids Tale and The Kominsky Method trailed close behind with three nominations each.

Up for best ensemble in comedy are Atlanta, Barry, GLOW, The Kominsky Method and The Marvelous Mrs Maisel. The drama series ensemble nominees went to: The Americans, Better Call Saul, The Handmaids Tale, Ozark and This Is Us.

the handmaid's tale
the handmaid's tale The Americans, Better Call Saul, The Handmaids Tale, Ozark and This Is Us are drama series ensemble nominees this year.

Though Netflix was nearly shut out on the film side (its lone nomination was for the stunt ensemble of The Ballad of Buster Scruggs), it dominated the television categories with 15 total nods.

The SAG Awards will be held Jan. 27 and broadcast live by TNT and TBS. This years show will honor Alan Alda with the Screen Actors Guild Life Achievement Award.

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The ceremony will be hosted by actress Megan Mullally, the guild announced Wednesday. The previous SAG Awards, when Kristen Bell emceed, was the first time the broadcast was hosted.

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