Regina King SAG Awards Snub Sparks Cries of ‘Category Fraud’ and ‘Dopey Goons’

“If only Regina King was in ‘The Kominsky Method,'” one critic tweets of “If Beale Street Could Talk” actress

Regina King, Seven Seconds
Photographed by Jill Greenberg for TheWrap

There were some pleasant surprises from Wednesday morning’s SAG Awards nominations. Emily Blunt got nominated twice in the film categories, including for “A Quiet Place” and “Mary Poppins Returns,” and John David Washington broke into the Best Actor field in a mostly white crowd for “BlacKkKlansman.”

But Regina King, a true standout in Barry Jenkins’ “If Beale Street Could Talk” and thus far a presumed front runner in the Oscar race, was snubbed from the Female Actress in a Supporting Role category, as was the movie at large. And the snub has many critics and fans scratching their heads.

“I believe in Regina King,” actress Carrie Coon tweeted in support of the actress after King was left out of the SAG field.

“We love you, Ethan Hawke and Regina King,” screenwriter Phyllis Nagy said of King and another notable acting snub for Ethan Hawke’s work in “First Reformed.”

TheWrap’s Steve Pond wrote in his analysis of the nominees that only two actors have ever won the Oscar despite also getting snubbed by the Screen Actors Guild, those being Marcia Gay Harden for “Pollock” in 2000 and Christoph Waltz for “Django Unchained” in 2012.

King missed out to the aforementioned Blunt, Margot Robbie in “Mary Queen of Scots,” Amy Adams in “Vice” and Emma Stone and Rachel Weisz, both from “The Favourite.” Some have pointed out the frustrating fact that Stone and Weisz opposite Olivia Colman (also nominated) could all plausibly be called lead actresses in “The Favourite,” and yet still pushed out King in the supporting actress field.

“tbh f— category fraud,” one fan tweeted. “Emma Stone, Rachel Weisz, Timothee Chalamet, Mahershala Ali and Emily Blunt are the reasons why performers like Regina King, Elizabeth Debicki, Daniel Kaluuya, etc. miss out in the rightful supporting categories. I’m sick of this s—.”

See some more reactions to the snub below: