See Andrew Garfield and More React to Their 2022 SAG Awards Nominations

The nominations for the 2022 SAG Awards are officially here, and now, stars like Andrew Garfield and Margaret Qualley are reacting to their nods in categories spanning film and television.

By Allison Crist Jan 12, 2022 5:57 PMTags
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Let awards season begin!

Rosario Dawson and Vanessa Hudgens announced the nominations for the 2022 Screen Actors Guild Awards on Wednesday, Jan. 11, and now, film and TV's biggest stars are starting to celebrate.

Nominated celebrities include Will Smith for King Richard, Lady Gaga for House of Gucci, Jessica Chastain for The Eyes of Tammy Faye, Andrew Garfield for Tick, Tick ... Boom!Bradley Cooper for Licorice Pizza, Jennifer Hudson for Respect and Kirsten Dunst for The Power of the Dog.

On the television side are Margaret Qualley for Maid, Oscar Isaac for Scenes From a Marriage, Jennifer Aniston and Reese Witherspoon for The Morning Show, Cynthia Erivo for Genius: Aretha and Brian Cox, Kieran Culkin and Jeremy Strong for Succession

Squid Game, Yellowstone, Only Murders in the Building and Ted Lasso are among the shows nominated for their ensemble performances, as are films such as Don't Look Up and Belfast.

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What makes the nods all the more exciting is that historically, the SAG Awards have been a reliable predictor of Oscar nominations. The acting categories are particularly noteworthy, as only three actors have ever gone on to win an Academy Award without a SAG mention since the Guild's inaugural awards show in 1995.

See how stars are reacting to their nominations below.

The 28th annual Screen Actors Guild Awards will be simulcast live on TNT and TBS Sunday, Feb. 27 at 8 p.m. ET / 5 p.m. PT.

Andrew Garfield, Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role, Tick, Tick... Boom!

"This honor and recognition from my peers and friends in the Screen Actors Guild means more than I'm able to express," the actor said in a statement. "Anyone with a SAG card feels and knows the story of Jonathan Larson in tick, tick…BOOM! because it is their story.  It's the story of an artist longing to express themself, an artist longing to sing as much of their song as possible while they are here alive and breathing. It's a story about longing to bring our gifts to the world; about following the thread of our destiny in the face of failure and rejection."

Garfield continued, "I'm grateful to the SAG voters for this encouragement to continue to follow my own thread of life. I'm mostly grateful to them for giving Jonathan Larson more life. For giving him his flowers and helping to keep his spirit alive for the world to hear more of his life affirming song. I share this honor with my genius director, Lin-Manuel Miranda, and this most incredible ensemble cast of actors, singers, dancers and creators. We are a true community and none of this could happen without everyone's unique giftedness and heart. Thank you from the very bottom of my overflowing heart."

Elisabeth Moss, Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series, The Handmaid's Tale

"What wonderful news this morning!" Moss said in a statement. "Safely making Season 4 of The Handmaid's Tale during the ongoing pandemic was a challenging undertaking but we are so incredibly proud of what we accomplished and receiving these SAG Award nominations is a beautiful cherry on top. I'm most especially thrilled for our cast nomination as I am lucky enough to work alongside some of the best actors in the business and I will never tire of seeing them acknowledged. Seeing them work through the lens as a director this season gave me an entirely new love and appreciation for them as artists and who they are as people. They lift me and the crew up every day!"

Lee Jung-jae, Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor In a Drama Series, Squid Game

"I am speechless and beyond excited to be nominated, not just individually but for our entire Squid Game team!" the actor said in a statement. "I vividly remember the precious moments we shared together, putting in all the hard work to film the intense six rounds of games. On top of the unforgettable memories we shared, today's SAG Awards nominations will forever be remembered as a precious and touching moment. Thank you so much to the members of SAG-AFTRA. I am also so humbled and want to share this moment with all the fans of Squid Game who have faith in justice and love, we as people cherish."

Kirsten Dunst, Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role, The Power of the Dog

"What great news to wake up to!" Dunst said in a statement. "It has been a long time dream of mine to be in a Jane Campion movie. The fact that I got to play Rose in The Power of The Dog along with a great ensemble of actors and the genius that is Jane Campion has far exceeded any dream I could have. I am so proud of Kodi and Benedict and extremely grateful to my fellow actors who have acknowledged our performances."

Jared Leto, Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role, House of Gucci

"To be nominated and recognized by your peers is one of the highest honors imaginable and upon hearing the news this morning I was filled with gratitude and humility," the actor said in a statement. "Making House Of Gucci and working with this incredible cast was an absolute inspiration. Thank you to my fellow SAG-AFTRA members, congratulations to my fellow nominees, and to the entire HOUSE OF GUCCI gang - BOOF!"

Benedict Cumberbatch, Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role, The Power of the Dog

"I'm truly humbled and honored to be nominated by my peers in the Screen Actors Guild; to be recognized by those who know and understand this wonderful craft we get to practice as our living is just fantastic," Cumberbatch said in a statement. "Preparing and making and experiencing the reaction to The Power of the Dog has been one of the best experiences of my life. Not least because of the amazing community of people in front of and behind the camera who made it all possible, especially our fearless and inspirational leader, Jane Campion."

He continued, "So I am so thrilled that Kodi and Kirsten have been recognized for their exceptional work, and that I stand not alone, but with them and Jesse and all of the actors, as well as the crew who supported me and inspired me to be 'Phil Burbank' each and every day."

Troy Kotsur, Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture, CODA

To say I am without words is an understatement... Truly though, it was an honor to be a part of this story alongside my brilliant co-stars and director Sian. I am so grateful for all of them, and so thankful to Apple TV+ for all they have done to support this. Hopefully the recognition that this beautiful film is receiving can serve as a reminder of just how funny, complex, and powerful Deaf voices can be, and that stories with actors who happen to be Deaf can be mainstream stories. I am humbled to be nominated by SAG-AFTRA for my performance and to be nominated alongside this amazingly talented cast for the ensemble award."

Jung Ho-yeon, Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor In a Drama Series, Squid Game

"Thank you Screen Actors Guild members!" the actress said in a statement. "First, I am truly excited for the best ensemble nomination, which has made all of our team's time spent together on Squid Game even more valuable. Working on this series, and acting for the first time, I thought about how creating something 'together,' and "as an ensemble' just might be the true value of our society. I feel empowered to be reminded of how 'together' is more precious than a solo achievement. I am truly grateful! I'm also reminded of our best stunt team, being nominated for the best stunt ensemble nomination. I send all the love and thanks to the best stunt team ever who made sure all of us were safe on the set."

She continued, "Lastly, I was truly taken by surprise that I was nominated. I'm just happy knowing that my photo is going to appear alongside that of Jennifer Aniston, Reese Witherspoon, Elizabeth Moss, and Sarah Snook. Thank you to everyone who voted."

Juno Temple, Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series, Ted Lasso

"I'm in complete shock and am overjoyed by this recognition from SAG," the actress said in a statement. "I'm thrilled for all my Ted Lasso family, most especially my dear friend and force of nature Hannah Waddingham! It means so much to be recognized by my fellow actors amongst this incredible group of women, and I'm very grateful."

Taylor Sheridan, Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series, Yellowstone

"There's no bigger compliment to an actor than being recognized by their peers," the Yellowstone co-creator said. "Congratulations to our incredibly talented cast on this wonderful and well deserved nomination."

Ruth Negga, Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role, Passing

"I'm absolutely thrilled and wowed to have received a nomination from my peers and to be in such fine company!" Negga said in a statement. "A very special thank you to two special ladies: Rebecca Hall and Tessa Thompson. Was grateful to also share the screen with my peers André Holland, Alex Skarsgård, Ashley Ware Jenkins, Bill Camp, and everyone who was part of this project. It's a great privilege to know them and to have worked with these wildly talented artists. Major shoutouts to Nina Yang Bongiovi, Margot Hand and Forest Whitaker."

Kodi Smit-McPhee, Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role, The Power of the Dog

"This experience has been absolutely surreal," the actor said in a statement. "First off, my congratulations to all of my fellow nominees. There's no greater feeling than being recognized by your peers alongside such extraordinary talent. It is profoundly humbling and I'm incredibly proud to be a member of SAG-AFTRA."

Will Smith, Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role, King Smith

"I am humbled and honored that the Williams family trusted me with their story and that my fellow actors have given our film such a warm reception," Smith said in a statement. "Getting to walk in Richard's shoes and having the opportunity, not only to show the world how misunderstood he was, but also to illuminate the true plight of this family as they paved their own road to becoming two of the most iconic names in sports history."

The actor continued, "AND to get to do it with this absolutely beautiful cast of actors - Aunjanue, Jon, Tony and the powerhouse performances by two of the best young actors I've ever seen on film, Saniyya and Demi! I'm beyond grateful for this experience, for this ensemble cast being recognized, and am mostly proud to play a small part in shining further light and love on the Williams family!"

Michael Keaton, Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor In a Television Movie or Limited Series, Dopesick

"I am not going to lie; this is meaningful because this recognition may bring more people to watch DOPESICK," Keaton said in a statement. "The show shines a light on our country's ongoing and infuriating battle against big pharma, corruption, and, thanks to our leader, the incredibly smart, empathetic, and talented Danny Strong, it does so without judgement, recognizing the innocent victims of prescribed opioid addiction and the families who suffer in the wake of this vicious cycle."

He continued, "As an actor, I have a whole bunch of reasons to feel grateful and know that the company we keep matters. On DOPESICK I was fortunate to play with some real Greats: Barry Levinson, Michael Cuesta, Patricia Riggen, Kaitlyn Dever, Will Poulter, Peter Sarsgaard, Mare Winningham, Ray McKinnon, Michael Stuhlbarg, Rosario Dawson, John Hoogenakker, Phillipa Soo, Jake McDorman, a kickass crew and producers who are best in class and kept us safe in COVID. Sometimes you get such a brilliant script, it feels like the work is done for you. Thanks to the SAG-AFTRA community and I sure hope we are able to celebrate safely together in-person."

Elle Fanning, Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series, The Great

"Thank you to SAG-AFTRA," Fanning said in a statement. "I am honored to be recognized by my peers for a role that means so much to me, alongside actors I greatly admire. The Great is made possible by our fearless ensemble cast, our writing genius Tony McNamara, the tireless hours of our hardworking crew, and the one who raises our bar every day, Nicholas Hoult."

Margaret Qualley, Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Movie or Limited Series, Maid

"Wow! This is so cool!" the actress said in a statement. "All I hope for when I'm making something is that the people I look up to see me and think I'm alright. I couldn't be luckier to have had the opportunity to bring Stephanie Land's beautiful and heartbreakingly real story to life, alongside my own mom and my incredible on-screen daughter, Rylea Nevaeh. I'm so flattered and I really love being a part of this community, thank you!"

Michael Douglas, Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series, The Kominsky Method

"Great way to start off the New Year," the actor said in a statement. "Thank you to all my peers who voted. Kominsky Method was a career highlight from start to finish."

Ariana DeBose, Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role, West Side Story

"I am honored to be recognized by my fellow SAG-AFTRA peers for a project of which I am so ridiculously proud," the actress said in a statement. "Any recognition is amazing, but coming from my community of actors, it's beyond special. What an honor to be included amongst these stunningly talented women and all of this year's nominees. I'm so thankful to Steven [Spielberg], Kristie Macosko Krieger, Kevin McCollum, Disney, and the entire cast, crew & creative team of West Side Story, especially my fellow actors with whom I worked so closely and who helped lift me through this performance."

Hwang Dong-hyuk, Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series, Squid Game

"As the director of Squid Game, today has to be the happiest moment," the director-producer-writer said of Squid Game's four nominations. "I am reminded of all the days spent on first meetings with the cast, the auditions, visiting theaters to see their performances, the script readings, rehearsals and the days on set... I want to truly thank not only the cast who have been nominated today but also all of the supporting and the near-300 background talent. Squid Game would never have been what it became without the devotion and hard work of every single one of you. You deserve all the glory and credit."

Javier Bardem, Best Lead Actor in a Motion Picture, Being the Richardos

"Thank you, SAG-AFTRA, I am honored to be nominated by my peers and to find myself in such remarkable company," the actor said in a statement. "Today's nominations for Being the Ricardos are a tribute to the trailblazing couple that are Lucy and Desi Arnaz. It was a great privilege to portray Desi Arnaz – a groundbreaking visionary, proud immigrant and veteran who transformed modern television."