2021 SAG Awards: Cate Blanchett and Nicole Kidman are rejected

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Australian stars Cate Blanchett and Nicole Kidman are SNUBBED at the 2021 Screen Actors Guild Awards

Neither Cate Blanchett nor Nicole Kidman walked away with a Screen Actors Guild award, in a ceremony made virtual by the coronavirus pandemic.

Courtroom drama The Trial of the Chicago 7 and jazz period film Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom were the big winners at the SAG Awards, one of the last major ceremonies before the Oscars.

Set during a protest in the Vietnam War in 1968, the Trial of the Chicago 7 won the award for best ensemble with a cast including Sacha Baron Cohen, Eddie Redmayne, Frank Langella and Mark Rylance.

Missed: Neither Cate Blanchett (pictured) nor Nicole Kidman walked away with a Screen Actors Guild award, at a ceremony made virtual by the coronavirus pandemic

Missed: Neither Cate Blanchett (pictured) nor Nicole Kidman walked away with a Screen Actors Guild award, at a ceremony made virtual by the coronavirus pandemic

Langella credited writer and director Aaron Sorkin for the win, saying his “ voice is the soul of this movie. ”

All four of the winning film actors were people of color, the first time this has happened in the history of the SAG Awards in 27 years.

Chadwick Boseman, who died of cancer last year at the age of 43, received another award for his latest role as an ambitious 1930s trumpeter in Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom.

Nods: Blanchett and Kidman (pictured) were both nominated for Best Actress in a Limited Series, with Blanchett earning a nod for her role in the historical drama Mrs America and Kidman alongside Hugh Grant being nominated in The Undoing

Nods: Blanchett and Kidman (pictured) were both nominated for Best Actress in a Limited Series, with Blanchett earning a nod for her role in the historical drama Mrs America and Kidman alongside Hugh Grant being nominated in The Undoing

Nods: Blanchett and Kidman (pictured) were both nominated for Best Actress in a Limited Series, with Blanchett earning a nod for her role in the historical drama Mrs America and Kidman alongside Hugh Grant being nominated in The Undoing

Sunday’s SAG win placed him as the front runner for his first Oscar at the Academy Awards on April 25.

His widow Simone Ledward Boseman accepted a saying on behalf of Boseman from the deceased actor himself.

“If you see the world unbalanced, be a crusader weighing heavily on the seesaw of the mind,” she said.

Viola Davis won best actress for playing a jazz diva in Ma Rainey, beating presumed favorites Frances McDormand for Nomadland and Carey Mulligan in the revenge drama Promising Young Woman.

Blanchett and Kidman were both nominated for Best Actress in a Limited Series, with Blanchett earning a nod for her roles in the historical drama Mrs America and Kidman alongside Hugh Grant in The Undoing.

She lost to Anya Taylor-Joy, who won for her performance in chess drama The Queen’s Gambit.

And the winner is!  She lost to Anya Taylor-Joy (pictured), who won for her performance in chess drama The Queen's Gambit

And the winner is!  She lost to Anya Taylor-Joy (pictured), who won for her performance in chess drama The Queen's Gambit

And the winner is! She lost to Anya Taylor-Joy (pictured), who won for her performance in chess drama The Queen’s Gambit

The SAG awards, chosen by members of the actors’ union, are closely watched as actors make up the largest voting group in the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, which hosts the Oscars.

The win for The Trial of the Chicago 7 increased the odds of winning the Academy Award for Best Picture in a year when modern recession-era film Nomadland has garnered many of the pre-Oscar awards.

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, this year’s SAG ceremony was scaled back from a gala dinner to a one-hour presentation, kept at a distance and laced with jokes about how actors filled their free time during lockdown or got a start in their careers.

Minari, the Korean story of an immigrant family struggling to make it in Arkansas in the 1980s, spawned a supporting actress award for South Korean veteran Youn Yuh-jung as a grumpy grandmother.

‘I am very satisfied and happy,’ said Youn, 73.

British actor Daniel Kaluuya won for his supporting role as the late Black Panther activist Fred Hampton in Judas and the Black Messiah.

The SAG awards also recognize TV performers, with the casts of Schitt’s Creek and The Crown taking top prizes for comedy and drama respectively.

Many of the SAG winners and nominees have also won awards at the UK BAFTA awards next week and the Independent Spirit awards on April 22.

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