The Screen Actor Guild Award nominations were announced and people noticed a lack of nominations for people of color, especially women.
One of the big surprise snubs was for If Beale Street Could Talk, Barry Jenkins’ adaptation of James Baldwin’s ’70s era novel. Specifically, people couldn’t help but notice that two-time Emmy winning actress Regina King was overlooked for her role as Sharon Rivers.
Along with the lack of diversity for women, with the exception of Sandra Oh for her role in Killing Eve, there were three surprising double nominees, Emma Stone (The Favourite and Maniac) , Emily Blunt (Mary Poppins and A Quiet Place) and Amy Adams (Vice and Sharp Objects.)
Many people took to Twitter to point out the numerous missed opportunities to recognize the work of talented actresses.
My God, Black women and women of color did not do well with these SAG noms. A mess.
— Rebecca Theodore-Vachon (@FilmFatale_NYC) December 12, 2018
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
I'm mad I woke up early for the noms just to end up upset. I'm not getting the Widows snubs, AT ALL. I'm going to be mad about the Regina King snubs the entire day. Not even a nom for Seven Seconds? I just pic.twitter.com/VGBslljdRs
— 🐼 (@aspiringdreamer) December 12, 2018
No kidding. Who ignores Regina King?!
— KT (@sloyoroll01973) December 12, 2018
Stunned by snub for Regina
— JB (@jraphamarron) December 12, 2018
I'm super confused as to why Regina King didn't get a #SAG nomination. Out of every show during this season, this is the one I figured would be the slam dunk.
— KelleyLCarter (@KelleyLCarter) December 12, 2018
Regina King deserves so many awards out there. When I watch her act I sometimes forget that she's acting because she owns every character that she's ever been.
— MICHELLE FLYNN (@Ummmmichelle) December 12, 2018
— M R B (@MBDigital001) December 12, 2018
No WOC nominated for Best Lead or Supporting Actress in a year where we had WIDOWS, ROMA, SHOPLIFTERS, IF BEALE STREET COULD TALK, and THE HATE U GIVE. Are you kidding me, #SAGAwards?
— Rukhmani K. Desai (@RukhDesai) December 12, 2018
— valerie complex (@ValerieComplex) December 12, 2018
Many felt change won’t fully come until the system changes from within.
Who’s choosing the noms? 🤨 Until you can get #WOC on that panel, you will continue to have disappointments like this one! 🤔
— hazedus🤨 (@hazedus) December 12, 2018
It’s voted on by the industry which is still painfully white. I view the SAG awards as a high school popularity/superlative competition.
— Christmeg Beecation 🎄 (@onedankmom) December 12, 2018
your tweet assumes that white actors are better than poc actors and that whoever votes for sag carries no racial bias. neither of which are true.
— Melissa (@melissasprofile) December 12, 2018
False. In fact, if you take the time to educate yourself, you will learn about the ways in which all American institutions assign value based on what we are (re, race/gender) rather than who we are.
— Olivia (@OPW2020) December 12, 2018
More diversity behind the scenes would mean more diversity on screen.