Sag Awards 2021 shortlist: 'Ramy', 'Minari', 'Bridgerton' and 'Da 5 Bloods' score nominations

Many of those snubbed by the Golden Globes have received nods from the Screen Actors Guild

FILE - In this Feb. 14, 2018 photo, actor Chadwick Boseman poses for a portrait in New York to promote his film, "Black Panther." Boseman received two posthumous nominations from the Screen Actros Guild Awards on Thursday. Boseman, who died last August at age 43, was nominated not just for his lead performance in “Ma Rainey's Black Bottom,” but also his supporting role in “Da 5 Bloods.” (Photo by Victoria Will/Invision/AP, File)
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The late Chadwick Boseman earned double Screen Actors Guild awards nominations on Thursday, February 4, boosting hopes of posthumous Oscars glory for the trailblazing Black Panther star.

Hollywood's acting union nominated Boseman for his lead role as an ambitious young horn player in 1920s blues drama Ma Rainey's Black Bottom, and his supporting role as a Vietnam War soldier in Spike Lee's Da 5 Bloods.

Both films also scored nominations for best cast – the top prize at the Sag ceremony, which like much of the Tinseltown awards calendar has been delayed by the coronavirus pandemic.

Although less high-profile than the Golden Globes nominations, which came out on Wednesday, February 3, the Sag awards are seen as a stronger indicator of Oscars glory, since actors represent the largest branch of the roughly 10,000 Oscar voters in the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

Only two actors have ever posthumously won Oscars: Peter Finch for 1976's Network, and Heath Ledger for 2008's The Dark Knight.

Boseman died aged 43 in August last year from colon cancer, a diagnosis he never publicly discussed.

His co-star Viola Davis also earned a lead actress nod for Ma Rainey, putting it in a tie atop the Sag film acting nominations with Korean-American drama Minari.

Minari follows an immigrant family who move to 1980s rural Arkansas to scrape together a new life.

Egyptian-American actor Ramy Youssef has also been nominated for outstanding performance by a male actor in a comedy series for his eponymous TV show Ramy. He has also received a Golden Globe nomination for the second year in a row.

Rounding out the prestigious best cast category were a pair of 1960s-set civil rights movies: One Night in Miami and courtroom drama The Trial of the Chicago 7.

Netflix again dominated the film nominations with 13 nods, while rival streamer Amazon followed with four.

Trump row

Former US president Donald Trump threatened to overshadow the morning's announcement with an angry letter resigning from the Hollywood union, which had recently launched disciplinary action against him.

In the letter published on Thursday, the former star of reality TV show The Apprentice dismissed Sag's threat to expel him with the words: "Who cares!"

"I no longer wish to be associated with your union... You have done nothing for me," wrote Trump, whose screen credits include Home Alone 2 and Zoolander.

Sag-Aftra offered a succinct reply: "Thank you."

The union had voted last month to find "probable cause of a violation" by Trump in connection with the Wednesday, January 6 mob attack on the US Capitol.

It instructed a committee to investigate those events and Trump's mistreatment of broadcast journalists – whom the 160,000-member union also represents.

Also among the ranks of Sag members are Hollywood's stunt workers, who receive their only major awards recognition at the annual ceremony.

Da 5 Bloods and Chicago 7 landed stunt nominations Thursday, alongside Disney's Mulan, Tom Hanks-starring western News of the World, and superhero movie Wonder Woman 1984.

This image released by Netflix shows Isiah Whitlock, from left, Norm Lewis, Delroy Lindo, Clarke Peters and Jonathan Majors in a scene from "Da 5 Bloods." The Screen Actors Guild has nominated the cast for a SAG Award for outstanding performance by a cast in a motion picture. (Netflix via AP)

On the television side, The Crown and Schitt's Creek followed a strong showing at the Globes by topping the Sag nominations with five apiece.

The Sags nominated several TV shows overlooked by the Globes, including Netflix mega-hit Bridgerton and acclaimed British drama I May Destroy You.

The nominations were announced on Instagram Live by Daveed Diggs – who earned a television acting nod for the Disney+ version of Broadway hit Hamilton – and Lily Collins (Emily in Paris).

The 27th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards were twice postponed, first by the pandemic and later by a clash with music's Grammys.

They will now take place on Sunday, April 4, followed by the Oscars on Sunday, April 25.

See the full list of Sag Award 2021 nominees below:

Television Awards

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 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 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 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 Comedy Series

Nicholas Hoult, The Great

Daniel Levy, Schitt's Creek

Eugene Levy, Schitt's Creek

Jason Sudeikis, Ted Lasso

Ramy Youssef, Ramy

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 an Ensemble in a Drama Series

Better Call Saul


The Crown

Lovecraft Country


Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series

Dead to Me

The Flight Attendant

The Great

Schitt's Creek

Ted Lasso

Outstanding Action Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Comedy or Drama Series

The Boys

Cobra Kai

Lovecraft Country

The Mandalorian


Motion Picture Awards

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 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 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 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 Cast in a Motion Picture

Da 5 Bloods

Ma Rainey's Black Bottom


One Night in Miami

The Trial of the Chicago 7

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

With additional reporting from Katy Gillett