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SAG shows some love for Cast of The Big Sick, Hong Chau and Aziz Ansari

Kumail Nanjiani and Zoe Kazan star in The Big Sick. Photo: Lionsgate/Amazon Studios
Kumail Nanjiani and Zoe Kazan star in The Big Sick. Photo: Lionsgate/Amazon Studios

 
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Asian American actors got a little bit of love from their acting peers when the 2018 Screen Actors Guild Awards nominees were announced Wednesday (Dec. 13).

Vietnamese American Hong Chau was nominated for her supporting role in the Matt Damon science fiction flick Downsizing. This follows her nomination by the Golden Globes in the same category.

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The Big Sick, a movie based on Kumail Nanjiani’s true-life romance with his wife, took a cast ensemble nomination. Besides Nanjiani, the cast included Holly Hunter, Ray Romano, Zoe Kazan and Indian actor Anupam Kher.
 
This corrects a snub by the Golden Globes which failed to recognize the critically acclaimed hit.
 
“We are so lucky to have been graced with the enormous talents of every single member of our cast,” said Nanjiani, who co-wrote the script with his wife Emily Gordon. “They each put a piece of themselves into our story and we are thrilled at being recognized.”

Hunter, who plays Nanjiani’s future mother-n-law in the movie, also was nominated for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role.

“Recognition from your peers is a particular kind of humbling thing.” said Hunter to SFGate. Actors know in a way that no one else knows. They are on the inside track so when I have in my career gotten honors from people who do what I do, it resonates a different way for me.”

Aziz Ansari, who writes and stars in Netflix’s Master of None, got the nod for Best Actor in a Comedy television series.

For the complete 2018 list of SAG nominees, click here. The awards show will air Jan. 21 on CBS.

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