When are the SAG Awards in 2021? What to know about the Screen Actors Guild Awards

The 2021 Screen Actors Guild Awards are poised to be unlike any ceremony in SAG Awards history. Rather than a lavish in-person live event that brings together the biggest stars in film and television together for one night of celebration, the 2021 SAG Awards will be pre-taped this week before airing an hour-long special on Sunday, April 4.

“We’re looking at trying to do a unique award ceremony in an hour and leave people saying, which they very rarely do [with an awards show], ‘Man, I wish we had more,’” executive producer Todd Milliner previously told Variety.

Ahead, everything to know about the 2021 SAG Awards, including how to watch, when it happens, and who is nominated.

When are the SAG Awards?

The 2021 Screen Actors Guild Awards take place on Sunday, April 4 beginning at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT. The event will air on both TNT and TBS and also stream online. The SAG Awards 2021 ceremony was initially scheduled for March 14, but shifted to Easter Sunday, April 4, after the Recording Academy moved the Grammys from late January to March 14. All of the calendar changes happened because of the coronavirus pandemic, which has extended awards season far beyond its traditional timeline. The SAG Awards 2021 will last for one hour and, for the first time, be previously recorded. According to Deadline, the top-secret Zoom sessions to announce the winners before Sunday will happen on Wednesday, March 31 (when the television winners will be announced) and Thursday, April 1 (when film winners are revealed).

How to watch the SAG Awards?

Cable subscribers can check out the SAG Awards 2021 on TNT and TBS beginning at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT. The show will replay at 11 p.m. ET/8 p.m. PT. The SAG Awards will also stream live online via Hulu Live, YouTube TV, and the TNT and TBS website (though a cable subscription is required). The show will last for one hour and include pre-taped winner speeches and comedy bits.

Who is nominated for the 2021 SAG Awards?

The Screen Actors Guild Awards honor the best acting in film and television and are often seen as a reliable indicator for the Academy Awards due to the actors’ branch having the largest footprint inside the academy. This year, the SAG Awards nominated future Best Actor Oscar nominees Chadwick Boseman for “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom,” Anthony Hopkins for “The Father,” Gary Oldman for “Mank,” Riz Ahmed for “Sound of Metal,” and Steven Yeun for “Minari.” (Tom Hanks for “News of the World” and Delroy Lindo for “Da 5 Bloods” were among the high-profile snubs.)

For Best Actress, SAG nominated future Oscar nominees Viola Davis for “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom,” Frances McDormand for “Nomadland,” Carey Mulligan for “Promising Young Woman,” and Vanessa Kirby for “Pieces of a Woman.” Also making the SAG Awards Best Actress cut was Amy Adams for “Hillbilly Elegy.” Like Yeun, Adams’ nomination was a bit of a surprise — despite the SAG Awards’ long-time infatuation with the actress. Adams was singled out over Best Actress Oscar nominee Andra Day for “The United States vs. Billie Holiday.”

In Best Supporting Actress, the SAG Awards nominated a quartet of future Oscar nominees: Maria Bakalova for “Borat Subsequent Moviefilm,” Glenn Close for “Hillbilly Elegy,” Olivia Colman for “The Father,” and Youn Yuh-Jung for “Minari.” The other SAG Award nominee in the category is Helena Zengel for “News of the World,” but the young star missed an Oscar nomination in favor of Amanda Seyfried for “Mank.”

The Best Supporting Actor nominees are Chadwick Boseman for “Da 5 Bloods,” Sacha Baron Cohen for “The Trial of the Chicago 7,” Daniel Kaluuya for “Judas and the Black Messiah,” Jared Leto for “The Little Things,” and Leslie Odom, Jr.  for “One Night in Miami.” Only three of those men received nominations from the Oscars: Baron Cohen, Kaluuya, and Odom. The other Oscar nominees in the category are LaKeith Stanfield for “Judas and the Black Messiah” and Paul Raci for “Sound of Metal.”

The SAG Awards best ensemble nominees are “Da 5 Bloods,” “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom,” “Minari,” “One Night in Miami,” and “The Trial of the Chicago 7.”

On the television side, notable nominees included multiple cast members from “The Crown” (including Olivia Colman, Emma Corrin, and Gillian Anderson for Best Drama Actress and Josh O’Connor for Best Drama Actor), “Schitt’s Creek” (all four of the show’s leads were nominated in the comedy actor categories), “Ozark” (nominations for Laura Linney, Julia Garner, and Jason Bateman), and “The Queen’s Gambit” (nominations for Bill Camp and star Anya Taylor-Joy). For the full list of nominations, head here.

Who is hosting the SAG Awards?

The 2021 Screen Actors Guild Awards do not have a host this year. Instead, the show will include pre-taped comedy sketches and pre-recorded “I Am An Actor” mini-speeches from performers (a customary bit where famous stars talk about their earliest work in the acting union). While much of the show is under wraps still, one comedy sketch will come from the Apple TV show and Best Comedy Ensemble nominee “Ted Lasso.” In a video revealed by Entertainment Weekly on Monday, Best Actor nominee Jason Sudeikis, who plays the title coach on the hit show, discusses the awards with his team.

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