Tuesday, April 16, 2024

SAG Awards: Respect! First Time Since 1999 Two Actresses Nominated for Playing Same Person (Aretha Franklin)

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My dear friend Aretha Franklin must be smiling from heaven.

For the first time since 1999, two actresses have received SAG nominations for playing the same character.

One was on TV, the other in movies.

Jennifer Hudson’s remarkable performance as Aretha in the movie “Respect” garnered her a Best Actress nomination for film.

Cynthia Erivo’s equally stunning turn as Aretha in the TV mini series “Genius” brought her a nomination for Best Actress as well.

In 1999, Cate Blanchett was nominated for playing Queen Elizabeth I in “Elizabeth,” the movie. It was a towering performance.

In that same year, Dame Judi Dench was nominated for Best Supporting Actress in “Shakespeare in Love,” the movie, also playing Queen Elizabeth I. Dench went on to win the Oscar as well.

Hudson and Erivo are old associates. They starred together in the revival of the musical “The Color Purple” on Broadway a few seasons ago. They were each nominated for Tony Awards. Erivo won.

Two great ladies, great performances, very much deserving of accolades. But it all comes back to Aretha, a posthumous Pulitzer Prize winner, multiple Grammy winner, and legend who we miss every day.

A tip of the hat to Wilson Morales for pointing this out!

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedmanhttps://www.showbiz411.com
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.
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