Screen Actors Guild's most surprising snubs: Eddie Murphy, Robert De Niro, 'Little Women'

Screen Actors Guild's most surprising snubs: Eddie Murphy, Robert De Niro, 'Little Women'

No Eddie Murphy, no Robert De Niro, no "Little Women."

Two days after Golden Globe nominations, Wednesday morning's Screen Actors Guild Awards nominations further narrowed the field of Oscar contenders. The five movie categories and eight TV categories were voted on by the 160,000 members of the SAG-AFTRA guild.

While "Bombshell" led all honorees with four nominations, including best ensemble and acting nods for stars Charlize Theron, Margot Robbie and Nicole Kidman, many others were left out.

Here's who won't be vying for "The Actor" trophies when the 26th annual SAG Awards air live Jan. 19 (8 p.m. ET/5 PT) on TNT and TBS.

The top nominees: 'Bombshell' leads Screen Actors Guild nominations with four top honors, including best ensemble.

Eddie Murphy

Murphy returned to moviemaking after a three-year hiatus as proto-rap pioneer Rudy Ray Moore in Netflix's "Dolemite Is My Name." While Murphy, who received a Golden Globe nomination for his performance, was considered a front-runner for a SAG best actor nomination, he didn't get the spot.

Robert De Niro

While co-stars Joe Pesci and Al Pacino were nominated for their respective roles in Martin Scorsese's "The Irishman," De Niro, who played the title character, did not receive a best actor nomination. "Irishman" is up for best ensemble and De Niro will be honored at the SAG Awards with a Life Achievement Award.

'Little Women'

Director Greta Gerwig's adaptation of Louisa May Alcott's "Little Women" did not earn any acting nominations for its much-praised cast, including lead actress Saoirse Ronan.

Matt Damon

Director James Mangold's depiction of the Le Mans endurance race car in "Ford v Ferrari" brought a nomination for Christian Bale. But Damon (along with co-star Tracy Letts) did not make the cut.


The comic actress showed impressive range in Lulu Wang’s drama "The Farewell," earning a best actress Golden Globe nomination (the movie also received a best foreign film nod). But she was overlooked by the SAGs, as was "The Farewell."

Screen Actors Guild's most surprising snubs: Eddie Murphy, Robert De Niro, 'Little Women'

'Knives Out'

Talk about instant momentum. Rian Johnson's "Knives Out" wowed critics and moviegoers alike at the box office, with an $126 million opening weekend worldwide and three Golden Globe nominations. But the all-star cast of Daniel Craig, Chris Evans, Ana de Armas, Jamie Lee Curtis and Christopher Plummer couldn't snag an ensemble nomination.


HBO’s addictive media titan drama had a breakthrough second season this summer both the Emmy and Golden Globe voters paid attention to. But the strong cast, and standouts Jeremy Strong and Kieran Culkin, were left out of all the TV drama categories. The SAG voters went with far more boring choices, like the ho-hum second season of “Big Little Lies.”

'Richard Jewell'

Paul Walter Hauser's "Richard Jewell" transformation to the wrongly accused title character in director Clint Eastwood's drama was passed over by SAG voters, who did not give the film, including Kathy Bates and Sam Rockwell, a nomination.

Alfre Woodard

Woodard's dramatic role as a prison warden on death row in "Clemency" received neither Golden Globe nor SAG Award nominations.

'The Two Popes'

Both heads of the Catholic Church were denied awards in "The Two Popes," nominated for a best drama Golden Globe. Jonathan Pryce, as the liberal pope Francis, missed out on a best actor nomination, and Anthony Hopkins, as the conservative Pope Benedict, came up short in best supporting actor.

Antonio Banderas

The actor will not be represented at the SAG Awards for "Pain and Glory," the critically

praised performance in his eighth film with director Pedro Almodóvar.

Shia LaBeouf

LaBeouf wrote "Honey Boy" about his own turbulent childhood, playing his father onscreen alongside Lucas Hedges (as a younger LaBeouf). Neither actor earned a SAG nomination.

Sandra Oh

The "Killing Eve" star is having a harder time making an impact this awards season, first losing the Emmy to co-star Jodie Comer in September and now losing out on both Golden Globes and SAG nominations. Oh won this award for the first season of “Eve” in 2018.

Julia Louis-Dreyfus, cast of ‘Veep’

HBO’s political comedy has been a perennial favorite of the Screen Actors Guild, but neither lead actress Louis-Dreyfus nor the ensemble cast (who both took home SAGs in 2018) were able to squeeze into the packed TV comedy categories.

Billy Porter

The "Pose" actor Porter made history at this year’s Emmy awards with his best actor in a drama win for FX’s LGBTQ-focused series, “Pose,” but the SAG voters weren’t nearly as in “Vogue” as the Television Academy. Porter’s outstanding performance was overlooked.

Contributing: Kelly Lawler