This year, Kaluuya was nominated in the category alongside Chadwick Boseman for Da 5 Bloods, Sacha Baron Cohen for The Trial Of The Chicago 7, Jared Leto for The Little Things and Leslie Odom Jr. for One Night In Miami.
Unlike other television and film award shows, the Screen Actors Guild Awards’ nominees and winners are voted on entirely by their peers. Approximately 160,000 members of the SAG-AFTRA union take part in the voting process each year.
This year, SAG-AFTRA has honored Kaluuya for his role as Fred Hampton in Judas And The Black Messiah. During his acceptance speech, Kaluuya gave a shoutout to all of his fellow nominees in the category. As well, he dedicated the award to his Black Panther co-star and fellow nominee Chadwick Boseman.
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In Judas And The Black Messiah, Kaluuya plays Fred Hampton, the former Chairman of the Illinois Chapter of the Black Panther Party in the ’60s. Hampton was infamously betrayed by William O’Neal (LaKeith Stanfield) who was an FBI informant. The film details the deception that took place as O’Neal infiltrated the Black Panther Party amid the civil rights protests.
Over the years, Kaluuya has been recognized at the SAG Awards for his work in Marvel’s Black Panther and Jordan Peele’s thriller Get Out. In 2018, he was nominated for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role for Get Out. However, the award was given to Gary Oldman for Darkest Hour. Get Out was also up for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture, but lost to Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.
So far, Kaluuya has already won awards for his powerful performance in Judas And The Black Messiah. At the Golden Globes, he took home Best Actor in a Supporting Role in Any Motion Picture. He also won Best Supporting Actor at the Critics Choice Awards. As well, Kaluuya’s portrayal of Hampton has also earned him his second Oscar nomination. In 2018, he was first nominated for Best Actor for Get Out. However, he lost to Gary Oldman in Darkest Hour.
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Back in August, Boseman tragically died at the age of 43 after a long battle with colon cancer. However, while battling the disease, the actor filmed various projects including Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, which is based on an August Wilson play, and the Spike Lee-directed Da 5 Bloods.
Boseman has made SAG Awards history as the first actor to earn four nominations in one year. Along with his nomination in this category for Da 5 Bloods, he is also up for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role for Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom. Both films are nominated for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture.
In Da 5 Bloods, Boseman plays Vietnam veteran Commander Norman Earl “Stormin’ Norman” Holloway, a strong mentor and spiritual guide for his friends Paul (Delroy Lindo), Otis (Clarke Peters), Eddie (Norm Lewis) and Melvin (Isiah Whitlock Jr.). Holloway appears in flashbacks from the Vietnam War while his friends search for gold they buried while in the service.
Previously, Boseman and his Black Panther co-stars won Best Film Ensemble at the SAG Awards in 2019. While accepting the award, Boseman talked about representation for people of color and first teased Black Panther 2.
Back in December, Sony and Marvel confirmed Boseman will not be recast in the upcoming film following his death. The companies also paid tribute to the actor on what would’ve been his 44th birthday with a new Marvel intro that will play before future Black Panther films.
Boseman’s 2019 SAG Awards speech is available to watch below.
Boseman has already won a few prestigious awards this year. At the Golden Globes, Boseman was awarded Best Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama for his portrayal of Levee Green in Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom. He also won Best Actor at the Critics Choice Awards last month. Boseman’s wife Taylor Simone Ledward accepted both of the awards on his behalf. As well, he has earned his first-ever nomination at the Oscars. Boseman is up for Best Actor in a Leading Role for his powerful performance as Levee.
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Da 5 Bloods is currently streaming on Netflix, and the film’s trailer can be viewed below.
Sacha Baron Cohen
The Aaron Sorkin-directed film follows the Chicago Seven, a group of anti-Vietnam War activists who were put on trial in the ’60s. They were charged with conspiracy and intention of starting riots at the 1968 Democratic National Convention in Chicago.
Along with Baron Cohen, the movie stars Michael Keaton, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Eddie Redmayne among many others. Together, the powerful group of actors has earned a Best Cast Ensemble nomination this year. As well, the film’s talented stunt performers are up for Outstanding Action Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Motion Picture.
For Baron Cohen, his performance in The Trial Of The Chicago 7 is a stark contrast from his famous character Borat. Although Baron Cohen isn’t nominated at the SAG Awards for Borat Subsequent MovieFilm, his co-star Maria Bakalova is up for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role.
This year, Baron Cohen’s role in the film earned him a Best Supporting Actor nomination at the Critics Choice Awards. However, the award went to Kaluuya for Judas And The Black Messiah.
Baron Cohen also received two acting nominations at the 2021 Golden Globes. He ended up losing Best Actor in a Supporting Role in Any Motion Picture to Kaluuya. However, he did win Best Actor in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy for Borat Subsequent Moviefilm. The film also won Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy. Additionally, Baron Cohen’s The Trial of The Chicago 7 performance has earned him a Best Actor in a Supporting Role nomination at the Academy Awards.
The Trial Of The Chicago 7 is available to watch on Netflix, and the trailer can be streamed below.
So far, 2021 has been quite a year for Leto and his return to cinema. It’s been three years since the Thirty Seconds To Mars frontman starred in his last film The Outsider. However, he has certainly stayed busy these past few years on other projects.
In 2018, Thirty Seconds To Mars released their latest full-length AMERICA which features collabs with Hasley and A$AP Rocky. The 12-track LP, which was co-produced by Zedd, earned the band their highest chart debut when it entered the Billboard 200 at No. 2. Previously, LOVE LUST FAITH + DREAMS debuted and peaked at No. 6 in 2013.
Then, in 2019, it was revealed that Leto was teaming up with Denzel Washington and Bohemian Rhapsody star Rami Malek for The Little Things. After years of anticipation, the crime thriller finally made its debut in January. In the film, Leto plays Albert Sparma, a peculiar man who becomes the prime suspect of a string of killings in Los Angeles in the ’90s.
For veteran police officer Joe “Deke” Deacon (Washington) and detective Jim Baxter (Malek), they must work together to find out if Sparma is the one behind the gruesome slayings or if they simply have the wrong man.
The suspenseful trailer for The Little Things is available to watch below.
Of course, this isn’t the first time Leto has been nominated in this category at the SAG Awards. Back in 2014, he was nominated, and won, for his role as Rayon in Dallas Buyers Club. As well, the film’s actors were up for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture, but the award went to American Hustle.
Leto’s acceptance speech at the 2014 SAG Awards is below.
Along with The Little Things, Leto also reprised his role as Joker for Zack Snyder’s Justice League. It’s been almost five years since DCEU fans saw Leto portray the Prince Of Crime in David Ayer’s Suicide Squad. However, Snyder bought back Leto’s Joker back in his recut of Justice League which is streaming on HBO Max.
Leslie Odom Jr.
For Odom Jr., this is his first SAG Awards nomination. The Hamilton star is nominated this year for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role. As well, the actors in One Night In Miami are up for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture.
One Night In Miami, which is actor Regina King’s feature film directorial debut, is a fictionalized account of what happened on Feb. 25, 1964. On that day, heavyweight boxing champion Sonny Liston went up against Cassius Clay (Eli Goree) in a famous fight. In the end, Clay won the championship which kickstarted his successful career.
Odom Jr. plays the American singer, songwriter and performer Sam Cooke. In the film, Cooke, Clay, Jim Brown (Aldis Hodge) and Malcolm X (Kingsley Ben-Adir) get together to celebrate Clay’s surprise win in the boxing ring. However, One Night In Miami also tackles the racism and protests going on in America at the time. It also depicts Clay’s conversion to the Nation of Islam and his eventual name change to Muhammed Ali.
Odom Jr.’s portrayal of Cooke has already earned him a slew of other nominations this year. He was up for Best Actor in a Supporting Role in Any Motion Picture at the Golden Globes but lost to Kaluuya for Judas And The Black Messiah. “Speak Now,” his song with Sam Ashworth that’s featured in One Night In Miami, was nominated for Best Original Song – Motion Picture. However, Laura Pausini’s “Io Si (Seen)” from The Life Ahead went on to win the award.
At the Critics Choice Awards, Odom Jr. was up for Best Supporting Actor and Best Song. Although he lost the acting category to Kaluuya, Odom Jr. did in Best Song for “Speak Now.” Both Odom Jr. and “Speak Now” are also up for awards at the Oscars.
One Night In Miami is currently available to watch on Amazon Prime Video.
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