Kidman and Robbie to battle for SAG Award

Nicole Kidman (R) and Margot Robbie are competing for a SAG award for their roles in Bombshell.
Nicole Kidman (R) and Margot Robbie are competing for a SAG award for their roles in Bombshell.

The bumper Hollywood awards season has continued for Australia's A-List, with Nicole Kidman, Margot Robbie, Russell Crowe and Toni Collette nominated for Screen Actors Guild Awards.

The SAG Awards are one of the key ceremonies ahead of the Oscars, and nominations provide a significant boost to actors' campaigns.

Kidman was the biggest surprise at Wednesday's SAG nomination ceremony, with voters snubbing her in the lead actress in a TV drama series category for Big Little Lies.

However in a huge boost for her Oscar campaign, Kidman instead received a supporting actress nod for her role in Bombshell, a film focused on sexual harassment at US cable news channel Fox News.

Kidman will face off with her Bombshell co-star Margot Robbie in the SAG category.

Kidman, Robbie and the rest of the star-studded Bombshell cast, including Malcolm McDowell - who plays Rupert Murdoch - are in the running for the SAG's top award - outstanding ensemble in a motion picture.

Kidman was also nominated with her Big Little Lies cast in the TV drama series ensemble category.

Crowe, following on from his Golden Globe nomination on Monday, received a nod in the outstanding actor in a TV movie/limited series category for The Loudest Voice, which also focuses on the toxic Fox News workplace.

The New Zealand-born actor plays Fox News boss Roger Ailes.

Collette was nominated in the outstanding actress TV movie/limited series category for Unbelievable.

At the Golden Globes nomination ceremony on Monday, Kidman was snubbed for a supporting actor nod for Bombshell, but was nominated for Big Little Lies.

Robbie, Crowe and Collette all replicated their Globe nominations with SAG nods in the same categories.

The SAG Award winners will be announced on January 19 in Los Angeles.

Australian Associated Press