The announcement of the annual Screen Actors’ Guild Awards nominations on Wednesday has people asking, “Where are all the women of colour?”
With Korean-Canadian Sandra Oh as the only woman of colour represented across the individual acting fields for her role in “Killing Eve”, online reaction quickly pointed out several major would-be awards contenders who are absent from the list of nominees.
Most notably absent is Regina King who has already earned Golden Globe nominations in both the film and television categories for her work in “If Beale Street Could Talk” and “Seven Seconds”, respectively. Pegged as an Oscar frontrunner, King’s absence comes as a shock after she was named the year’s best actress by several film critics circles and further nominations for her role in “Beale Street”.
It’s not just King who’s missing from the nominations.
Other notable female performers missing from the SAG Awards nominations include Mexican actress Yalitza Aparicio for “Roma”, Viola Davis and Michelle Rodriguez in “Widows” and Constance Wu and Michelle Yeoh for “Crazy Rich Asians”.
Despite ensemble noms for the cast of “BlacKkKlansman”, “Black Panther” and “Crazy Rich Asians”, the only other persons of colour recognized for individual acting nominations are Mahershala Ali for “Green Book”, Rami Malek for “Bohemian Rhapsody” and John David Washington for “BlacKkKlansman”.
Approximately 2,200 SAG-AFTRA members are selected at random to be a part of the nominations committee, who choose the nominees across film and television categories. Members who are selected in any given year are ineligible to be on the nominations committee for 8 years.
This year’s SAG Awards ceremony will air live on Global on Sunday, January 27 at 8 p.m. ET.
In years where WOC don't get nominated, the narrative peddled is that the industry needs to do better at giving opportunities to WOC. Then when WOC actually impress in films that are both critically acclaimed and box office successes, they go for 'indie' choices with white women.— Karthik §hankar (@kookykarthik) December 12, 2018
With that being said, I agree with @FilmFatale_NYC that Black women were shut out of individual acting noms and I’m still waiting for Michelle Yeoh to get the recognition she deserves! #SAGAwards https://t.co/EauD9gs7NX— Nancy Wang Yuen (@nancywyuen) December 12, 2018