In the midst of the #OscarsSoWhite controversy, the Screen Actor’s Guild weighted in with their choices and POC came out out overwhelmingly on top in just about every category where they were nominated.
Idris Elba, who couldn’t even get a nomination for an Oscar, (but Sylvester Stallone could, go figure) took home the trophy for Best Supporting Actor in a movie for Beasts of No Nation. He also scored as Lead Actor in a Drama for Luther. Take that Oscar voters!
Viola Davis repeated her SAG win from last year for Lead Actress in a Drama for How to Get Away with Murder. I repeat, this is win #2 for her. And that is after she won the Emmy.
Uzo Aduba also repeated her win from last year for Lead Actress in a Comedy for Orange is the New Black. She snagged a second award of the night when Orange is the New Black snared the Comedy Ensemble award. As you will recall, she also won the Emmy for this role
Rounding out the stellar evening for POC, Queen Latifah won for Lead Actress in a Limited Series or special for Bessie. She was also nominated for the Emmy, but lost to Frances McDormand,
So whenever the lack of color in Oscar nominees is brought up, inevitably some douche makes the comment that that maybe the POC just aren’t good enough. Note that the SAG awards are voted on solely by members of the Screen Actors Guild, people who know this craft and know wht ti takes to succeed. They chose to hand their highest awards to Viola and Uzo for the second year in a row, and they chose Idris for two very different roles. All of these people have been nominated for numerous awards and won. POC are plenty good enough, these were not pity wins.
I confess I wasn’t too thrilled to find out about Lee Daniels’s new show. I felt he needed to concentrate on Empire, considering Empire is in a bit of a sophomore slump. But this made me feel a tiny bit better about the endeavor, he has signed Queen Latifah to star.
The series originally titled Star, but now apparently has no name, follows 3 (originally 4) young WOC as they try to become the next super group. Queen Latifah will play their mother-figure, a former singer turned beauty salon owner. The character, named Charlotta, will try to care for her charges, but isn’t so sure about their drams of stardom. Me thinks there is probably some juicy backstory there.
The 3 young gals in the girl group have been cast as well. They are:
Jude Demorest (“Dallas,” “The Middle”) as Star. Star has spent her life in foster homes after her mother passed away and is determined to become a star
Ryan Destiny (“Low Winter Sun”) as Alexandra The rich kid who wants to make “authentic” music, whatever that means.
Brittany O’Grady (“The Messengers”) as Simone, Star’s younger sister who is escaping a abusive foster home.
Despite speculation to the contrary, this is not an Empire spin-off, “Empire” showrunner Ilene Chaiken put the kibosh on that rumor. While this show will focus on the music industry like Empire, it looks like it will be a whole new world.
Production on the new show begins next month in Atlanta and is the first project from Daniels as part of his multi-year overall deal with 21st Century Fox television.
I’m taking a “wait and see attitude” here, but after Daniels delivered so big on Empire, I’ll cut the dude some slack.
Yup, you read that right, the Bessie project had been kicking around Hollywood for over 20 years before it finally got made. Queen Latifah first auditioned for the role in 1992! Entertainment Weekly has a snippet of her original audition here.
After the disappointment of Elle magazine featuring only one WOC in their birthday spread – here’s a link to the discussion on our forum of that debacle – September is shaping up to be a big month for black women in the magazine industry no less than 8 WOC have made the covers of major magazines. While the magazine industry still has a long way to go before we can call it diverse, this is progress.
See the gallery below, hover your mouse over the picture to see the name of the cover girl and the magazine.