A large contingent of Australians led by Margot Robbie, Nicole Kidman and Geoffrey Rush is up for Screen Actors Guild Awards in Los Angeles.
The star-studded ceremony at the Shrine Auditorium on Sunday (Monday noon AEDT) is the last major awards ceremony ahead of the March 4 Academy Awards.
The Time’s Up and #MeToo campaigns will again be prominent at the SAG ceremony, although nominees are not expected to wear all black as they did at the Golden Globes.
SAG, the main union representing more than 120,000 actors, has hired Kristen Bell to host the ceremony, and every awards presenter will be female in a move to “put women in the spotlight”.
Two actors accused by women of misbehaviour, Aziz Ansari and James Franco, are nominated for SAG Awards.
A SAG best actress win by Robbie for her acclaimed performance in I, Tonya will get her Oscar campaign on track after she missed out on a Golden Globe earlier this month.
The Queensland actress, however, is a long shot for the SAG with Frances McDormand (Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri) and Sally Hawkins (The Shape of Water) the favourites in the category, and Judi Dench (Victoria & Abdul) and Saoirse Ronan (Lady Bird) the other nominees.
Robbie will have another nervous wait ahead of Tuesday’s announcement of Oscar nominees.
Fellow Aussie Kidman is the red-hot favourite to win a SAG and continue her domination of Hollywood awards season in the outstanding performance by a female actor in a TV movie or mini-series category for her performance in Big Little Lies.
Kidman, also a producer on the mini-series, has already collected an Emmy, a Golden Globe and a Broadcast Film Critics Association award for the drama inspired by Australian author Liane Moriarty’s novel.
Rush is nominated for playing Albert Einstein in the TV mini-series Genius and is an outside chance for the win.
Australia’s Abbie Cornish, as a member of the cast of Three Billboards, and Jason Clarke, for Mudbound, are nominated in SAG’s version of the best picture category – outstanding cast in a motion picture.
Australian Yvonne Strahovski and her cast from The Handmaid’s Tale will compete with fellow Aussie Dacre Montgomery and his Stranger Things cast for outstanding TV drama series ensemble.