SAG Awards Nominee Profile: Jared Leto (House of Gucci)
Eight years ago, Jared Leto won the esteem of his acting peers by receiving a Screen Actors Guild Award for his supporting role in “Dallas Buyers Club”. After receiving a second offer in the category last year for ‘The Little Things’, he achieved a third for ‘House of Gucci’. In the same way Chris Cooper (“American Beauty” from 1999, “Adaptation” from 2002 and “Seabiscuit” from 2003), he is now one of the two most recognized supporting male actors in SAG Awards history.
In the supporting cast race, Leto goes up against Ben Affleck (“The Tender Bar”), bradley cooper (“Licorice Pizza”), Troy Kotsur (“CODA”) and Kodi Smit McPhee (“The power of the dog”). Its four contestants are first-time nominees, and Kotsur and Smit-McPhee stand out as SAG newcomers. Cooper has prevailed against Leto once before, as he and his “American Hustle” co-stars beat the cast of “Dallas Buyers Club” in 2014. Affleck has a pair of ensemble wins under his belt for “Shakespeare.” in Love” from 1998 and 2012. “Argo”.
Leto appears in ‘House of Gucci’ as an incompetent fashion designer Paul Gucciwho played a key role in the events leading to the murder of his cousin, Maurizio Gucci (Adam Driver). Beneath heavy prosthetic makeup, Leto leans heavily on his counterpart’s supposed black sheep status by portraying him as selfish, financially irresponsible, and completely talentless. As his family members fight for years for control of the Gucci business, he only causes further complications.
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Leto is one of two nominees in this category who is also up for the ensemble award, the other being Kotsur. They face the actors of “Belfast”, “Don’t Look Up” and “King Richard”. One of her cast mates, lead actress contestant Lady Gaga, was nominated both as an ensemble member and individually for “A Star Is Born” three years ago. Apart from Leto, the only actor from the “House of Gucci” to have already triumphed in a cinematographic category is jack hustonwho shared the “American Hustle” cast win.
Collecting a bookend trophy this year would put Leto in the company of the only two-time champion in his category, Mahershala Aliwho won for “Moonlight” in 2016 and “Green Book” in 2018. At 50, he would also be the 13th oldest supporting actor of all time and the fourth oldest in the past decade after Tommy Lee Jones (66 years old, “Lincoln” from 2012), JK Simmons (60 years old, “Whiplash” from 2014) and brad pitt (56 years old, “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” in 2019).
This article is part of Gold Derby’s “SAG Awards Nominees Profile” series highlighting the 2022 contenders in film and TV.
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