The big winners at the 2021 SAG Awards

M-Net movies 1 (DStv channel 104) played host to the 2021 Screen Actors Guild Awards (SAG) – who were all the class acts?

The annual Screen Actors Guild Awards (SAGs) recognises outstanding performances in both film and television, by casts and individual performers. This year’s SAG Awards ceremony recognised movies and series that premiered between 1 January, 2020 and 28 February, 2021, taking a few non-traditional turns along the way in recognition of the fact that theatrical releases weren’t really a thing during 2020.

A rare pleasure in the often-tiring annual awards cycle, the SAGs, which is regarded as 1 of the best predictors for who will win the year’s big Oscar awards (coming up on Monday, 26 April) clocked in at a breezy 1-hour in length, with the hosts glammed up at home and handing out The Actor awards statuettes to the winners via video conference calls with their fellow nominees.

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Have a little laugh

This year’s SAG Awards took advantage of COVID-19 restrictions to create a fun, funny pre-taped extravaganza, kicking off with a locker room pep-talk from Jason Sudeikis in character as sports coach Ted Lasso, from his comedy series of the same name (which started the evening nominated for awards in the Male Actor In A Comedy Series, as well as Ensemble In A Comedy Series categories). In the throwback to this year’s Golden Globe Awards, the Ted Lasso sketch poked fun at Jason’s choice to wear a hoodie during his video call appearances (which he did again for this ceremony), then gave a generous nod to the other comedy ensembles casts they were up against including Schitt’s Creek, Dead To Me, The Flight Attendant, and The Great.

Watch The Flight Attendant S1 from Monday, 12 April on M-Net (DStv channel 101) at 21:30

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Watch Schitt’s Creek S1 on Fridays on Comedy Central (DStv channel 122) at 21:00

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2020-2021’s pandemic binge-viewing gave us 1 of the most charming segments of the SAG Awards evening, as performers revealed what had them glued to the TV, from Love Island and Below Decks, to Schitt’s Creek and Succession. Trashy reality TV is giving us all life, and Dame Helen Mirren loves teen comedy series Pen15!

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In-between handing out awards, the hosts and presenters for the night got personal. Jimmy Fallon, for example, read from 1 of his old CVs, highlighting the half-truths and exaggerations like his skill at “all sports”. And what was Cynthia Erivo (starring in the upcoming Genius: Aretha series) fibbing about? "On my resume I put down that I can horse ride, I can sword fight," she admits. Well, she can ride a horse… if you’re casting. And This Is Us (watch S5 from Friday, 16 April on M-Net, DStv channel 101, at 21:30) star Sterling K. Brown (nominated in the Best Male Actor in a Drama Series for This Is Us) revealed that to get the perfect headshot for his resumé, he was holding 2 hand weights just out of the shot to get those muscles flexing.

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The hosts and presenters also revealed what they’d gotten up to during lockdown when they couldn’t work. Mr. Mayor (Mondays-Fridays from Monday, 19 April on Vuzu, DStv channel 116, at 18:00) star Ted Danson and his beloved wife, Mary Steenbergen, took us inside their home to show off their daily routine of exercising, schlumping around in bathrobes and napping on the sofa (him) and learning to play the accordion at all hours (her). And everybody got real about their struggles with video conferences and Zoom, and their longing to be back feeling the energy of a crowded theatre, soundstage or cinema again.

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In Memoriam

Viola Davis, who won the Actor award for Best Female Actor in a Leading Role, Motion Picture for her role in biographical drama film Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, honoured those who’d passed on, including her co-star in the film, Chadwick Boseman, who was awarded the Actor for Best Male Actor in a Leading Role, Motion Picture, posthumously. In Viola’s words, “We have endured a year of too much loss, too many family members, friends and colleagues left us too soon. And among them, so many brilliant artists, dear not only to those of us who knew them, but to audiences all around the world who were moved by their work. May the joy they brought to all of us live on. We will miss you, and we will never forget you.”

Winning acts

Best Motion Picture Ensemble

Da 5 Bloods
Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom
One Night in Miami…
The Trial of the Chicago 7

Best Male Actor in a Leading Role, Motion Picture

Riz Ahmed, Sound of Metal
Chadwick Boseman, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom
Anthony Hopkins, The Father
Gary Oldman, Mank
Steven Yeun, Minari

Best Female Actor in a Leading Role, Motion Picture

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

Best Ensemble in a Drama Series

Better Call Saul
The Crown
Lovecraft Country

Best 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
Regé-Jean Page, Bridgerton

Best Female Actor in a Drama Series

Gillian Anderson, The Crown
Olivia Colman, The Crown
Emma Corrin, The Crown
Julia Garner, Ozark
Laura Linney, Ozark

Best Female Actor in a Supporting Role, Motion Picture

Maria Bakalova, Borat Subsequent Moviefilm
Glenn Close, Hillbilly Elegy
Olivia Colman, The Father
Yuh-Jung Youn, Minari
Helena Zengel, News of The World

Best Male Actor in a Supporting Role, Motion Picture

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…

Best Ensemble in a Comedy Series

Dead to Me
The Flight Attendant
The Great
Schitt’s Creek
Ted Lasso

Best 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

Best 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

Best Female Actor in a Limited Series or TV Movie

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

Best Male Actor in a Limited Series or TV Movie

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

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Best Action Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a TV Series

The Boys
Cobra Kai
Lovecraft Country
The Mandalorian

Best 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

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