By BERNICE FOX
Special to Circling the News
So much is going on in our world now, it may not register that we’re in the midst of awards season!
Nominations have been announced for three awards shows: The Golden Globes, Critics’ Choice Awards and the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Awards.
Several of these nominees have Pacific Palisades connections.
We’ll start with the TV series co-created and featuring new Palisades honorary mayor, Eugene Levy. “Schitt’s Creek” won a bundle of Emmy awards last fall. And it’s nominated for a similar truckload of honors at the three upcoming awards shows, including best comedy series and nominations for the performers playing the four main characters: Eugene Levy, Dan Levy, Annie Murphy and Brentwood’s new honorary mayor, Catherine O’Hara.
Along with “Schitt’s Creek,” “Mom” is up for best comedy series from the Critics’ Choice Association. While “Schitt’s Creek” was created and produced by the Levys, “Mom” is produced by Riviera resident Chuck Lorre, who also had a hand in creating the series.
Though other awards shows give separate honors for lead and supporting roles, SAG lumps them into one category. So, father and son, Eugene and Dan Levy, are up against each other at the SAG awards. Same with Catherine O’Hara and Annie Murphy. But as O’Hara’s character in “Schitt’s Creek,” Moira Rose, would say, “When one of us shines, all of us shine.”
At the Golden Globes, it’s Palisadian versus Palisadian for actor in a TV comedy: Eugene Levy for “Schitt’s Creek” and Don Cheadle for “Black Monday.”
Rita Moreno, who served as honorary Palisades mayor before moving from the Riviera to Berkeley, has been nominated for a Critics’ Choice award for playing the lively grandmother in “One Day at a Time.”
Former Palisadian Nicole Kidman is up for a SAG award for her starring role in the limited series, “The Undoing.”
Tracey Ullman is nominated for a Critics’ Choice award for the limited series “Mrs. America.” She, too, used to live in the Palisades.
Leaving TV categories for movies, Palisades residents Ben Affleck and Tom Hanks, and former Palisades honorary mayor, Anthony Hopkins, all have Critics’ Choice nominations for best actor: Affleck for “The Way Back,” Hanks for “News of the World” and Hopkins for “The Father.”
Hopkins also is nominated for a Golden Globe and a SAG award.
Palisadians Kate Hudson and Michelle Pfeiffer are nominated for best actress in a musical or comedy at the Golden Globes. Hudson stars in “Music” and Pfeiffer is the star of “French Exit.”
Both SAG and the Critics’ Choice Association honor ensemble movie casts. And Palisades resident Michael Keaton is part of the ensemble in “The Trial of the Chicago 7,” which is nominated at both awards shows.
Amy Adams has a SAG nomination for her role in “Hillbilly Elegy.” Adams is under the Palisades umbrella because she acted at Theatre Palisades when she first arrived in Los Angeles.
And the movie “Onward” is up for best animated film at the Golden Globes. Palisades resident Chris Pratt is one of the lead voices in that movie.
The Golden Globes will air Sunday, February 28 on NBC (KNBC Channel 4). Next are the Critics’ Choice Awards, Sunday, March 7 on the CW (KTLA Channel 5). And the SAG Awards will air on both TBS and TNT on Sunday, April 4.
These three awards shows lead up to the Academy Awards, AKA the Oscars. Oscar nominations will be revealed Monday, March 15. The Oscar ceremony is set for Sunday, April 25 on ABC (KABC Channel 7).