If I don’t have anything good to say, I shouldn’t say it, at least not on this site. We’re here to Gush About, right? So instead of talking about how the Oscar Noms have managed to please absolutely no one except for those nominated and their studios and agents, let’s talk about the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Awards instead.
Alright, you can’t force diversity, but give it a try? While still not showing the full prism of the rainbow, the SAG nominations are an improvement. And not just because Taron Egerton, star of my favorite film “Rocketman”, who got snubbed by the Oscars, got nominated for a SAG in a victory for straight actors playing gay characters! Just kidding! Some of my favorite gays are straight.
Okay, okay, the SAGs didn’t nominate a huge number of People of Color, but along with Cynthia Erivo (“Harriet”), they nominated Lupita Nyong’o (“Us”) for Female Actor in a Leading Role, plus Jamie Foxx and Jennifer Lopez in the supporting categories. Plus the entire cast of “Parasite” is nominated under the ensemble category.
There were some definite disappointments. No Eddie Murphy (“Dolemite Is My Name”)? Nor Awkwafina (“The Farwell”), after winning the Golden Globe? Why, instead, Adam Driver and Nicole Kidman? Why?
Curious with the SAGs was no love for The Great Female Hope, “Little Women”, at all. Did it just not get screened in time?
The SAGs also include television, and while not an improvement on the diversity front, I’m always happy to see some of my favorites such as Michelle Williams (“Fosse/Verdon”), Peter Dinklage (“Game of Thrones”), David Harbour (“Stranger Things”), Olivia Coleman (“The Crown”), Elizabeth Moss (“Handmaid’s Tale”), Rachel Brosnahan and Alex Borstein and Tony Shalhoub (“The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”), and finally, Andrew Scott for “Fleabag”!
All in all, we can’t take these award shows too seriously. There are serious threats out there to the very notions of inclusivity and diversity, so it may take more effort on the political front before we can really fix the cultural front. Anyhow, enjoy the SAGS, this Sunday the 19th!