Wednesday, April 24, 2024

Chasing the Gold: Strong Showings for ‘Minari’ and ‘Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom’ as Screen Actor’s Guild announce nominees

The 27th Annual Screen Actors Guild Nominations have been announced this morning, with Lee Isaac Chung’s Minari and George C. Wolfe’s Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom performing particularly strongly with three nominations a piece. The nominees were announced via Instagram live for the first time, with Daveed Diggs and Lily Collins on-hand to present.

Big nods for both Steven Yeun and Youn Yuh-jung in the Best Actor and Best Supporting Actress categories respectively put the film in a very strong position, with Ma Rainey Black’s Bottom duo Chadwick Boseman and Viola Davis expectedly nominated.

In fact, Boseman received two posthumous nominations with the group, having shown up in the Supporting Actor category for his performance in Da 5 Bloods. Spike Lee’s drama rebounded strongly after yesterday’s disappointing Golden Globes performance, also earning itself three nominations – but there was no mention for leading man Delroy Lindo.

The Trial of the Chicago 7 was the other big performer, with a stunt ensemble nomination to go along with cast and Sacha Baron Cohen in Supporting Actor. It’s cast nomination means Netflix have three major contenders in the category, continuing its dominance from yesterday. Could this be the year Netflix finally win the big Oscar prize?

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History often points towards the importance of the SAG ensemble category in regards to the Academy, with only Braveheart, The Shape of Water and Green Book winning the Oscar for Best Picture without a cast ensemble nod since the award’s inception in 1995.

This puts Da 5 Bloods, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, Minari, One Night in Miami, and The Trial of the Chicago 7 right in the mix for Best Picture, however, it must be noted that another Oscar heavyweight – Nomadland – was not tipped for much SAG success outside of Frances McDormand anyway.

Both Helena Zengel and Jared Leto continued to build on their awards momentum with supporting nominations for News of the World and The Little Things respectively, however many have missed the Oscars even with SAG and Golden Globe nominations. There was also another major nomination for Hillbilly Elegy star Glenn Close despite the film’s negative reception, as well as Amy Adams in Best Actress.

Some of the day’s biggest snubs include Sound of Metal star Paul Raci – who’s awards hopes already took a hit yesterday – Bill Murray for On the Rocks and Ellen Burstyn for Pieces of a Woman. Of course, all three are still in contention for nods given history and the long length of this Oscar season, however many of their competitors are already looking strong.

David Fincher’s Mank was perhaps the biggest snub of all, surprisingly missing out on a cast ensemble nod which hugely dents its Oscar hopes. Amanda Seyfried also missed out in Supporting Actress, with Borat Subsequent Movefilm star Maria Bakalova looking like a strong contender in the category.

The smart money for best cast still lies with The Trial of the Chicago 7 for now given its star-studded cast, but Minari now feels like a stronger threat given its support today.

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Below is the full list of nominees. The Screen Actors Guild Awards will be broadcast live on TNT, April 4.

Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
Da 5 Bloods
Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom
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
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 Action Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Motion Picture
Da 5 Bloods
News of the World
The Trial of the Chicago 7
Wonder Woman 1984


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