“House of Gucci” was all but disqualified from the Oscars, receiving only one entry for Best Makeup and Best Hairstyling. Conversely, it received three nominations for the SAG Awards. The cast of this crime drama competes for the best cast Lady Gaga and Jared Leto deserved mention for their portrayals of the vengeful Patrizia Reggiani and unhappy Paul Gucci or.
Of this trio of guild award nominations, Leto is best placed to cause a stir as Best Supporting Actor. He certainly has a higher profile among SAG voters than the front runner Kodi Smit McPhee (“The Power of the Dog”) and Troy Kotsur (“KODA”). And its immersive, groundbreaking performance may well win the votes of many of its peers. In fact, he won here in 2014 for another transformative performance at the Dallas Buyers Club.
Leto’s performance as the black sheep of the Gucci dynasty may have been polarizing, but it could appeal to SAG voters. They have a history of rewarding performers who are unrecognizable in their roles. Gary Oldman recently won here for his portrayal of the obese Winston Churchill in “The Darkest Hour”. Likewise, the slim Leto is unrecognizable under all those prosthetics and in a fat suit.
Beyond this physical metamorphosis, Leto delivers an over-the-top performance with a range of emotions reminiscent of his co-star Al PacinoIt’s his turn as Tony Montana in Scarface. And he does all of this while delivering his dialogue with an Italian accent.
Unlike the film academy, the SAG-AFTRA electoral body represents a variety of professions that are not exclusive to the film industry. Following SAG’s merger with the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA) in 2012, membership now includes “announcers, broadcasters, journalists, dancers, DJs, newswriters, news editors, program hosts, puppeteers, recording artists, singers, stunt performer and speaker.” In such a large voting body, campaigning can only take your film so far; Commercial success is becoming increasingly important.
“House of Gucci” grossed over $150 million at the worldwide box office. By Leto’s Rivals for Best Supporting Actor, Bradley Cooperr’s film “Licorice Pizza” was the top-performing film at the box office, grossing $25 million worldwide. Four years ago Emily Stump was in the same situation as Leto on his way to the SAG Awards. She had been snubbed by the Oscars for her role in the blockbuster “A Quiet Place” (over $350 million worldwide). But she won a victory here.
And remember, the SAG Awards nominating committee was so smitten with him Ridley Scott‘s crime family saga that she gave him a best ensemble nomination over titles like The Dog’s Power, West Side Story, and Licorice Pizza, all of which received individual nominations.
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