Lead acting honours went to Viola Davis and the late Chadwick Boseman at the 27th SAG Awards show on Sunday (April 4) while supporting victories for Daniel Kaluuya and Yuh-Jung Youn ensured all four top individual film prizes were won by people of colour.
Both lead actors hail from Netflix’s Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, while Kaluuya is in Warner Bros’ Judas And The Black Messiah, and Youn in A24’s Minari.
Netflix stablemate The Trial Of The Chicago 7 was named best ensemble cast at the Screen Actors Guild’s pre-taped ceremony, bolstering hopes at the streamer that the film can emulate the best picture Oscar success of last year’s SAG winner, Parasite.
Davis’s triumph for her performance sets up what promises to be a thrilling Oscar showdown with Frances McDormand, who until Sunday’s ceremony had been regarded as the clear frontrunner for Searchlight Pictures’ Nomadland.
She may still be viewed as such, although the SAG award carries major heft, giving rise to the possibility of a tight race between two highly regarded actors. SAG members constitute a large voting bloc at the Academy Awards, which is also why Netflix executives will feel encouraged by Chicago 7’s ensemble prize.
However while the Guild honour is a solid bellwether it is by no means a cast-iron guarantee of Oscar success.
In the past 20 years 15 male and 15 female lead actor SAG winners have gone on to win the corresponding Oscar. Last season saw Joaquin Phoenix (Joker) and Renée Zellweger (Judy) carry their Guild triumphs all the way to the Oscars.
Davis won the SAG lead female actor prize for The Help in 2012 yet lost out at the Oscars to Meryl Streep for The Iron Lady. She won the SAG supporting female actor prize for Fences in 2017 and converted that honour into an Oscar.
McDormand won the SAG leading female actor award for Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri in 2018 and went on to win the Oscar.
The award for best leading male actor went to Boseman, who starred opposite Davis in Ma Rainey and died of cancer last August. It continued a bittersweet yet impressive awards season en route to the Academy Awards on April 25 that has yielded recognition for his role in the period drama from the Los Angeles Film Critics Association and Hollywood Foreign Press Association, among others.
It was a strong night for Netflix. Besides Ma Rainey and Chicago 7 the haul included The Crown for best drama series, and individual wins for Gillian Anderson (female actor drama series, The Crown), Jason Bateman (male actor drama series, Ozark), and Anya Taylor-Joy (female actor TV movie or miniseries, The Queen’s Gambit).
Kaluuya heads into this upcoming weekend’s Baftas and the Oscars two weeks later with the SAG supporting male actor prize to add to various critics groups wins and the Golden Globe.
Similarly, Minari’s Youn is in contention for the Bafta and Oscar and has claimed multiple critics groups’ accolades. She is the first actress from South Korea to earn a SAG supporting female actor prize.
All SAG winners had been informed of their wins several days prior to the broadcast.
Minari, Da 5 Bloods, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom and The Trial Of The Chicago 7 started Sunday’s show on three nominations each.
Winners appear below in bold.
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 (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)
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 (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 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 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)
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries
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 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