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Disappointing night for genre at the SAG awards

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Jan 21, 2018, 10:28 PM EST

In a night that saw the shutout of Stranger Things, The Handmaid’s Tale, and The Walking Dead, the Screen Actors Guild Awards are bucking the year’s trend of celebrating genre. While the road to the Oscars was filled with acclaim for films like The Shape of Water and Get Out at the recent Producers Guild Awards and Golden Globes, the eve of their nominations sees a harrowing swing in the other direction.

While the two stunt team awards went to Wonder Woman and Game of Thrones, in their respective movie and TV categories, no other genre film or TV show took home any love from the Screen Actors Guild. For acting Oscars especially, the SAG Awards are often seen as the final predictor. Could this mean Get Out’s widely celebrated breakout Daniel Kaluuya and The Shape of Water’s leading lady Sally Hawkins go home empty-handed on the big night?

That’s what this screeching halt to the awards season momentum seems to say. Back in November, when writer/director Jordan Peele's Get Out and writer/director Guillermo del Toro’s The Shape of Water began sweeping awards from critics and filmmakers alike, the year seemed alive with appreciation. The pair of films, alongside other genre sleepers like Blade Runner 2049 and Logan, hit the Gotham Awards and National Board of Review Awards hard before making appearances at the critics' associations in most major markets, and finding love among the professional guilds.

With Hollywood’s actors failing to recognize the work of their genre-indulging colleagues, the Oscars -- whose nominations are set to be announced this Tuesday -- are shaking up to be some of the most interesting for the geekier side of movies because these last awards reminded fans that genre productions are almost always underdogs during awards season.