Saturday, September 18, 2021

‘Just Mercy’ Star Jamie Foxx Nominated for ‘Supporting Actor’ SAG Award

Just Mercy - Jamie Foxx & Michael B. Jordan
Jamie Foxx and Michael B. Jordan in “Just Mercy”

*The nominations for the 2020 Screen Actors Guild Awards were announced this morning (Dec. 11), with “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood,” “Bombshell,” and “The Irishman” leading the pack, picking up four nods apiece.

Having witnessed Jamie Foxx’s stellar performance as wrongfully accused prisoner Walter McMillian in Destin Daniel Cretton’s “Just Mercy,” we’re pleased he earned a nod for supporting actor.

“I am humbled to be in the company of the other legends in this category. I am so grateful for this recognition from my peers in the SAG community,” Foxx said. “Just Mercy is one of the most life fulfilling films I have had the pleasure to work on. I am indebted to Michael B. Jordan, our director, Destin Daniel Cretton, Warner Bros., our producer, Gil Netter and the entire creative team. And of course – Bryan Stevenson who is our hero- fighting for justice every single day.”

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The emotional drama centers on world-renowned civil rights defense attorney Bryan Stevenson as he recounts his experiences as a young lawyer and details the case of condemned death row prisoner Walter McMillian. 

In 1987, McMillian was “sentenced to death for the murder of an 18-year-old girl, despite a preponderance of evidence proving his innocence and the fact that the only testimony against him came from a criminal with a motive to lie,” per IMDB.com.  

Speaking about his performance to Deadline, Foxx had this to say about the death penalty:

I’ve never been for the death penalty because my father went to jail for seven years. They gave him a seven-year sentence for $25-worth of illegal substance. He got a chance to view the movie. Living in the South of Texas it’s common, so you don’t know how to really grasp it sometimes. But it’s interesting to see people going, “Oh.” Also too, I talked to a judge. He was a judge in Alabama and he quit. I said, “Why’d you quit?” He says, “I couldn’t take it anymore because we will pick up kids off the street, Black kids, 15 or 16 for nothing. Put them in the system.” I said, “Why?” He said, “Well, so we could have a lineup. So, if anything goes wrong in Pleasantville, go grab them kids, put them up.” And then when the jail is privatized, you go pick them kids up. You put them in the system. Because for every kid you have in there, if you meet your quota, you get a check.

Read on for a full list of this year’s SAG Awards nominees (via Entertainment Weekly).

FILM NOMINEES

Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture

  • Bombshell
  • The Irishman
  • Jojo Rabbit
  • Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
  • Parasite

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role

  • Cynthia Erivo – Harriet
  • Scarlett Johansson – Marriage Story
  • Lupita Nyong’o – Us
  • Charlize Theron – Bombshell
  • Renée Zellweger – Judy

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role

  • Christian Bale – Ford v Ferrari
  • Leonardo DiCaprio – Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
  • Adam Driver – Marriage Story
  • Taron Egerton – Rocketman
  • Joaquin Phoenix – Joker

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role

  • Laura Dern – Marriage Story
  • Scarlett Johansson – Jojo Rabbit
  • Nicole Kidman – Bombshell
  • Jennifer Lopez – Hustlers
  • Margot Robbie – Bombshell

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role

  • Jamie Foxx – Just Mercy
  • Tom Hanks – A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood
  • Al Pacino – The Irishman
  • Joe Pesci – The Irishman
  • Brad Pitt – Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

Outstanding Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Motion Picture

  • Avengers: Endgame
  • Ford v Ferrari
  • The Irishman
  • Joker
  • Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

TELEVISION NOMINEES

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series

  • Jennifer Aniston – The Morning Show
  • Helena Bonham Carter – The Crown
  • Olivia Colman – The Crown
  • Jodie Comer – Killing Eve
  • Elisabeth Moss – The Handmaid’s Tale

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series

  • Sterling K. Brown – This Is Us
  • Steve Carrell – The Morning Show
  • Billy Crudup – The Morning Show
  • Peter Dinklage – Game of Thrones
  • David Harbour – Stranger Things

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series

  • Christina Applegate – Dead to Me
  • Alex Borstein – The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
  • Rachel Brosnahan – The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
  • Catherine O’Hara – Schitt’s Creek
  • Phoebe Waller-Bridge – Fleabag

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series

  • Alan Arkin – The Kominsky Method
  • Michael Douglas – The Kominsky Method
  • Bill Hader – Barry
  • Andrew Scott – Fleabag
  • Tony Shalhoub – The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

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

  • Patricia Arquette – The Act
  • Toni Collette – Unbelievable
  • Joey King – The Act
  • Emily Watson – Chernobyl
  • Michelle Williams – Fosse/Verdon

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

  • Mahershala Ali – True Detective
  • Russell Crowe – The Loudest Voice
  • Jared Harris – Chernobyl
  • Jharrel Jerome – When They See Us
  • Sam Rockwell – Fosse/Verdon

Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series

  • Big Little Lies
  • The Crown
  • Game of Thrones
  • The Handmaid’s Tale
  • Stranger Things

Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series

  • Barry
  • Fleabag
  • The Kominsky Method
  • The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
  • Schitt’s Creek

Outstanding Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Television Series

  • Game of Thrones
  • Glow
  • Stranger Things
  • The Walking Dead
  • Watchmen

 

Ny MaGee
Ny MaGee is a screenwriter and freelance reporter from Chicago -- currently living in Los Angeles and covering A-list entertainment for various outlets, including Emmys.com. She has worked for: Miramax, MTV & VH1, The Jim Henson Company, Hallmark Channel, Paramount Pictures, and for iconic indie film producer Roger Corman.

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