2021 ‘SAG Award’ Predictions

There are so many amazing nominees this year, it’s hard to choose who will win. We’ve compiled a list of who we think will win and who we want to win on Sunday night.

Briana Phipps

AfterBuzz TV Producer, Host & Writer
Posted On: April 3rd, 2021 8:40 pm pst

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The SAG Awards this year are happening a bit later than usual due to the pandemic, which are usually held in January/February. The show will have no host this year and the nominees are all so amazing the race is sure to be a tight one.

Here are our predictions and thoughts on the upcoming awards.

Television

Ensemble Drama Series 

Better Call Saul 

Bridgerton 

The Crown 

Lovecraft Country 

Ozark 

The award is favorited to go to The Crown. The show won big at the Golden Globes this year, taking the award in 4 categories, it would make sense for it to win at the SAG’s too. The cast was exceptional, especially newcomer Gillian Anderson’s portrayal of prime minister Margaret Thatcher. However, while the cast was remarkable, Better Call Saul really deserves the award this season. Bob Odenkirk and Rhea Seehorn’s character development was exceptional and they really pushed themselves in their performances this past season. The show has been nominated for years, but has never won in any of the big award shows. It would be nice this year to see it get the recognition it deserves.

Most likely will win: The Crown 

Should win: Better Call Saul 

Best Actress in a Drama Series

Gillian Anderson – The Crown 

Olivia Colman – The Crown 

Emma Corrin – The Crown 

Julia Garner – Ozark 

Laura Linney – Ozark  

Gillian Anderson is the favorite to win this category and she definitely deserves it! She did a tremendous job playing England prime minister Margaret Thatcher. She made you feel both pity as well as frustration/hatred fro the character. While this category could go to any of these amazing actresses, and we wouldn’t be mad at any of them taking home the award, Gillian Anderson is our bet.

Most likely will win: Gillian Anderson

Should win: Gillian Anderson

Best 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

This category could go a number of ways. It could be given to Regé-Jean Page, who did an amazing job playing Simon in Bridgerton, but most likely it will be given to Josh O’Connor from The Crown. However our vote is for Bob Odenkirk for Better Call Saul. For the same reasons stated in the Best Ensemble category, Odenkirk really gave a stellar performance this season and deserves to be acknowledged for it.

Most likely will win: Josh O’Connor

Should win: Bob Odenkirk

Best Ensemble in a Comedy Series

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

The favorite to win is Schitt’s Creek and it definitely deserves it. This show has been looked over for so many seasons and is thankfully now getting the recognition it deserves. Sweeping at the Emmy’s and claiming best comedy series at the Golden Globes, we think this is a shoe-in to win. The other show that could also take the award, and would be deserving of it, is Ted Lasso. While we wouldn’t be mad at the Apple TV+ show winning, this is Schitt’s Creek last opportunity to.

Most likely will win: Schitt’s Creek 

Will win: Schitt’s Creek

Best Actress 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

Catherine O’Hara will most likely take home the award and she should. For 6 seasons she has been playing the character Moira brilliantly and we would be elated to see her finally win the award for it. While Kaley Cuoco would also be a great win in this category for her performance in The Flight Attendant, much like the ensemble, this would be O’Hara’s last shot for to win for Schitt’s Creek. 

Most likely will win: Catherine O’Hara

Should win: Catherine O’Hara

Best 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

This category could go to either Dan Levy, Eugene Levy, or Jason Sudeikis. In our opinion it should go to Sudeikis for his amazing portrayal of Ted Lasso. While Dan and Eugene would both be great choices to win, Sudeikis really brought home the performance of a happy go lucky guy who has to deal with the weight of the world on his shoulders.

Most likely will win: Jason Sudeikis

Should win: Jason Sudeikis

Best Actress 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

This award will most likely go to Anya Taylor-Joy from The Queen’s Gambit and while she did an amazing job in the role, it should go to Michaela Coel for her amazing performance in I May Destroy You. Coel’s portrayal of a girl dealing with rape, relationships, and self identity blew us away and she deserves to be recognized for it.

Most likely will win: Anya Taylor-Joy

Should win: Michaela Coel

Best 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

This one is a toss up in my opinion between Mark Ruffalo for I Know This Much is True and Ethan Hawke for The Good Lord Bird. Both gave amazing performances, in very different ways. While I believe this award will go to Ruffalo I would not be disappointed if Hawke go it either.

Most likely will win: Mark Ruffalo

Should win: Mark Ruffalo or Ethan Hawke

TV Stunt Cast Ensemble

The Boys
Cobra Kai
Lovecraft Country
The Mandalorian
Westworld 

I feel like this could go to either The Mandalorian or The Boys. Both are action packed with amazing fight sequences. However, it feels like this one will most likely go to The Mandalorian. There could be a twist though and the award could also be taken by Lovecraft Country who was also nominated for ensemble.

Most likely will win: The Mandalorian 

Should win: The Boys or The Mandalorian 

Film 

Best Film Ensemble 

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

Minari’s cast is slated to win and they deserve it. This film was such an emotionally moving portrayal of the immigrant experience. Each member of this cast did an exceptional job including the children. It was such a raw and realistic interpretation of family life, struggle, and love. The other film that could take the award would be The Trial of the Chicago 7, but more likely Minari will win.

Most likely will win: Minari 

Should win: Minari

Best Film Actresses 

Carey Mulligan – Promising Young Woman
Frances McDormand – Nomadland
Viola Davis – Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom
Vanessa Kirby – Pieces of a Woman
Amy Adams – Hillbilly Elegy

Carey Mulligan is the favorite to win this category, and her portrayal of a woman looking for vengeance was amazing. However, Vanessa Kirby should win the award. Kirby’s performance of loss, healing, anger, and sorrow was both beautiful and devastating to watch. She poured her whole heart and soul into this performance and should be recognized for it.

Most likely will win: Carey Mulligan

Should win: Vanessa Kirby 

Best Film Actor 

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

It will come as no surprise if Chadwick Boseman takes this award. His performance left audiences speechless. While Anthony Hopkins gave a great performance as well, and could take the award, Boseman is most likely going to win this one.

Most likely will win: Chadwick Boseman

Should win: Chadwick Boseman

Best Film Supporting Actress

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

Youn Yuh-Jung is the favorite to win for this category. Her performance as an immigrant grandmother in Minari was moving, hilarious, and authentic. While Maria Bakalova’s performance in Borat needs to be commended as well, Yuh-Jung deserves the award.

Most likely will win: Youn Yuh-Jung

Should win: Youn Yuh-Jung

Best Film Supporting Actor 

Daniel Kaluuya – Judas and the Black Messiah
Sacha Baron Cohen – The Trial of the Chicago 7
Leslie Odom, Jr. – One Night in Miami
Chadwick Boseman – Da 5 Bloods
Jared Leto – The Little Things

Daniel Kaluuya is the favorite to win and he is our pick too. His performance in Judas and the Black Messiah was emotional and raw, leaving audiences in silence by the end of the film. This award should go to Kaluuya and most likely will.

Most likely will win: Daniel Kaluuya

Should win: Daniel Kaluuya

Best Film Stunt Ensemble

Da 5 Bloods
Wonder Woman 1984
Mulan
News of the World
The Trial of the Chicago 7

The favorite for this category is Da 5 Bloods. The action sequences in this film were stunning and surprising but it’s hard to ignore more action based films like Mulan and Wonder Woman 1984. However, Da 5 Bloods should take home the award.

Most likely to win: Da 5 Bloods 

Should win: Da 5 Bloods 

The SAG Awards will air on Sunday April 4th at 9pm ET and 6pm PT on TBS and TNT.

About The Author:

Briana Phipps is a host, producer, and scheduling coordinator for AfterBuzz TV. She is currently the host for Teen Mom News Weekly and is your go to for all things Broadway! Whether you want to discuss intense TV dramas, the latest reality scoops, or the best guilty pleasures to watch she’s got you covered!

Founded by Emmy winning journalist Maria Menounos and Producer Keven Undergaro, artist-friendly AfterBuzz TV is the world’s largest digital broadcast network and pop culture news platform, producing post-game ‘after-shows’ for nearly all favorite TV shows, interviewing cast and showrunners and providing the widest video, audio and article coverage of shows, content and influencers than any entertainment news platforms in existence

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