Jennifer Hudson and Cynthia Erivo both score SAG Awards nods for portraying Aretha Franklin

The Color Purple co-stars Jennifer Hudson and Cynthia Erivo both scored SAG Awards nominations on Wednesday for their respective portrayals of the late, great Aretha Franklin.

Cynthia is up for female actor in a TV movie/limited series for the fully-authorized eight-episode series Genius: Aretha, which premiered March 21 on National Geographic.

‘It is and will always be an honor to be recognized by my peers,’ the British-Nigerian 35-year-old wrote of the honor on Instagram.  

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R-e-s-p-e-c-t! The Color Purple co-stars Jennifer Hudson (L) and Cynthia Erivo (R) both scored SAG Awards nominations on Wednesday for their respective portrayals of the late, great Aretha Franklin (pictured in 2015)

‘Thank you @sagawards for this on behalf of Ms Aretha Louise Franklin.’

Erivo faces heavy competition against The White Lotus scene stealer Jennifer Coolidge, Maid’s Margaret Qualley, Mare of Easttown’s Jean Smart, and Mare of Easttown’s Kate Winslet.

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Jennifer is up for female actor in a leading role for Liesl Tommy’s $55M-budget, fully-authorized biopic Respect, which hit US theaters on August 13.

The Chicago-born 40-year-old will face off against The Eyes of Tammy Faye’s Jessica Chastain, The Lost Daughter’s Olivia Colman, House of Gucci’s Lady Gaga, and Being the Ricardos’ Nicole Kidman.   

Congrats! Cynthia is up for female actor in a TV movie/limited series for the fully-authorized eight-episode series Genius: Aretha, which premiered March 21 on National Geographic

The British-Nigerian 35-year-old wrote of the honor on Instagram: ‘It is and will always be an honor to be recognized by my peers. Thank you @sagawards for this on behalf of Ms Aretha Louise Franklin’

Who will win? Erivo faces heavy compeition against The White Lotus scene stealer Jennifer Coolidge, Maid’s Margaret Qualley, Mare of Easttown’s Jean Smart, and Mare of Easttown’s Kate Winslet

Both R&B belters had special encounters with the Queen of Soul before her death, age 76, at her Detroit home on August 16, 2018 from a pancreatic neuroendocrine tumor.

‘She came to see The Color Purple on Broadway. Aretha stuck around to meet people afterward, so I got to meet her, and she was just funny,’ Cynthia told Harper’s Bazaar in 2020.

‘She sang the last line of “I’m Here” at me. I was like, “What is happening? This is crazy.” It was nuts. I thought, “Okay, that’s it. I’m never going to see her again.” But then I performed at the Kennedy Center Honors later that year, and she was there. We ended up at a reception at the White House, talking at a buffet table where you could pick up little hors d’oeuvres with your fingers to eat.’

Erivo recalled: ‘I think she was with Clive Davis, and I remember she was wearing red. I went to reintroduce myself, and she was like, “You’re the girl in The Color Purple. You can really sing.” And then when I sang at the event, I didn’t realize it, but the camera caught her, and she was singing along in the audience. To be able to portray her is like a dream come true.’ 

Congrats! Jennifer is up for female actor in a leading role for Liesl Tommy’s $55M-budget, fully-authorized biopic Respect, which hit US theaters on August 13

Who will win? The Chicago-born 40-year-old will face off against The Eyes of Tammy Faye’s Jessica Chastain, The Lost Daugter’s Olivia Colman, House of Gucci’s Lady Gaga, and Being the Ricardos’ Nicole Kidman

Hudson famously sang at the 18-time Grammy winner’s funeral, and she was handpicked by her to star in the movie.

We spoke weekly, and she would have conversations,’ the American Idol 3 alum – who’s only a Tony away from EGOT status – told EW in August.

‘And it wasn’t until I was like, in the middle of things or even doing research and I’m like, “Wow, she wasn’t just talking, she was really speaking from experience; these were real-life happenings for her for me to draw from,” or “Wow, that’s what she saw in me that I didn’t think of that she may have seen that made her pick me.” It was realizations of that over and over again.’

‘I got to open her show that night!’ Both R&B belters had special encounters with the Queen of Soul before her death, age 76, at her Detroit home on August 16, 2018 from a pancreatic neuroendocrine tumor (pictured in 2004)

Cynthia (pictured in 2015) told Harper’s Bazaar in 2020: ‘She was like, “You’re the girl in The Color Purple. You can really sing”‘

‘We spoke weekly’: Hudson famously sang at the 18-time Grammy winner’s funeral, and she was handpicked by her to star in the movie 

Meanwhile, the RADA grad – who’s an Oscar away from EGOT status – has literally built her entire career on playing African-Americans.

Jennifer and Cynthia got to know each other well while starring as Shug Avery and Celie in the Broadway musical The Color Purple at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre between 2015-2016.

Fans can find out if either lady wins at the Barker Hangar in Santa Monica for the 28th Annual SAG Awards, which air February 27 on TNT and TBS.

Black girl magic: Jennifer and Cynthia got to know each other well while starring as Shug Avery and Celie in the Broadway musical The Color Purple at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre between 2015-2016

Snatching trophies: Fans can find out if either lady wins at the Barker Hangar in Santa Monica for the 28th Annual SAG Awards, which air February 27 on TNT and TBS 

SAG AWARD NOMINATIONS 

 

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Limited Series

Murray Bartlett (‘The White Lotus’)

Oscar Isaac (‘Scenes From a Marriage’)

Michael Keaton (‘Dopesick’)

Ewan McGregor (‘Halston’)

Evan Peters (‘Mare of Easttown’)

 

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Movie or Limited Series

Jennifer Coolidge (‘The White Lotus’)

Cynthia Erivo (‘Genius: Aretha’)

Margaret Qualley (‘Maid’)

Jean Smart (‘Mare of Easttown’)

Kate Winslet (‘Mare of Easttown’)

Kate Winslet (‘Mare of Easttown’)

 

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series

Michael Douglas (‘The Kominsky Method’)

Brett Goldstein (‘Ted Lasso’)

Steve Martin (‘Only Murders in the Building’)

Martin Short (‘Only Murders in the Building’)

Jason Sudeikis (‘Ted Lasso’)

Jason Sudeikis (‘Ted Lasso’)

 

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series

Elle Fanning (‘The Great’)

Sandra Oh (‘The Chair’)

Jean Smart (‘Hacks’

Juno Temple (‘Ted Lasso’)

Hannah Waddingham (‘Ted Lasso’)

 

Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series

‘The Great’ (Hulu)

‘Hacks’ (HBO Max)

‘The Kominsky Method’ (Netflix)

‘Only Murders in the Building’ (Hulu)

‘Ted Lasso’ (Apple TV Plus)

 

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series

Brian Cox (‘Succession’)

Billy Crudup (‘The Morning Show’)

Kieran Culkin (‘Succession’)

Lee Jung-Jae (‘Squid Game’)

Jeremy Strong (‘Succession’)

Brian Cox (‘Succession’)

 

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series

Jennifer Aniston (‘The Morning Show’)

Jung Ho-yeon (‘Squid Game’)

Elizabeth Moss (‘The Handmaid’s Tale’)

Sarah Snook (‘Succession’)

Reese Witherspoon (‘The Morning Show’)

 

 

 

 

  

Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series

‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ (Hulu)

‘The Morning Show’ (Apple TV Plus)

‘Squid Game’ (Netflix)

‘Succession’ (HBO)

‘Yellowstone’ (Paramount Network)

Yellowstone

 

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role

Caitríona Balfe (‘Belfast’)

Cate Blanchett (‘Nightmare Alley’)

Ariana DeBose (‘West Side Story’)

Kirsten Dunst (‘The Power of the Dog’)

Ruth Negga (‘Passing)

 

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role

Ben Affleck (‘The Tender Bar’)

Bradley Cooper (‘Licorice Pizza’)

Troy Kotsur (‘CODA’)

Jared Leto (‘House of Gucci’)

Kodi Smit-McPhee (‘The Power of the Dog’)

Ben Affleck (‘The Tender Bar’)

 

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role

Jessica Chastain (‘The Eyes of Tammy Faye’)

Olivia Colman (‘The Lost Daughter’)

Lady Gaga (‘House of Gucci’)

Jennifer Hudson (‘Respect’)

Nicole Kidman (‘Being the Ricardos’)

 

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role

Javier Bardem (‘Being the Ricardos’)

Benedict Cumberbatch (‘The Power of the Dog’)

Andrew Garfield (‘Tick, Tick … Boom!’)

Will Smith (‘King Richard’)

Denzel Washington (‘The Tragedy of Macbeth’)

Denzel Washington (‘The Tragedy of Macbeth’)

 

Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture

‘Belfast’ (Focus Features)

‘CODA’ (Apple Original Films)

‘Don’t Look Up’ (Netflix)

‘House of Gucci’ (MGM/United Artists Releasing)

‘King Richard’ (Warner Bros) 

 

Outstanding Action Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Motion Picture 

‘Black Widow’

‘Dune’

‘The Matrix Resurrections’

‘No Time to Die’

‘Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings’

 

 Outstanding Action Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Television Series

‘Cobra Kai’

‘The Falcon and the Winter Soldier’

‘Loki’

‘Mare of Easttown’

‘Squid Game’

 

 

 

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