The 2021 SAG nominations are a big yikes: who got recognized & who got snubbed?

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2020 was a garbage year overall, but some good movies and TV shows did make a dent. Unfortunately, many of those good projects were snubbed for Golden Globe nominations because the projects didn’t have enough white people in them. Even for the most random-ass year in entertainment, the Golden Globes still found the time to be racist as hell. As I said this week, most years, the unions (SAGs, DGAs, WGAs) “correct” the mistakes of the Golden Globes and veer slightly more towards inclusion, but only a little bit. So I waited to see if the 2021 SAG Award nominations would at least pretend to highlight some of the Black-led films. They did! Here are the film nominations:

Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
“Da 5 Bloods”
“Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom”
“Minari”
“One Night in Miami”
“The Trial of the Chicago 7”

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role
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 Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role
Riz Ahmed (“Sound of Metal”)
Chadwick Boseman (“Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom”)
Anthony Hopkins (“The Father”)
Gary Oldman (“Mank”)
Steven Yeun (“Minari”)

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role
Maria Bakalova (“Borat Subsequent Moviefilm”)
Glenn Close (“Hillbilly Elegy”)
Olivia Colman (“The Father”)
Youn Yuh-Jung (“Minari”)
Helena Zengel (“News of the World”)

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role
Chadwick Boseman (“Da 5 Bloods”)
Sacha Baron Cohen (“The Trial of the Chicago 7”)
Daniel Kaluuya (“Judas and the Black Messiah”)
Jared Leto (“The Little Things”)
Leslie Odom, Jr. (“One Night in Miami”)

My first shock was not seeing Amanda Seyfriend from Mank – I thought she would be a shoo-in for a big Oscar campaign, but I guess not. As for Amy Adams and Glenn Close for that Hillbilly Elegy mess… my God. Both ladies deserve all of the awards, but not for THAT. For other films, please!! I’m excited to see Regina King’s One Night In Miami do so well, nomination-wise, but I guess all of those predictions about Delroy Lindo in Da 5 Bloods were wrong. Every damn year, there’s at least one performance from an actor of color and I’m always like “why do people refuse to recognize this brilliant actor?” But here we are. As for the TV nominations, I’m not posting all of the categories, but you can see the full list here.

Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series
“Better Call Saul”
“Bridgerton”
“The Crown”
“Lovecraft Country”
“Ozark”

Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series
“Dead to Me”
“The Flight Attendant”
“The Great”
“Schitt’s Creek”
“Ted Lasso”

Outstanding Performance by a 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 Performance by a 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 Performance by a 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 Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries
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”)

Female Actor in a Drama Series is just about two shows, Ozark and The Crown. And people really just hate Issa Rae, Insecure, Mindy Kaling and Never Have I Ever, huh? At least Michaela Coel got nominated, although my guess is that Anya Taylor-Joy has a lot of these awards sewn up for The Queen’s Gambit. Once again, much love to Ted Lasso, which is genuinely a lovely, funny, well-written show. Nice to see Bridgerton get some love, especially for Rege-Jean Page. I think Bridgerton was in such a weird spot – technically, the show began streaming before the end of 2020, but Netflix might have been smarter to push the awards campaign until next year. Who knows, I have no idea how it works with streaming anymore, to be completely honest.

(Hey, at least there’s no Emily in Paris!)

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  1. Boomboom says:

    Just wanted to say that Helena Zengel deserved all of the awards for her work in System Crasher (do yourself a favour and watch it if you haven’t, but make sure that you’re in the right place for it, it’s absolutely gut-wrenching). Her performance, especially at her age, left me in awe. Does anyone know anything about ‘News of the World’ though? I’m a little worried that they might not be handling the representation of Native Americans and all that comes with it sensitively?

    • lemonylips says:

      Thanks for recommending System Crasher, looks interesting.

    • Ann says:

      I saw News Of The World. She’s terrific in it. As for the representation of Native Americans, there really isn’t any? It very much focuses on the two main characters and their relationship and journey. Helena’s character was taken by the Kiowa as a very young girl, when they raided her home and killed her parents and sister. This happened a lot in Texas and elsewhere where Native Americans and Whites clashed. Then she was basically orphaned again when soldiers killed her Kiowa family, thinking they were rescuing her. But it’s never really explored beyond that. It happened, now what should Tom Hanks do? Where does she belong?

  2. Case says:

    I’m looking forward to the SAG Awards. They’re usually my favorite award show, because I think it’s cool that it’s voted on by fellow actors, and I think these nominations are way better than the Globes.

    Hate that the leading ladies and gents of Schitt’s Creek are forced to compete against each other, though!

  3. KBeth says:

    I love both Amy Adams & Glenn Close but Hillbilly Elegy was terrible.

    • SarahCS says:

      I’d love to watch them together in something but based on the trailer and reviews I’ve read, plus the guy who wrote the book it’s based on (I believe…) ‘I got out so if you’re poor it’s on you’ attitude I’m giving this a hard pass.

      • Betsy says:

        Yes, he is deeply committed to the waster GOP attitude and I won’t give it any of my attention or money, even though I like Amy Adams and Glenn Close.

    • Wrin says:

      This will be the year that Glenn Close (finally!) gets her Oscar. Chadwick Bozeman is a well-deserved shoo-in sweep of the awards this year.

    • GOLDEN says:

      It was unwatchable

      • Ann says:

        I thought it was OK. The critics savaged it so I wasn’t expecting much, though. If it weren’t Pandemic time I wouldn’t have bothered. I was excited to read the book, which I thought was a bit of a let-down too. Amy Adams overacted the heck out of her role. She’s usually so good. Close was better.

        One thing that bugged me about the movie was how the lawyers who were recruiting Vance’s character were portrayed as so snobby. It was very unrealistic. He was at Yale Law School. They would not have been patronizing because he grew up without money, went to a state school, etc. It doesn’t work like that anymore.

  4. lemonylips says:

    Nomadland looks sooo nice. Can’t wait to watch it.

  5. Laura says:

    The Golden Globes have never been considered “serious” or “important” awards, so tbh I don’t understand what all the noise is about. They have always been a subpar, boozy version of the Oscars and will nominate as many A-list people as people to get them to come to the show. The outrage over the nomination of Emily in Paris already got them weeks of publicity, it’s just a popularity contest. Great television and films (I May Destroy You and Da 5 bloods) will get the recognition they deserves by important awards, not because the other awards are trying to be inclusive, but because the productions are outstanding work.

    • Det20! says:

      On a worldwide scale of course the Golden Globes are the second most important film awards (whether that is justified or why not – which is absolutely open for discussion – is not relevant). Part of their charm always was “it’s the biggest party in Hollywood”, for decades when normally movie and tv stars would not mingle for awards. In many parts of the world the SAG awards or the Critics Choice or any other of the US awards are only known to people working in or generally very interested in the entertainment world. In the last few years you will get red carpet and winner news for something like the SAG awards on tv in my country sometimes. But going back twenty or thirty years most people in Europe for example had no clue what the SAG even is.

      The Globes is an award given out by the foreign press association in Hollywood, so their international publicity was always second only to the Oscars. Even now on the main news in many countries you have mentions of nominations and wins for the Globes and the Oscars and these are the awards quoted on movie posters. Other awards might be mentioned in entertainment programmes and used for promotion in select cases. If I asked my mum or other family about film awards she would say Oscars and Globes, if I say Screen Actors Guild they go ‘huh?’.

  6. smcollins says:

    Chadwick Boseman’s double nominations is so bitter sweet. He was an incredible talent just hitting his stride and I have no doubt he would have had a long, multigenerational and celebrated career.

    • Mimi says:

      Chadwick absolutely breaks my heart and he would of had an amazing career, I’m so happy he did he recognized tho

  7. Becks1 says:

    All these nominations are just making me realize how many movies and TV shows I have NOT watched this year. I thought we were catching up on pop culture but I guess not lol.

    • LightPurple says:

      Most of these are available on one streaming platform or another or will be within the next two weeks. Some haven’t actually been released in the US yet. (The Father & Minari)

      • Becks1 says:

        Oh I know that I could have seen a lot of these, I just havent lol. I feel so behind!

        I do feel better knowing that some arent even released, I hadnt even heard of the Father.

  8. Jess says:

    Delroy Lindo is being robbed. And I don’t understand why Insecure and Never Have I Ever are ignored. They are both so great.

  9. Enis says:

    I wish we could stop giving Ozark awards.

    I’m salty because the Ozarks need the film business and other shows have filmed there (True Detective) but this show has to film in Georgia.

  10. Aleja says:

    I’m sad to not seeing Bill Murray nominated for supporting actor. I thought this would be his year. He’s great in ON THE ROCKS.
    He was thought te be a sure in all awards after the movie premiered, he got a golden globe nom, but without a sag nom, his Oscar chances seem slim.

  11. Other Renee says:

    Am I the only one who thought Gillian Anderson’s Thatcher was an embarrassment of caricature?

    • schmootc says:

      No, I was kind of horrified by it too. Even after I watched video of Thatcher herself. Still didn’t sell me on it.

    • FF says:

      No. It was not really like Thatcher at all, and verged on parody. I don’t why it’s getting so much notice.

      I’m hoping Emma Corrin wins.

    • Lemons says:

      I hated it too. I went and watched videos of the real Thatcher and felt that she did not really capture her, but rather a caricature of the person. She tried…

    • EarlGreyHot says:

      I felt the same way. I cringed in every scene with GA. She played her like someone much older – the posture, THAT VOICE, GODS… Emma Corrin was great as Di, though. Played brilliantly to her innocence and emotionality, also hinted at manipulative tendencies (the Big Talk that Charles and Di have with the Queen and Phil) and attention-seeking, but still you rooted for her.

  12. Abby says:

    My pandemic life has been all about Schitt’s Creek, Bridgerton and Ted Lasso. It feels like a really great time for watching tv to me—I don’t have a ton of time and don’t normally watch a lot of tv, so I’m really thankful for these excellent shows that have brought me so much joy. I want them all to win!

  13. Lemons says:

    Give Issa her awards!

  14. M.A.F. says:

    Outside of TV awards, should anyone bother with the movies? Not everyone can go to the movie theater (or would even want to) & not everything is streaming. I feel like the award shows, Super Bowl, World Series, etc. should all have an asterusk next to them for 2020 and probably 2021.

  15. ravynrobyn says:

    Is that Glenn Close in the first/top pic??

  16. Maryam says:

    What the HELL does Rhea Seehorn have to do to get a nomination? She is magnificent.

  17. The Recluse says:

    What’s astonishing to me is how very few of these I have seen and that’s because so many are available strictly via streaming services. Astonishing.