SAG Award Nominations Have Black Twitter Upset After Black Actresses Shut Out Of Major Categories

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Regina King, Beale Street and Widows were all shut out.
Sydney Scott Dec, 12, 2018

When the 2019 Screen Actors Guild Awards nominees were announced on Wednesday, there were some worthy nominees but a ton of surprising snubs.

The Barry Jenkins-helmed If Beale Street Could Talk has garnered tons of award buzz along with Regina King’s supporting role in the film. However, both were snubbed when the nods were announced.

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FX hit Pose and the Viola Davis-led action-thriller Widows, from director Steve McQueen, were also shut out when Laverne Cox and Awkwafina announced the nominees.

Overall, the guild failed to recognize Black actresses in any of its major categories.

Black Twitter responded to the shut out with their own critique.

Film critic ‏Rebecca Theodore-Vachon called the nominations “a mess,” while cultural critic Ira Madison chose to display his thoughts with a meme.

Still, a few of the year’s most buzzed about projects and stars did land nominations.

Both BlacKkKlansman and Black Panther landed a nomination for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture, with the latter also earning a nomination for Outstanding Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Motion Picture.

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After being snubbed at the Golden Globes, Donald Glover’s Atlanta earned a nomination for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series.

John David Washington earned an Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role nomination for his turn in Spike Lee’s BlacKkKlansman, while Mahershala Ali landed a supporting nomination for his role in Green Book.

And one half of everyone’s favorite TV couple, Sterling K. Brown, earned a nomination for his role as Randall Pearson on This Is Us.