2021 SAG Award Nominations: Chadwick Boseman Makes History as ‘Schitt’s Creek’ and ‘The Crown’ Get 5 Noms Each
Actor Chadwick Boseman poses in the press room at the 47th NAACP Image Awards in 2016. The actor, who died last August, made SAG history this year by earning four film nominations. Photo: Jason LaVeris / FilmMagic via Getty Images
Actor Chadwick Boseman made history with the announcement of the Screen Actors Guild nominations this morning, as the late Black Panther star became the first person to land four SAG Award film nominations in the same year.
Boseman, who died last August at age 43, was recognized for his work in Spike Lee’s Da 5 Bloods — which was the final film released in his lifetime — with a nomination for Outstanding Male Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture and as part of the nomination for Outstanding Cast in a Motion Picture. He also received a nomination for Outstanding Male Actor in a Leading Role in a Motion Picture for Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, his final film, which was released after his death, along with a nomination for that film in the Outstanding Cast in a Motion Picture category.
As the website Gold Derby noted, while some actors have nabbed four SAG Award nominations in previous years, they were combined between both the film and television categories. No one has ever received four nominations solely in the film category.
The SAG Award nominations, meanwhile filled many of the gaps that many felt were left by yesterday’s Golden Globe nominations. To start, Da 5 Bloods, directed by Spike Lee, was shut out of the Golden Globes but received three SAG noms — for Boseman, Outstanding Cast in a Motion Picture and Outstanding Stunt Ensemble in a Motion Picture.
As well, the hugely popular Netflix period drama Bridgerton, which also received no recognition from the Globes, received two SAG nominations including Outstanding Ensemble in a Drama Series and Outstanding Male Actor in a Drama Series for Rege-Jean Page. And the hit BBC One/HBO drama I May Destroy You — about the aftermath following a millennial author getting raped during a night out with her friends — received a nomination for Outstanding Female Actor in a Television Movie or Limited Series for the show’s creator, writer, executive producer, co-director and star Michaela Coel.
The nomination comes a day after Deborah Copaken, one of the writers on the Netflix series Emily in Paris — which received two Globe nominations — wrote an op-ed in The Guardian newspaper decrying the fact that I May Destroy You received none.
“I May Destroy You was not only my favourite show of 2020. It’s my favourite show ever,” she wrote, adding she was “stunned” that the Globes failed to recognize the series. “It takes the complicated issue of a rape — I’m a sexual assault survivor myself — and infuses it with heart, humour, pathos and a story constructed so well, I had to watch it twice, just to understand how Coel did it.”
Other shows and stars that the Globes shut out but the SAG Awards nominated include the HBO series Westworld and the Netflix comedy Dead to Me — including its two stars, Christina Applegate, 49, and Linda Cardellini, 45, both in the Outstanding Female Actor in a Comedy Series. As well, South Korean actress Youn Yuh-Jung, 73, and Korean-American actor Steven Yeun landed nominations for Outstanding Female Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture and Outstanding Male Actor in a Leading Role in a Motion Picture respectively for the critically acclaimed film Minari.
Still, some of the perceived snubs from the Golden Globes carried over to the SAGs, including Meryl Streep, 71, who received nothing for either the Ryan Murphy musical comedy The Prom or the Steven Soderbergh comedy-drama Let Them All Talk; screen legend Sophia Loren, 86, who starred in the Italian drama The Life Ahead; Ellen Burstyn, 88, for her much talked about role in the Netflix film Pieces of a Woman; and actor Delroy Lindo, 68, shut out for his performance in Da 5 Bloods.
Schitt’s Creek and The Crown Get More Award Season Love
Meanwhile, Canuck comedy Schitt’s Creek and royal drama The Crown continued their award season dominance — in nominations, at least — nabbing five SAG nods apiece.
For Schitt’s Creek, which signed off with its final season in 2020, stars Eugene Levy, 74, and son Dan Levy will duke it out in the Outstanding Male Actor in a Comedy Series category, while their co-stars Catherine O’Hara, 66, and Annie Murphy face off in the Outstanding Female Actor in a Comedy Series category. The show was also nominated for Outstanding Ensemble in a Comedy Series.
As for The Crown, the show picked up three of the five nominations in the Outstanding Female Actor in a Drama Series category — for Queen Elizabeth actress Olivia Colman, 47, Emma Corrin, who played Diana, Princess of Wales, and Gillian Anderson, 52, who co-starred as British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher. As well, Prince Charles actor Josh O’Connor will contend for Outstanding Male Actor in a Drama Series while The Crown itself is up for Outstanding Ensemble in a Drama Series.
Olivia Colman, meanwhile, picked up a second nomination — this one for Outstanding Female Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture — for her role in The Father, about a man who suffers hallucinations while confined to his apartment as he battles dementia. Her co-star, Anthony Hopkins, 83, is up for Outstanding Male Actor in a Leading Role in a Motion Picture for playing the eponymous patriarch.
Viola Davis, 55, the first and only African-American to win the Triple Crown of Acting — an Oscar, Emmy and Tony Award — is also a five-time SAG Award winner. And this year she’ll contend for her sixth, for Outstanding Female Actor in a Leading Role in a Motion Picture for Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, which is also up for Outstanding Cast in a Motion Picture. Davis also received a Golden Globe nomination for the role in that production.
In addition, Frances McDormand, 63, continued what many predict will be an award season to remember for her with a nod for Outstanding Female Actor in a Leading Role in a Motion Picture for Nomadland. And Gary Oldman, 62, received an Outstanding Male Actor in a Leading Role in a Motion Picture nomination for his role as Citizen Kane screenwriter Herman J. Mankiewicz in the black-and-white, David Fincher-directed love letter to Old Hollywood, Mank — which led the film nominations at the Golden Globes with six.
The Full List of Nominees
See below for the full list of 2021 Screen Actor’s Guild nominees:
Outstanding Cast in a Motion Picture
Da 5 Bloods
Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom
One Night in Miami
Trial of the Chicago 7
Outstanding Male Actor in a Leading Role in a Motion Picture
Riz Ahmed, Sound of Metal
Chadwick Boseman, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom
Anthony Hopkins, The Father
Gary Oldman, Mank
Steven Yeun, Minari
Outstanding Female Actor in a Leading Role in a Motion Picture
Amy Adams, Hillbilly Elegy
Viola Davis, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom
Vanessa Kirby, Pieces of a Woman
Frances McDormand, Nomadland
Carey Mulligan, Promising Young Woman
Outstanding Male Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture
Sacha Baron Cohen, The Trial of the Chicago 7
Chadwick Boseman, Da 5 Bloods
Daniel Kaluuya, Judas and the Black Messiah
Jared Leto, The Little Things
Leslie Odom, Jr., One Night in Miami
Outstanding Female Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture
Maria Bakalova, Borat Subsequent Moviefilm
Glenn Close, Hillbilly Elegy
Olivia Colman, The Father
Youn Yuh-Jung, Minari
Helena Zengel, News of the World
Outstanding Ensemble in a Drama Series
Better Call Saul
Outstanding Male Actor in a Drama Series
Jason Bateman, Ozark
Sterling K. Brown, This Is Us
Josh O’Connor, The Crown
Bob Odenkirk, Better Call Saul
Rege-Jean Page, Bridgerton
Outstanding Female Actor in a Drama Series
Gillian Anderson, The Crown
Olivia Colman, The Crown
Emma Corrin, The Crown
Julia Garner, Ozark
Laura Linney, Ozark
Outstanding Ensemble in a Comedy Series
Dead to Me
The Flight Attendant
Outstanding Male Actor in a Comedy Series
Nicholas Hoult, The Great
Dan Levy, Schitt’s Creek
Eugene Levy, Schitt’s Creek
Jason Sudeikis, Ted Lasso
Ramy Youssef, Ramy
Outstanding Female Actor in a Comedy Series
Christina Applegate, Dead to Me
Linda Cardellini, Dead to Me
Kaley Cuoco, The Flight Attendant
Annie Murphy, Schitt’s Creek
Catherine O’Hara, Schitt’s Creek
Outstanding Male Actor in a Television Movie or Limited Series
Bill Camp, The Queen’s Gambit
Daveed Diggs, Hamilton
Hugh Grant, The Undoing
Ethan Hawke, The Good Lord Bird
Mark Ruffalo, I Know This Much Is True
Outstanding Female Actor in a Television Movie or Limited Series
Cate Blanchett, Mrs. America
Michaela Coel, I May Destroy You
Nicole Kidman, The Undoing
Anya Taylor-Joy, The Queen’s Gambit
Kerry Washington, Little Fires Everywhere
Outstanding Stunt Ensemble in a Motion Picture
Da 5 Bloods
News of the World
The Trial of the Chicago 7
Wonder Woman 1984
Outstanding Stunt Ensemble in a Comedy or Drama Series