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Mahershala Ali, 'Moonlight' and Black Girl Magic are here to take over award season!

Lauren Porter
Dec, 14, 2016

We’re gearing up for award season and this year, Black excellence is taking over. 

Announced Wednesday morning, the 2017 SAG Award nominations gave nods to 15 actors, actress and films of color. 

Sprinkled throughout the category for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role was nothing but Black Girl Magic as three out of the five nominees included Fences star Viola Davis for her role as Rose Maxson, Naomie Harris in Moonlight and Academy Award winner Octavia Spencer as Dorothy Vaughan in the forthcoming motion picture, Hidden Figures

Fences, Hidden Figures and Moonlight scored a nod for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture.

Continuing to rack up nominations during award season are Courtney B. Vance and Sterling K. Brown—-both actors scored recognition for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Limited Series for their respective roles in The People V. O.J. Simpson as Johnnie Cochran and Christopher Darden.

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Brown also scored a nom for his role as Randall Pearson in the new NBC show, This is Us for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series.

Both Kerry Washington and Audra McDonald are up for a SAG in the category Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Movie or Limited Series for their roles in Confirmation and Lady Day At Emerson’s Bar & Grill. 

A nod for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series goes to Thandie Newton for her role in the HBO series, Westworld.

Anthony Anderson and Uzo Aduba received nominations for their roles in ABC’s Black-ish and Netflix’s Orange is the New Black, for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series and Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series.

For a full list of nominations, see below. 

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role
DENZEL WASHINGTON / Troy Maxson – “FENCES” (Paramount Pictures)

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role
MAHERSHALA ALI / Juan – “MOONLIGHT” (A24)

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role
VIOLA DAVIS / Rose Maxson – “FENCES” (Paramount Pictures)
NAOMIE HARRIS / Paula – “MOONLIGHT” (A24)
OCTAVIA SPENCER / Dorothy Vaughan – “HIDDEN FIGURES” (20th Century Fox)

Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
FENCES (Paramount Pictures)
JOVAN ADEPO / Cory
VIOLA DAVIS / Rose Maxson
STEPHEN McKINLEY HENDERSON / Jim Bono
RUSSELL HORNSBY / Lyons
SANIYYA SIDNEY / Raynell
DENZEL WASHINGTON / Troy Maxson
MYKELTI WILLIAMSON / Gabriel

HIDDEN FIGURES (20th Century Fox)
MAHERSHALA ALI / Col. Jim Johnson
KEVIN COSTNER / Al Harrison
KIRSTEN DUNST / Vivian Mitchell
TARAJI P. HENSON / Katherine G. Johnson
ALDIS HODGE / Levi Jackson
JANELLE MONÁE / Mary Jackson
JIM PARSONS / Paul Stafford
GLEN POWELL / John Glenn
OCTAVIA SPENCER / Dorothy Vaughan

MOONLIGHT (A24)
MAHERSHALA ALI / Juan
NAOMIE HARRIS / Paula
ANDRÉ HOLLAND / Kevin
JHARREL JEROME / Kevin (16)
JANELLE MONÁE / Teresa
TREVANTE RHODES / Black
ASHTON SANDERS / Chiron

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Limited Series
STERLING K. BROWN / Christopher Darden – “THE PEOPLE V. O.J. SIMPSON: AMERICAN CRIME STORY” (FX Networks)
COURTNEY B. VANCE / Johnnie Cochran – “THE PEOPLE V. O.J. SIMPSON: AMERICAN CRIME STORY” (FX Networks)

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Movie or Limited Series
AUDRA McDONALD / Billie Holiday – “LADY DAY AT EMERSON’S BAR & GRILL” (HBO)
KERRY WASHINGTON / Anita Hill – “CONFIRMATION” (HBO)

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series
STERLING K. BROWN / Randall Pearson – “THIS IS US” (NBC)

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series
THANDIE NEWTON / Maeve Millay – “WESTWORLD” (HBO)

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series
ANTHONY ANDERSON / Andre Johnson – “BLACK-ISH” (ABC)

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series
UZO ADUBA / Suzanne “Crazy Eyes” Warren – “ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK” (Netflix)

The 23rd annual SAG Awards airs Sunday, Jan. 29 on TNT and TBS at 8:00 p.m. ET.