A Big Night for Netflix, Diversity, and a Possible Game Change for ‘The Trial Of The Chicago 7’ – Deadline

Netflix unquestionably had a very big night at the SAG Awards, both in movies and in TV categories taking half of the latter’s eight categories across three shows ( The Queen’s Gambit, Ozark, The Crown), and three of the five major film categories, including the two Ma Rainey’s black background stars Viola Davis and Chadwick Boseman in lead acting roles, and for Outstanding Cast The Chicago 7 trial winning the grand prize of the evening which is the equivalent of the Oscar for Best Picture for SAG. Last year’s victory in the latter category likely sparked a late push for Parasite leading to her ultimate Oscar night sweep. Netflix possesses hope that after some disappointing demonstrations at the recent Forerunner Guild Awards for WGA and PGA, this may represent a turnaround in momentum and put Chicago 7 return to the game in an important way. A loss would be devastating to his Oscar chances, especially since this was an ensemble actor-directed film, but this SAG win could re-energizing Aaron Sorkin’s moving and timely chances of arresting the alleged favorite Nomadland. This scenario has certainly happened in the past and the Netflix team were delighted with these results tonight.

SAG Awards Portraits: Kerry Washington, Steven Yeun, Jamie Chung, Jurnee Smollett and more

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For more encouragement, Netflix just has to watch the 2005 run where, exactly like Nomadland has done so far, big crush brokeback mountain won the PGA, WGA, Golden Globe Drama, Broadcast Critics Award (now Critics Choice), as well as the DGA and BAFTA Best Film Awards, the latter are also set to go next weekend to the Searchlight movie about the nomads of the times moderns roaming the country in their vans. Always succeeded crash was able to rush in and win the Oscar for Best Picture, while also taking the original cut and screenplay, a result on April 25 that you could certainly imagine happening for as well. Chicago 7. The plot thickens. Nomadland had entered the SAG competition tonight with a single nomination for star Frances McDormand but came home empty. The lack of a casting name could be due to the fact that it is made up largely of non-actors in key supporting roles.


Additionally, the late Boseman was set to win in the lead actor category and entered the evening with a record four nominations in total for his work in My Rainey and Da 5 Bloods, Davis ‘lead actress’ victory was thought to be more of a question mark, her real cry of excitement being proof of itself. it had no idea if his name would be in the envelope. This further blurs the prospects for the highly competitive Oscar category for Best Actress. Here’s why. So far in the top three television awards shows, Andra Day has won the Globe, Carey Mulligan has won at Critics Choice, and now Davis has picked it up from his peers at SAG (perhaps the most reliable). So who wins at the BAFTAs next Sunday at the last stop before the Oscar voting begins and ends? Well, in this very strange year nothing of them are nominated there, and in fact only McDormand and Piece of a woman Vanessa Kirby is even in the BAFTAs in a category that heavily favors native British talent, meaning the Oscar race, as it is with Supporting women, has become equal. After competitive and could be anyone’s ball game.


And speaking of Supporting, Korean actress Yuh Jung Youn’s popular victory for Minari at SAG certainly increases her already considerable Oscar chances in a very competitive and dignified field that is also wide open and has also been split between the forerunner shows (non-Oscar nominated Jodie Foster won at the Globes and Maria Bakalova at Critics Choice ). With the Glenn Close vs Olivia Colman factor still percolating there, this race just got more intriguing with this win for Minari irresistible fiery grandmother who joined elsewhere last year Parasite are the only Korean actors to have won SAG awards.

Daniel Kaluuya in 'Judas and the Black Messiah'
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Male actor categories, meanwhile, have now defined lead runners with Boseman and Judas and the Black Messiah Daniel Kaluuya continues his undefeated streaks this season at Globes, Critics Choice and now SAG. It was certainly a very big night for diversity with a sharp sweep in the categories of individual film actors all going to people of color.


On the TV side, SAG has gone more predictably for past winners and nominees with The crown and Schitt Creek winning the Cast and Mark Ruffalo ensemble awards respectively completing his triple crown of Globe, Critics Choice and SAG for I know this to be true. The crown and Ozark were also familiar winners for their stars in dramatic races. However, new blood appeared with the victory of Jason Sudeikis comedy actor for Ted Lasso, and Anya Taylor-Joy for The queen’s gambit as the lead actress in a movie or limited series bodes well for their future Emmy chances.

Finally, kudos to the Screen Actors Guild for managing to keep this all under wraps since recording all of these categories via zoom last week. As far as I can see of all the attempts to leak the names of the winners leading up to tonight’s big reveal, none of them were correct, and although fully prerecorded, the blustery show arrived at just one o’clock. Well.

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