Luke Perry Earns Posthumous SAG Award Nomination -- His First Major Acting Accolade

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Luke Perry just picked up the biggest acting accolade of his career. 

On Wednesday, America Ferrera and Danai Gurira joined the Screen Actors Guild to announce the full list of nominees for the 2020 SAG Awards. Among those nominated for the awards’ top prize, Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture, is the star-studded ensemble of Quentin Tarantino’s ninth feature, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

Released over the summer, the film about an aging actor and his stuntman -- played by SAG Award nominees Leonardo DiCaprio and Brad Pitt, respectively -- trying to find their place in an ever-changing Hollywood at the end of the 1960s also starred Perry as Western TV actor Wayne Maunder. 

The role marked the last big-screen appearance for the 52-year-old performer, who died in March 2019. In addition to Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, Perry was also a regular on The CW series Riverdale.  

Despite having spent years playing Dylan McKay on Beverly Hills, 90210 and notable roles on HBO’s John from Cincinnati and Oz, Perry was never nominated for a major acting award -- until now. He was previously nominated for a People's Choice Award and two TV Land Awards.

Following the film’s theatrical release, ET spoke with breakout star Julia Butters, who shared scenes with Perry and DiCaprio. She opened up the special bond she shared with the veteran actor.

"He was so fatherly," she said. She recalled one day, in particular, when the crew was filming at Universal Studios. "There was this rock area where you could go down and feed the fish," she said. "I found a pottery piece with a flower on it and I gave it to Luke, and he said, 'Oh, this is amazing! I'll cherish it forever.'"

"The last time I saw him was at the wrap party a year later, basically," she shared. "I got pulled aside by Luke and he pulled the pottery piece out of his pocket and said, 'I told you I'd cherish this forever.' That was truly amazing."

In addition to recognizing the best of the best on TV and in film, a special Life Achievement Award will be awarded to The Irishman and Joker star Robert De Niro. The Actors -- SAG-AFTRA's signature green statuettes -- will be handed out on Sunday, Jan. 19, 2020.

 

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