Vietnam War Drama 'Da 5 Bloods' Picks Up a Trio of Big SAG Nominations

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“Da 5 Bloods” (L To R) Isiah Whitlock Jr. as Melvin, Norm Lewis as Eddie, Clarke Peters as Otis, Delroy Lindo as Paul, Jonathan Majors as David In “Da 5 Bloods.” (David Lee/Netflix)

Just a day after being shut out of the Golden Globes nominations, Spike Lee's compelling Vietnam War drama "Da 5 Bloods" picked up three crucial nominations in advance of the Screen Actors Guild Awards, set to be held April 4, 2021. The movie is currently streaming on Netflix.

The SAG Awards recognize actors only, but they've proved a reliable predictor of Oscar nominations and awards over the last few years. Actors make up the largest voting bloc in the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, a fact that contributes to their reliability in predicting the future.

SAG's Cast in a Motion Picture award is its equivalent to the Best Picture Oscar, and "Da 5 Bloods" scored there. The cast is up against the actors from "Ma Rainey's Black Bottom," Korean-language drama "Minari," "One Night In Miami" and Vietnam-era courtroom drama "Trial of the Chicago 7."

Chadwick Boseman was posthumously nominated for Male Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture for his performance as Stormin' Norman in "Da 5 Bloods." He'll square off against Sacha Baron Cohen ("The Trial of the Chicago 7"), Daniel Kaluuya ("Judas and the Black Messiah"), Jared Leto ("The Little Things") and Leslie Odom Jr. ("One Night in Miami").

Boseman was also nominated for Male Actor in a Leading Role in a Motion Picture for his role in "Ma Rainey's Black Bottom." Delroy Lindo, whose powerful performance in "Da 5 Bloods" was the heart of that film, was surprisingly shut out in that category.

"Da 5 Bloods" was also nominated in the Best Stunt Ensemble category alongside "Mulan," "News of the World," "The Trial of the Chicago 7" and "Wonder Woman 1984." Since Lee's movie was essentially a male bonding picture about Vietnam veterans, there were no female roles in the movie that would've attracted awards nominations, so it's no surprise that "Da 5 Bloods" didn't receive any recognition there.

There are three more sets of important awards nominations to be announced before Oscar nominations are set on March 15 in advance of the April 25 ceremony. The Writers Guild will announce its noms Feb. 16, and the Producers Guild and Directors Guild will follow March 8.

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