Chadwick Boseman Earns Posthumous SAG Award for ‘Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom’


The 27th annual Screen Actors Guild (SAG) awards are tonight, honoring outstanding achievements across film and television for individual performances, cast performances, and stunt ensembles. Among tonight’s nominees is the late, great Chadwick Boseman.

Boseman earned the award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role for his portrayal of Levee. Other nominees in the category include Riz Ahmed, Anthony Hopkins, Gary Oldman, and Steven Yeun.

Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom marks Boseman’s last completed film before he passed in August 2020, reminding us one last time of the immense talent he held. Set in Chicago 1927, the film follows a recording session with Ma Rainey — “Mother of the Blues” — and her band as she clashes with her ambitious horn player Levee and the white management attempting to control her. It is adapted from the stage play by August Wilson.

Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom is streaming now on Netflix.

Julia is a writer/editor/content assistant for Nerds who joined the team in 2019.

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