It was a big evening for diverseness at the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Awards. Actors from ethnic minorities were winning all four individual film classes for the first time.
It was the 27th SAG Awards and was held on Sunday as a virtual event.
Viola Davis, Daniel Kaluuya, Youn Yuh-Jung, and the late Chadwick Boseman all won in their categories.
The Trial of the Chicago 7 of Aaron Sorkin won the best ensemble cast in a motion pictures, making history for Netflix.
In the absence of the best picture category, the ensemble prize is seen as the top honour at the SAG Awards.
The Trial of the Chicago 7 is a story that retells the story of the infamous courtroom drama. It involves a largely irrelevant group of political activists who were cited for provoking a riot. The riot was at the 1968 Democratic National Convention in Chicago.
The SAG Awards are seen as a critical pointer in which films and leads may come out on top at the Oscars. The Oscars will be presented later this month.
However, to win the favourite to win the Oscars this year, Nomadland was not nominated for SAG’s top prize. The reason behind it was as it focuses on one character rather than an ensemble cast.
Also, there was no red carpet to welcome in Los Angeles this year because of the COVID pandemic.
Instead, the awards were pre-recorded via video conference and pinched into one hour broadcast.
Some other winners at the 27th SAG Awards
Chadwick Boseman, who died last year in August of cancer at age 43, won best male actor for his performance. His role in Ma Rainy’s Black Bottom as a Blues musician of 1920s drama won him the award. The film was adapted from a cycle of play by August Wilson, the Pultizer Prize-winning playwright.
Viola Davis, who played the role of singer in Ma Rainy in the film, won the trophy for best female actor in a leading role.
Although, Davis looked quite shocked to win the award. Viola almost fell off her seat when she heard her name.
Other TV category winners included Jason Bateman for Ozark, Mark Ruffalo for I Know This Much Is True, and Jason Sudeikis for Ted Lasso.