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POC kick ass at the SAG awards

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.

Shame on the SAG Awards

The Screen Actors Guild Award nominees have been announced and there were only 3 WOC on the list. Yes 3. Queen Latifah got a nod for Bessie, Viola Davis for How to Get Away With Murder and Uzo Aduba for Orange is the New Black.

No Taraji P. Heson, no Kerry Washington, no Tracy Ellis Ross, no Gina Rodriquez. WTF SAG?

Orange is the New Black and Key&Peele got ensemble nods, but they are the only POC led shows that did. Empire, Black-ish, Fresh Off the Boat and Jane the Virgin all got ignored.

So what about the guys, you ask? Surely the boys did better? Um, slightly better, but still not great. Aside from the previously mentioned Key&Peele in the comedy ensemble, Idris Elba scored two noms, for Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture for Beasts of No Nation and Lead Actor in a TV Series for Luther. Beasts of No Nation and Straight Outta Compton got an ensemble nods and Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje is part of the ensemble cast the got nominated for Trumbo. Rami Malek was a very pleasant surprise in the Lead Actor in a TV Series category for Mr Robot.

No Anthony Anderson, no Micheal B Jordan, no Terrance Howard, no Will Smith. Again, WTF SAG? You gave a nomination to  Jim Parsons again? How stale can you BE?

The worst part is the SAG awards are the awards where the actors nominate and honor other actors. While I am happy for the nominees, I am disgusted that in so-called “liberal Hollywood” the POC still don’t get their fair share of respect. Empire and Black-ish are game changers for the broadcast industry and they should be acknowledged.

The SAG Awards will be handed out Jan. 30 on TNT and TBS. I won’t be watching.