After a year in which so many Americans were glued to streaming services due to the coronavirus pandemic, the film industry’s award season continues with the 2021 SAG Awards, which could possibly be the final virtual awards show.
The show will air on Sunday, April 4 at 6 pm PST on TBS and TNT, but was pre-recorded on April 1. Instead of the traditional on-stage acceptance speeches, winners will be delivering their remarks from home. There will also be no host for the show as is becoming more and more the norm for Hollywood award ceremonies.
Here are some of the nominees for the major categories:
Chadwick Boseman (“Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom”)
Anthony Hopkins (“The Father”)
Riz Ahmed (“Sound of Metal”)
Steven Yeun (“Minari”)
Gary Oldman (“Mank”)
Carey Mulligan (“Promising Young Woman”)
Frances McDormand (“Nomadland”)
Viola Davis (“Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom”)
Vanessa Kirby (“Pieces of a Woman”)
Amy Adams (“Hillbilly Elegy”)
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”)
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”)
“Da 5 Bloods” and “The Trial of the Chicago 7” are nominated in three categories each, the most for the film category. For TV, “The Crown” and “Schitt’s Creek” have five nominations each, including three nominations for Best Actress in a TV Drama for “The Crown.”
Despite his death, Chadwick Boseman is still making history as he became the first actor to be nominated for four SAG awards; two individual and two for Best Cast for his roles in “Da 5 Bloods” and “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom.”
Emma Corrin, who plays Princess Diana on “The Crown,” is seeking to continue her streak of winning Best Actress in a TV Drama, which she received at both the Golden Globes and the Critics Choice Awards earlier this year. She will be going up against two of her co-stars, Olivia Colman and Gillian Anderson, who are also nominated for the award.
This could be the final award show that is produced virtually as the Oscars have announced they plan for only an in-person event with no Zoom or virtual option available. They will be held on April 25.
Many people consider the SAG Awards to be an early indicator of Oscar winners because only actors are allowed to cast votes. Actors also happen to make up a majority of the Academy, which is responsible for picking Oscar winners, so the winners here could end up being recipients of the highest honor in the entertainment industry.
Sunday night will no doubt be very interesting regardless of who wins as it will feature some of the finest actors and actresses in Hollywood. And, hopefully, the 2022 SAG Awards will be able to return to in-person at the Shrine Auditorium where it is traditionally held.