2021 SAG Awards: Outstanding Moments and Winners

2021 SAG Awards: Outstanding Moments and Winners

2021 SAG Awards: Outstanding Moments and Winners

The hour-long ceremony had plenty of laughs, surprises, and Zoom.

The hour-long ceremony had plenty of laughs, surprises, and Zoom.

Text: Luana Harumi

The 27th annual Screen Actors Guild Awards, which celebrate the best performances in film and television, aired on Sunday night. Following a string of remote awards ceremonies, the hour-long show was pre-recorded, with nominees connecting over Zoom calls from their homes (or their car, as Bill Camp did).

Even though the ceremony was stripped down of its usual glitz and glamour, there were still plenty of funny bits, nice surprises, and moving speeches. Take a look at some of the most memorable moments and full list of winners from the 2021 SAG Awards below:

Ted Lasso’s opening skit

The telecast opened with a special appearance by the Ted Lasso cast, who performed an in-character skit that poked fun at other Outstanding Ensemble nominees and celebrated the SAGs – and the Muppets, of course.

“I Am an Actor…”

As SAG tradition goes, actors start the show by sharing some funny pre-fame anecdotes – and it couldn’t be different this year. Helen Mirren, Sterling K. Brown, Riz Ahmed, Henry Golding, Cynthia Erivo, Dan Levy, and Mindy Kaling were among the actors who shared some of their favorite TV shows from the past year. “I love white people behaving badly," Brown said of Succession, while Mirren said she loves the PEN15 series.

Jason Sudeikis’ sweater

After Jason Sudeikis’ Golden Globes appearance in a tie-dye hoodie, there was some speculation about what would be his outfit choice for the SAGs – he even hinted the whole Ted Lasso cast would get matching colorful hoodies for the ceremony. Though he still prioritized comfort, this time he accepted the award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series wearing a navy wool Gucci sweater with “My Body My Choice” knitted on the front.

Actors’ special skills

In another segment, actors talked about the “special skills” they have previously listed in their resumes, revealing they would sometimes include abilities they did not necessarily have early in their careers. "On my resume, I put down that I can horse ride, I can sword fight,” Cynthia Erivo said, while Riz Ahmed said he once included judo despite only having attended a few classes.

Zoom reactions

While the telecast was pre-recorded, the wins were recorded live-to-tape and featured a grid of Zoom reactions to winners and acceptance speeches. Though it is still a bit unsettling to watch an awards ceremony being carried out from home, it enables some unexpectedly endearing moments (and settings) from the nominees.

Celebrities, they’re just like us

Speaking of Zoom… Actors shared their WFH experiences – especially how it can be annoying to have to rely on the technology to work remotely. Rita Moreno enacted the way people freeze on video meetings, while Ethan Hawke said “everybody’s fighting for wifi” at his home, especially with his daughter taking drama classes, and Lily Collins revealed her video calls with David Fincher for Mank would sometimes break up.

Yuh-Jung Youn’s captivating speech

Minari’s Yuh-Jung Youn was shocked with her win for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role and gave one of the evening’s most endearing speeches. “I don’t know how to describe my feelings, I’m being recognized by Westerners. Oh, it is very, very honored. Especially by my actor fellow, choose me as a supporting actress. I don’t know. Am I saying right? My English is not good,” she said, while fellow nominees Olivia Colman and Glenn Close gestured in encouragement. “I’m very pleased and happy.”

Viola Davis’ reaction

Viola Davis seemed completely shocked over her win for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role for Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom. The actress looked blown away when her name was announced, throwing her hands in the air and nearly falling off her chair before thanking her fellow cast members and crew.

Chadwick Boseman’s posthumous win

Chadwick Boseman’s legacy was celebrated at the show when the late actor won Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role for his turn in Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom. Following up her moving acceptance speech at the Golden Globes, Boseman’s wife Taylor Simone Ledward expressed gratitude for the actor’s colleagues. “‘If you see the world unbalanced, be a crusader that pushes heavily on the seesaw of the mind.’ That’s a quote by Chadwick Boseman,” she said. “Thank you, Chad. Thank you.”

Hopes for the future

Closing off the ceremony, actors shared some of their hopes and wishes for when the pandemic is over. Mirren said she can’t wait to be able to go to movie theaters with “a tub of popcorn” again, while Kaling said she’s looking forward to seeing other actors’ “sparkly,” maskless faces. Common and Daveed Diggs shared more sensorial wishes, though: Diggs said he misses “other people sweating” on him, while Common said he wants to be able to “smell” everyone.

Below is the full list of winners:

Television Awards

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries

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 [WINNER]

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries

Cate Blanchett, Mrs. America

Michaela Coel, I May Destroy You

Nicole Kidman, The Undoing

Anya Taylor-Joy, The Queen's Gambit [WINNER]

Kerry Washington, Little Fires Everywhere

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series

Jason Bateman, Ozark [WINNER]

Sterling K. Brown, This Is Us

Josh O'Connor, The Crown

Bob Odenkirk, Better Call Saul

Regé-Jean Page, Bridgerton

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series

Gillian Anderson, The Crown [WINNER]

Olivia Colman, The Crown

Emma Corrin, The Crown

Julia Garner, Ozark

Laura Linney, Ozark

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series

Nicholas Hoult, The Great

Daniel Levy, Schitt's Creek

Eugene Levy, Schitt's Creek

Jason Sudeikis, Ted Lasso [WINNER]

Ramy Youssef, Ramy

 

Outstanding Performance by a 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 [WINNER]

Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series

Better Call Saul

Bridgerton

The Crown [WINNER]

Lovecraft Country

Ozark

Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series

Dead to Me

The Flight Attendant

The Great

Schitt's Creek [WINNER]

Ted Lasso

Outstanding Action Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Comedy or Drama Series

The Boys

Cobra Kai

Lovecraft Country

The Mandalorian [WINNER]

Westworld

Motion Picture Awards

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role

Riz Ahmed, Sound of Metal

Chadwick Boseman, Ma Rainey's Black Bottom [WINNER]

Anthony Hopkins, The Father

Gary Oldman, Mank

Steven Yeun, Minari

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role

Amy Adams, Hillbilly Elegy

Viola Davis, Ma Rainey's Black Bottom [WINNER]

Vanessa Kirby, Pieces of a Woman

Frances McDormand, Nomadland

Carey Mulligan, Promising Young Woman

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role

Sacha Baron Cohen, The Trial of the Chicago 7

Chadwick Boseman, Da 5 Bloods

Daniel Kaluuya, Judas and the Black Messiah [WINNER]

Jared Leto, The Little Things

Leslie Odom Jr., One Night in Miami

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role

Maria Bakalova, Borat Subsequent Moviefilm

Glenn Close, Hillbilly Elegy

Olivia Colman, The Father

Yuh-Jung Youn, Minari [WINNER]

Helena Zengel, News of the World

Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture

Da 5 Bloods

Ma Rainey's Black Bottom

Minari

One Night in Miami

The Trial of the Chicago 7 [WINNER]

Outstanding Action Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Motion Picture

Da 5 Bloods

Mulan

News of the World

The Trial of the Chicago 7

Wonder Woman 1984 [WINNER]

Credits: Cover photo via Getty Images.

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