Washington [US], February 5 (ANI): The much-awaited nominations for the 27th Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Awards were announced recently, with ‘Ma Rainey`s Black Bottom,’ Da 5 Bloods’, ‘Minari,’ ‘One Night in Miami’ and ‘The Trial of the Chicago 7’ featuring prominently in the nomination list.
Actor Chadwick Boseman received two posthumous nominations from the SAG Awards. Boseman, who died last August at the age of 43, was nominated not just for his lead performance in ‘Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom’, but also his supporting role in ‘Da 5 Bloods’.
The nominees, announced on Instagram Live, differed notably from the Golden Globe nominations announced the day before.
Diverging wildly from the Golden Globes’ best picture nominations, this year’s SAG ensemble category is made up of the most racially inclusive set of films in the guild’s history. Four of the five titles — ‘Da 5 Bloods’, ‘Minari’, ‘One Night in Miami’, and ‘Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom’ — feature casts led by people of colour. The fifth nominee, ‘The Trial of the Chicago 7’, is predominately white with a supporting performance by Black actor Yahya Abdul-Mateen II.
One SAG ensemble snub was ‘Mank’, which had led all Golden Globes nominations. On the TV side, ‘The Crown’ and ‘Schitt’s Creek’ each scored a leading five nominations, with ‘Ozark’ landing four nominations, while ‘Dead to Me’ earned three nods.
The nominees were announced by Lily Collins and Daveed Diggs on the SAG Awards’ Instagram account. Here is the complete list of nominations:
Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
Da 5 Bloods (Netflix)
Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom (Netflix)
One Night in Miami (Amazon Studios)
The Trial of the Chicago 7 (Netflix)
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role
Amy Adams for ‘Hillbilly Elegy’
Viola Davis for ‘Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom’
Vanessa Kirby for ‘Pieces of a Woman’
Frances McDormand for ‘Nomadland’
Carey Mulligan for ‘Promising Young Woman’
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role
Riz Ahmed for ‘Sound of Metal’
Chadwick Boseman for ‘Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom’
Anthony Hopkinsfor ‘The Father’
Gary Oldman for ‘Mank’
Steven Yeun for ‘Minari’
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role
Maria Bakalova for ‘Borat Subsequent Moviefilm’
Glenn Close for ‘Hillbilly Elegy’
Olivia Colman for ‘The Father’
Youn Yuh-Jung for ‘Minari’
Helena Zengel for ‘News of the World’
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role
Chadwick Boseman for ‘Da 5 Bloods’
Sacha Baron Cohen for ‘The Trial of the Chicago 7’
Daniel Kaluuya for ‘Judas and the Black Messiah’
Jared Leto for ‘The Little Things’
Leslie Odom, Jr. for ‘One Night in Miami’
Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series
Better Call Saul
Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series
Dead to Me
The Flight Attendant
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series
Gillian Anderson for ‘The Crown’
Olivia Colman for ‘The Crown’
Emma Corrin for ‘The Crown’
Julia Garner for ‘Ozark’
Laura Linney for ‘Ozark’
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series
Jason Bateman for ‘Ozark’
Sterling K. Brown for ‘This Is Us’
Josh O’Connor for ‘The Crown’
Bob Odenkirk for ‘Better Call Saul’
Rege-Jean Page for ‘Bridgerton’
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series
Christina Applegate for ‘Dead to Me’
Linda Cardellini for Dead to Me’
Kaley Cuoco for ‘The Flight Attendant’
Annie Murphy for ‘Schitt’s Creek’
Catherine O’Hara for ‘Schitt’s Creek’
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series
Nicholas Hoult for ‘The Great’
Dan Levy for ‘Schitt’s Creek’
Eugene Levy for ‘Schitt’s Creek’
Jason Sudeikis for ‘Ted Lasso’
Ramy Youssef for ‘Ramy’
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries
Cate Blanchett for ‘Mrs. America’
Michaela Coel for ‘I May Destroy You’
Nicole Kidman for ‘The Undoing’
Anya Taylor-Joy for ‘The Queen’s Gambit’
Kerry Washington for ‘Little Fires Everywhere’
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries
Bill Camp for ‘The Queen’s Gambit’
Daveed Diggs for ‘Hamilton’
Hugh Grant for ‘The Undoing’
Ethan Hawke for ‘The Good Lord Bird’
Mark Ruffalo for ‘I Know This Much Is True’
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
Outstanding Action Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Comedy or Drama Series
The SAG Awards will be held almost three months later this year, on April 4. After getting postponed due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic to March 14, the SAGs again moved when the Grammy Awards also took that date. (ANI)
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During one of the sessions at the psychiatric clinic where Jack is staying, a counselor suggests that Lilly should see a local therapist, Larry (Kevin Kline), after she suspects that Lilly isn’t tending to her own grieving process. But the counselor fails to mention that Larry gave up psychology long ago to become a veterinarian. Things come full circle when Lilly meets Larry as the latter’s veterinarian skills prove quite handy to the former in dealing with the territorial bird wreaking havoc in her garden.
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Now, The Starling doesn’t offer a regular story. The ideas and themes that it deals with make it a very complex film. And perhaps that’s why it’s been in the waiting for so long. And if it wouldn’t have been for Ted Melfi it would have remained a screenplay for at least some more years to come. Melfi is known for films such as ‘Winding Roads,’ ‘St. Vincent,’ and ‘Hidden Figures,’ which was nominated for three academy awards including Best Picture and Best Adapted Screenplay. The Brooklyn-born filmmaker has a rare gift to deal with subjects that puts strong women characters in the mix of things. While ‘Winding Roads’ is about three women navigating their respective love lives, ‘Hidden Figures’ tells the story of a team of female African-American mathematicians who served a vital role in NASA during the early years of the U.S. space program.
In ‘The Starling,’ Melfi has his job cut out to make the rather peculiar character of Lilly look believable. And he does succeed in the task. Of course, the casting choice of his ‘St. Vincent’ star Melissa McCarthy in the role of Lilly proves to be an inspired one. McCarthy is one of the few actors around who are capable of making the audiences laugh and cry at the drop of a hat. I remember recently watching her in the Hulu show ‘Nine Perfect Strangers’ wherein during one of the funny scenes she chokes on a grape. McCarthy is so good in the scene that I just couldn’t hold back my laughter in spite of the precarious nature of her situation. From that point onwards in the show whenever she appears on the screen she is able to punctuate the tension. But few minutes into ‘The Starling,’ I totally forgot about the character in ‘Nine Perfect Strangers’ and all I really cared about was Lilly. That’s how good an actor McCarthy really is.
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Sharing the photograph on Instagram, he wrote, “Yug wearing his safety jacket, that’s me, when we hit the waters at Maldives…A few of the many defining moments that we had during our short September break.”
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