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Recognition: Kevin Costner's Yellowstone is finally being recognized this awards season, after receiving it's first ever nomination at the 2022 Screen Actors Guild Awards
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Kevin Costner’s Yellowstone is finally being recognized this awards season, after receiving it’s first ever nomination at the 2022 Screen Actors Guild Awards.

It is the first major nod that the popular show has ever received, despite being the most-watched cable TV show of the last five years.

The western drama has received a nomination in the top category of ensemble in a television drama, competing against Succession, Squid Game, The Morning Show and The Handmaid’s Tale.  

Before this, the show had only received a single Creative Arts Emmys nomination for production design for a narrative contemporary program (one hour or more).

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Recognition: Kevin Costner’s Yellowstone is finally being recognized this awards season, after receiving it’s first ever nomination at the 2022 Screen Actors Guild Awards

The show’s creator Taylor Sheridan said in a statement following the nomination: ‘There’s no bigger compliment to an actor than being recognized by their peers.’

‘Congratulations to our incredibly talented cast on this wonderful and well deserved nomination.’

The nominations for the SAG Awards, voted on by members of the SAG-AFTRA acting union, were announced on Wednesday. 

Fashion family drama House Of Gucci and dark Western The Power Of The Dog led the field of film contenders, landing three nominations each.

House Of Gucci was nominated for the group’s top prize of best movie cast. It will compete for that honor against Belfast, CODA, King Richard and Don’t Look Up. 

Joining Belfast and CODA for best ensemble were the casts for House of Gucci, Don’t Look Up and King Richard. 

Pictured left to right on porch - Beth Dutton (Kelly Reilly), John Dutton (Kevin Costner), Monica Long (Kelsey Asbille) and Jamie Duttong (Wes Bentley). Front row - Kayce Dutton (Luke Grimes) and Rip Wheeler (Cole Hauser)

Pictured left to right on porch – Beth Dutton (Kelly Reilly), John Dutton (Kevin Costner), Monica Long (Kelsey Asbille) and Jamie Duttong (Wes Bentley). Front row – Kayce Dutton (Luke Grimes) and Rip Wheeler (Cole Hauser)

Notably left out were the casts of Steven Spielberg’s West Side Story (which did land a supporting nod for Ariana DeBose) and Jane Campion’s The Power of the Dog.

Campion’s film, though, landed three individual SAG noms: Benedict Cumberbatch, Kirsten Dunst and Kodi Smit-McPhee.

In terms of TV nominations, Ted Lasso is dominating the comedy category, while Succession leads in the drama category.

Apple TV+ series The Morning Show is trailing just behind the Ted Lasso and Succession, having earned four nominations for its second season.

The program’s two leads, Jennifer Aniston and Reese Witherspoon, are both up for best actress in a drama series.

The awards are scheduled to be handed out at a ceremony in Los Angeles on February 27.

Yellowstone wrapped up its fourth season with 9.3 million viewers watching live on their televisions, nearly doubling the 5.2 million that tuned in for the end of Season 3 in August

Yellowstone wrapped up its fourth season with 9.3 million viewers watching live on their televisions, nearly doubling the 5.2 million that tuned in for the end of Season 3 in August

Meanwhile, Yellowstone’s nod comes after the series hit a new rating records with its Season 4 finale last Sunday, with more than 11 million viewers tuning in – the highest views since the 2017 Walking Dead Season 8 premiere. 

The drama takes a break from TV’s typical New York City or LA settings to focus on a real American family in Montana who are fighting to protect their cattle ranch from land-grabbing interlopers. 

The non-woke Paramount series, which first aired in 2018, has been besting cable TV mainstays with over 7 million viewers on the week of December 6. It was only surpassed by the 13 million attracted to the New England Patriots versus Buffalo Bills football game, outpacing the FOX channel’s The Five, Special Report with Brett Baer and Tucker Carlson Tonight. 

On January 2, it became the most watched show on TV since The Walking Dead Season 8 premiere on AMC in October 2017, which drew 11.4 million viewers.

Yellowstone’s finale, which was aired on Paramount Network and CMT, was viewed by 10.3 million people, while the Paramount Network encores boosted the figures to more than 11 million viewers – 81 per cent higher than its season three finale’s 5.2 million.   

‘Yellowstone continues to shatter records with more than 11 million viewers tuning into the season finale, proving we’ve hit a cultural nerve – from the center of the country to each of the coasts – and still have lots of room to grow on linear,’ said Chris McCarthy, President and CEO, ViacomCBS Media Networks. 

‘Our strategy to franchise Yellowstone into a universe of series to fuel growth for Paramount+ is already exceeding expectations with 1883 and Mayor of Kingstown proving to be two of the top titles.’ 

Social media mentions of the Season 4 finale were up by 115 percent, and was the most-mentioned show across platforms, according to Deadline.  

Co-creator Taylor Sheridan, 52, who writes his scripts from a ranch in Weatherford, Texas, has ridden the show’s rising wave of popularity, releasing Yellowstone prequel 1883 and Mayor of Kingstown, about two Michigan brothers who serve as the liaisons between prisoners and the surrounding community in a town home to multiple prisons, on Paramount+ in December and November, respectively.

Co-creator Taylor Sheridan, 52 (pictured), writes his scripts from a ranch in Weatherford, Texas, has ridden the show's rising wave of popularity, releasing Yellowstone prequel 1883 and Mayor of Kingstown for Paramount+ in December and November, respectively

Co-creator Taylor Sheridan, 52 (pictured), writes his scripts from a ranch in Weatherford, Texas, has ridden the show’s rising wave of popularity, releasing Yellowstone prequel 1883 and Mayor of Kingstown for Paramount+ in December and November, respectively

When it launched three years ago, it took off in Nielsen D markets – the least-popular TV markets, like Albany, Georgia or Missoula, Montana, as opposed to ‘Nielsen A’ markets like Los Angeles and New York City – ranking fourth among viewers between 25 and 54 in that designation. 

In ‘Nielsen A’ markets, it didn’t even crack the top 50 watched shows, according to the Wall Street Journal. 

When McCarthy took over ViacomCBS in 2019, he shifted the show’s slot from Wednesdays to Sundays and began advertising it on the Network’s other channels, like MTV and CMT. 

‘We needed to do things that would signal that the show has coastal appeal,’ McCarthy told the Journal. 

‘It’s a misconception to think you can only play to the coasts or the center. The question is: How do you play to both?’

Now, the show’s viewers are more evenly distributed, with 28 percent of its Season 4 finale viewers in A markets and another 28 percent in D markets. 

David Glasser, chief executive of 101 Studios, which produces Sheridan’s shows, said that city and country viewers alike can appreciate Yellowstone – ‘it doesn’t matter where you sit, on the coasts or in middle America, it’s about protection of your family.’

But the show depicts a way of life unfamiliar to coastal viewers, with pans on ranch landscapes and drawn-out scenes of cowboys elegantly wrangling cattle. 

Yellowstone depicts modern-day struggles that are all too real for middle-America viewers in those D markets, like the development of rural areas and the clash between landowners and government over stewardship

Yellowstone depicts modern-day struggles that are all too real for middle-America viewers in those D markets, like the development of rural areas and the clash between landowners and government over stewardship

And Yellowstone depicts modern-day struggles that are all too real for middle-America viewers in those D markets, like the development of rural areas and the clash between landowners and government over stewardship.

Kevin Costner’s character, patriarch John Dutton, put it bluntly in Episode 7 of Season 4: ‘there’s a war on our way of life.’

‘They’ll tell you that the land’s only hope if for them to be its steward. The ugly truth is they want the land, and if they get it, it will never look like our land again.’

‘I am the opposite of progress. I am the wall that it bashes against it, and I will not be the one who breaks.’

Lafayette, Indiana had the highest proportion of Yellowstone viewers in the country when Season 1 first aired in 2018. Jim Hedrick, 62, who lives there and works for Horizon Ag Consulting with farmers across the Midwest, said the show touches on issues that he can relate to, close to his own experience. 

‘They really dig into some parts of the culture that are at risk in this country,’ he told the Journal.  

Co-created by Taylor Sheridan and John Linson, Yellowstone is the cornerstone of a rapidly expanding Taylor Sheridan universe on ViacomCBS. It was used to successfully launch two new Paramount+ series from Sheridan this season, Yellowstone prequel 1883 as well as Mayor Of Kingstown, both of which received linear airings on Paramount Network behind Yellowstone in addition to their streaming runs on P+.

Yellowstone, along with the other Taylor Sheridan series, is co-produced by 101 Studios and MTV Entertainment Studios. David C. Glasser, Stephen Kay and Ron Burkle executive produce for 101 Studios, along with John Linson, Art Linson, Sheridan, Costner and Bob Yari.

‘It is incredibly rewarding to see the Yellowstone audience continue to expand even as we come to the close of our 4th season,’ Glasser said. ‘This expansion is a true testament to the original voices and universe that Taylor created. Our partners at ViacomCBS and MTV Entertainment Studios have supported Taylor’s universe utilizing linear and Paramount+ to fuel each other and continue to build the viewership.’

Yellowstone follows the Dutton family, led by John Dutton (Costner), who controls the largest contiguous ranch in the United States, under constant attack by those it borders – land developers, an Indian reservation, and America’s first National Park.

In addition to Costner, the ensemble cast of Yellowstone’s fourth season included Luke Grimes, Kelly Reilly, Wes Bentley, Cole Hauser, Kelsey Asbille, Brecken Merrill, Jefferson White, Forrie Smith, Denim Richards, Ian Bohen, Finn Little, Ryan Bingham and Gil Birmingham with Will Patton.

Watch the hit series Yellowstone, exclusively on Stan in Australia. 

SAG AWARD NOMINATIONS 

 

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Limited Series

Murray Bartlett (‘The White Lotus’)

Oscar Isaac (‘Scenes From a Marriage’)

Michael Keaton (‘Dopesick’)

Ewan McGregor (‘Halston’)

Evan Peters (‘Mare of Easttown’)

 

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Movie or Limited Series

Jennifer Coolidge (‘The White Lotus’)

Cynthia Erivo (‘Genius: Aretha’)

Margaret Qualley (‘Maid’)

Jean Smart (‘Mare of Easttown’)

Kate Winslet (‘Mare of Easttown’)

Kate Winslet ('Mare of Easttown')

Kate Winslet (‘Mare of Easttown’)

 

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series

Michael Douglas (‘The Kominsky Method’)

Brett Goldstein (‘Ted Lasso’)

Steve Martin (‘Only Murders in the Building’)

Martin Short (‘Only Murders in the Building’)

Jason Sudeikis (‘Ted Lasso’)

Jason Sudeikis ('Ted Lasso')

Jason Sudeikis (‘Ted Lasso’)

 

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series

Elle Fanning (‘The Great’)

Sandra Oh (‘The Chair’)

Jean Smart (‘Hacks’

Juno Temple (‘Ted Lasso’)

Hannah Waddingham (‘Ted Lasso’)

 

Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series

‘The Great’ (Hulu)

‘Hacks’ (HBO Max)

‘The Kominsky Method’ (Netflix)

‘Only Murders in the Building’ (Hulu)

‘Ted Lasso’ (Apple TV Plus)

 

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series

Brian Cox (‘Succession’)

Billy Crudup (‘The Morning Show’)

Kieran Culkin (‘Succession’)

Lee Jung-Jae (‘Squid Game’)

Jeremy Strong (‘Succession’)

Brian Cox ('Succession')

Brian Cox (‘Succession’)

 

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series

Jennifer Aniston (‘The Morning Show’)

Jung Ho-yeon (‘Squid Game’)

Elizabeth Moss (‘The Handmaid’s Tale’)

Sarah Snook (‘Succession’)

Reese Witherspoon (‘The Morning Show’)

 

 

 

 

  

Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series

‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ (Hulu)

‘The Morning Show’ (Apple TV Plus)

‘Squid Game’ (Netflix)

‘Succession’ (HBO)

‘Yellowstone’ (Paramount Network)

Yellowstone

Yellowstone

 

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role

Caitríona Balfe (‘Belfast’)

Cate Blanchett (‘Nightmare Alley’)

Ariana DeBose (‘West Side Story’)

Kirsten Dunst (‘The Power of the Dog’)

Ruth Negga (‘Passing)

 

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role

Ben Affleck (‘The Tender Bar’)

Bradley Cooper (‘Licorice Pizza’)

Troy Kotsur (‘CODA’)

Jared Leto (‘House of Gucci’)

Kodi Smit-McPhee (‘The Power of the Dog’)

Ben Affleck ('The Tender Bar')

Ben Affleck (‘The Tender Bar’)

 

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role

Jessica Chastain (‘The Eyes of Tammy Faye’)

Olivia Colman (‘The Lost Daughter’)

Lady Gaga (‘House of Gucci’)

Jennifer Hudson (‘Respect’)

Nicole Kidman (‘Being the Ricardos’)

 

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role

Javier Bardem (‘Being the Ricardos’)

Benedict Cumberbatch (‘The Power of the Dog’)

Andrew Garfield (‘Tick, Tick … Boom!’)

Will Smith (‘King Richard’)

Denzel Washington (‘The Tragedy of Macbeth’)

Denzel Washington ('The Tragedy of Macbeth')

Denzel Washington (‘The Tragedy of Macbeth’)

 

Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture

‘Belfast’ (Focus Features)

‘CODA’ (Apple Original Films)

‘Don’t Look Up’ (Netflix)

‘House of Gucci’ (MGM/United Artists Releasing)

‘King Richard’ (Warner Bros) 

 

Outstanding Action Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Motion Picture 

‘Black Widow’

‘Dune’

‘The Matrix Resurrections’

‘No Time to Die’

‘Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings’

 

 Outstanding Action Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Television Series

‘Cobra Kai’

‘The Falcon and the Winter Soldier’

‘Loki’

‘Mare of Easttown’

‘Squid Game’

 

 

 

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