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Dame Helen Mirren to be honoured at 28th SAG awards alongside British nominees

Multi-award-winners Benedict Cumberbatch and Olivia Colman are tipped for top accolades, as is Kenneth Branagh's semi-autobiographical film Belfast.

Dame Helen Mirren will be honoured with the lifetime achievement award at this year’s Screen Actors Guild (SAG) awards, which sees British talent represented across a wide range of categories.

Multi-award-winners Benedict Cumberbatch and Olivia Colman are tipped for top accolades, as is Kenneth Branagh’s semi-autobiographical film Belfast, which is nominated for SAG’s equivalent for best picture.

The 28th annual ceremony is due to take place in Santa Monica, Los Angeles, on Sunday, beginning at 1am UK time.

Multi-award-winners Olivia Colman and Benedict Cumberbatch are tipped for top accolades (PA Media)

With 13 SAG Awards nominations and five wins, Dame Helen is the most decorated SAG lifetime achievement recipient, and will be presented with the award by Collateral Beauty co-star Kate Winslet.

A raft of Hollywood megastars will be taking to the stage for presenting duties during the ceremony including Leonardo Di Caprio, Jeff Goldblum, Jessica Chastain and Salma Hayek.

Cumberbatch, who is also due to present at the ceremony alongside The Power Of The Dog co-star Jesse Plemons, is nominated for best actor in a motion picture for his performance in the dark western.

The Power of the Dog UK premiere – BFI London Film Festival 2021
Kodi Smit-McPhee received a nod for best supporting actor in a motion picture for his performance in The Power Of The Dog, though the film itself was snubbed by SAG (Ian West/PA)

Co-star Kodi Smit-McPhee received a nod for best supporting actor in a motion picture, though the film itself was snubbed by the awards.

But Kenneth Branagh’s semi-autobiographical film Belfast, which focuses on the Troubles in Northern Ireland, did earn a nomination for outstanding performance by a cast in a motion picture.

The film’s Irish star, Caitriona Balfe, who appears alongside Jamie Dornan, is tipped for best supporting female actor.

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Kenneth Branagh’s semi-autobiographical film Belfast earned a nomination for outstanding performance by a cast in a motion picture (Brian Lawless/PA)

Oscar-winner Colman is nominated for female actor in a leading role for her performance in Maggie Gyllenhaal’s film The Lost Daughter.

Casts nominated at this year’s awards will also introduce clips of their films at the ceremony, adding yet more famous faces to the presenting roster.

Lady Gaga, Jared Leto and Will Smith will also present their films House Of Gucci and King Richard, respectively.

Britons are also recognised for their television comedy performances, with the football comedy Ted Lasso having produced several nominees.

House of Gucci UK Premiere – London
Lady Gaga and Jared Leto will also step up for presenting duties at this year’s SAG awards (Ian West/PA)

Hannah Waddingham, Juno Temple and Brett Goldstein are all nominated for their roles in the heart-warming Richmond-based sitcom.

Waddingham and Temple go head-to-head for the prize of outstanding actress in a comedy series, while Goldstein takes on the male lead Jason Sudeikis for outstanding actor.

The show is also nominated for best comedy series overall.

The nominees for the 28th annual SAG awards were announced via Instagram live by US actresses Rosario Dawson, known for Disney+’s The Mandalorian, and High School Musical star Vanessa Hudgens.

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