At the 23rd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards last night, the Atlanta film community came out in full force. Many Georgia filmed movies were nominated including Hidden Figures, Captain America: Civil War, The Walking Dead, and Stranger Things.
Stranger Things was nominated for three awards, including Best Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series for which Millie Bobby Brown and Winona Ryder were nominated. If Brown had won this category, it would have made her the youngest winner in SAG history. Sadly, she lost to Claire Foy for the Netflix Original The Crown; but she was the 3rd nominee in the history the category who was under the age of 13 at the time of the awards. There are plenty of other chances for her to win, especially because it has been confirmed that she is in Georgia now shooting season 2 of Stranger Things which did take home the Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series award at last night’s ceremony. And though Ryder and Brown did not win their category, Stranger Things did take home the award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series.
Stranger Things wasn’t the only T.V. series filmed in the Atlanta area to be nominated. The Walking Dead was nominated for the Outstanding Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Comedy or Drama Series, and Captain America: Civil War was nominated for Outstanding Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Motion Picture. The motion picture category was lost out to Hacksaw Ridge, and the comedy or drama category was lost to Game of Thrones; but this was not the first nomination for The Walking Dead or a Marvel film/TV show in their respective categories.
The SAG ceremony was full of powerful speeches for the winning shows and films, some of which blurred the line between our reality and the fictional worlds that we see on our T.V. screens. One of the most powerful and most talked about speeches was given by David Harbour (Police Chief Jim Hopper) when Stranger Things won its award for outstanding ensemble performance. The entire speech can be found here. The speech given by Taraji P. Henson and the cast of Hidden Figures was also inspiring and stunning, calling on the themes of unity, acceptance, and progress that are highlighted in the film.
We at Atlanta Movie Tours are proud to call some of the films and shows that were nominated and won #GeorgiaFilmed and can’t wait to see what other award-winning projects use our city to create pieces of art that make audiences question their world and allow for an escape into other worlds for a few hours at a time.