The Screen Actors Guild Awards nominations are out, providing, in some cases, a necessary corrective to the strange Golden Globes slate that came a day before (no mention of The Prom or Music here). Da 5 Bloods, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom and One Night in Miami, black-led movies that failed to make the motion picture drama cut at the Globes, were all nominated for SAG’s film ensemble award, as was Minari, the excellent immigrant drama that picked up just one Globe nomination.
Chadwick Boseman in Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, which has scored multiple SAG nominations. Credit:AP
Of course, SAG voters also gave Hillbilly Elegy two nominations (Amy Adams and Glenn Close), so the choices weren’t beyond reproach, though you could make the case that voters simply wanted to salute these great women for trying their best under difficult circumstances.
As just three movies have won the the best picture Oscar without also earning a SAG Awards film ensemble nomination, the news could be read as disappointing for David Fincher’s Mank. The movie, a look at the creation of Citizen Kane, picked up a nod for star Gary Oldman, but came up short in two categories where it was predicted to land – ensemble and supporting actress (Amanda Seyfried). (Hillbilly Elegy earned more nominations than Mank. That’s going to make for some interesting conversations at Netflix today.)
Nomadland, something of a best picture Oscar frontrunner after winning early love from critics groups, was also absent in the ensemble category, though its exclusion was expected. The film, starring Frances McDormand as a woman finding community among wanderers after losing her job, features three real-life “nomads” among its five primary cast members, making it a non-starter with this guild group.
Of all the season’s contenders, Minari, Lee Isaac Chung’s delicate drama about a Korean couple moving to a farm in the heartland to stake a claim for a more meaningful life, might have received the biggest boost, earning nominations for film ensemble, lead actor Steven Yeun and supporting actress Yuh-Jung Youn. The film opens in Australia on February 18.
Steven Yeun, Alan S. Kim, Yuh-Jung Youn, Yeri Han and Noel Cho in Minari, which picked up three nominations.Credit:AP
The other film ensemble nominees include three Netflix titles – Spike Lee’s Da 5 Bloods, the film adaptation of the August Wilson play Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom and the Aaron Sorkin courtroom drama The Trial of the Chicago 7 – along with Amazon’s One Night in Miami, the Regina King-directed adaptation of Kemp Powers’ play that imagines what might have went down when Malcolm X, Sam Cooke, Cassius Clay and Jim Brown met after Clay won the heavyweight title.
All five films should be seen as likely Oscar nominees for best picture, with Nomadland and, yes, Mank rounding into the group. Promising Young Woman could also find its way in, though its showing with SAG Awards voters (just a nomination for lead Carey Mulligan) was somewhat disappointing. Many prognosticators had it earning an ensemble nod too.
The late Chadwick Boseman picked up nominations for two of the nominated ensemble films, earning a lead actor nod for Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom and a supporting nom for Da 5 Bloods. In an unsettled awards season, Boseman winning the lead actor Oscar for his final performance as the passionate horn player in Ma Rainey is likely the year’s one lock.
Boseman also made history here, picking up a record four nominations on the film side – the two individual honours, plus cast mentions in his ensembles. Maggie Smith and Jamie Foxx had also earned four nods in a single year, but for work in both film and television.
Bridgerton’s Rege-Jean Page (right) is up for best drama series actor for his work in Bridgerton.
SAG voters also offered a number of rejoinders to the Globes on the television side. Netflix’s addictive, escapist melodrama Bridgerton earned nominations for drama ensemble and lead Regé-Jean Page.
I May Destroy You star Michaela Coel was recognised for her celebrated turn in the HBO limited series.
The Crown and Schitt’s Creek led the television nominees, earning five nods apiece, a likely indication that both will eventually prevail in the ensemble categories. The strangest category might have been lead actress drama, which seemed to indicate that the random sampling of 2,500 SAG-AFTRA members voting on the television side, might have watched only two shows this year. The group nominated three women from Netflix’s The Crown – Gillian Anderson, Olivia Colman and Emma Corrin – and Julia Garner and Laura Linney from Netflix’s Ozark.
But then, it’s been a crazy year and we’ve all had other things to think about.
The 27th SAG Awards ceremony is scheduled to take place on Sunday, April 4 (Monday, April 5, AEST). The show is to be reimagined as a one-hour special; no host has been announced.
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