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Viola Davis, Uzo Aduba, Cicely Tyson Pick Up SAG Award Nominations

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On Wednesday morning, Eva Longoria and Ansel Elgort took the stage at the Pacific Design Center in Los Angeles to announce the nominees for the 21st annual SAG Awards.

HipHollywood joined the actors as they announced 2014’s outstanding performances in television and film. Three big names standing out, Viola Davis, Uzo Aduba, Cicely L. Tyson who all picked up nominations.

Davis, who made a splash in the Thursday night ABC lineup this fall with her role on How To Get Away With Murder, was nominated in the Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series alongside Claire Danes, Julianna Margulies, Tatiana Maslany, Maggie Smith and Robin Wright. Following the big announcement, the actress tweeted:

“I am honored to be nominated by my peers. I am truly grateful! Thank you.”

Uzo Aduba, who was nominated for a NAACP Image Award this week, also garnered a SAG nod for her role in Netlfix’s original series, Orange is the New Black. 

“Honored to be nominated for a and so unbelievably of our family for our ensemble recognition. We are… ,” she tweeted.

Legendary actress, Cicely L. Tyson, will also fight for a statuette in the Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series category after her stellar performance in The Trip to Bountiful.  

The SAG Awards will air on January 25 at 8 p.m. on TNT and TBS.

Click to see the full list of nominations.

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She’s Gotta Have It: Is Ilfenesh Hadera Spike Lee’s New Muse?

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We all know Spike Lee loves working with the same actors over and over again. And in some cases new up-and-comers who go on to be Hollywood A-listers. Think Denzel Washington, Samuel L. Jackson, Rosario Dawson.

Now it seems it’s Ilfenesh Hadera’s turn. The actress of Ethiopian decent has worked with Spike Lee four times: in the 2011 Mike Tyson TV movie Da Brick, in 2013’s Oldboy, in Chiraq playing Ms. McCloud and in his upcoming Netflix series She’s Gotta Have It.

Hadera told us she believes it’s because of Lee’s commitment to diversity that he tends to hire the same actors multiple times.

“If you look at his body of work you see he’s worked with Rosario over and over, [John] Turturro over and over, Mekhi Phifer over and over so he finds talent, new talent and gives them a chance and if more directors did that maybe we would be more represented in the media … God bless him for that,” she said.

Now with 30+ years and countless films under his belt, Lee is bringing his first feature, She’s Gotta Have It, back to life, in a 10-episode Netflix binge debuting Nov. 23.

Hadera, who plays Opal Gilstrap in the series, told us Lee had hinted that he would be bringing his 1986 directorial debut to Netflix and wanted her to be apart of it.

“We had worked together a lot and he had been giving me little hints that this was in the works so I was like let me go back and watch [She’s Gotta Have It] again.”

Like the original, SGHI follows Nola Darling (played by DeWanda Wise) a twenty-something woman living in Brooklyn, New York exploring her sexual identity as she juggles a host of colorful suitors.

As for if this is Hadera’s final time working with Lee, we think not. 2017 has already been an amazing year for the 5’10 beauty with roles on the big and small screen in Baywatch, Billions and Master Of None.

 

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