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Fury as prestigious SAG Awards overlook queer talent for straight actors in LGBT+ roles

Nola Ojomu January 13, 2022
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Kristen Stewart as Princess Diana in Spencer

Kristen Stewart as Princess Diana in Spencer. (Twitter/ Netflix)

The 2022 Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Awards nominations are making waves for all the wrong reasons after multiple queer stars were snubbed in big categories.

In fact, more straight actors landed nominations for their portrayals of queer characters than the collective number of LGBT+ actors who bagged a nod this year.

Nominations for queer talent include Lady Gaga’s Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role nod for her part as Patrizia Regianni in House of Gucci and Ariana DeBose’s Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role nod for her part as Anita in West Side Story.

Meanwhile, Murray Bartlett bagged an Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Limited Series category for his part as Armond in The White Lotus.

However, far more straight actors were nominated for their performances as queer characters, including Reese Witherspoon being nominated for playing a bisexual journalist in The Morning Show.

Elsewhere, The Power of the Dog stars Benedict Cumberbatch and Kodi Smit-McPhee have been nominated for playing gay characters in the Netflix western.

Ewan McGregor is also nominated for his portrayal of gay fashion designer Halston in the Netflix series of the same name.

The SAG nominations announcement on 12 January caused many to take to social media as they vented their frustrations over what they believed to be glaring snubs of queer talent.

Perhaps the most egregious oversight was that of Kristen Stewart, who surprisingly failed to be nominated for her haunting portrayal of Princess Diana in Spencer.

Fans also felt Tessa Thompson should have been nominated for Passing, and that Samira Wiley deserved a nod for her work in The Handmaid’s Tale.

Robin DeJesus wasn’t nominated for Tick, Tick… Boom!, while Hannah Einbinder and Carl Clemens-Hopkins also failed to land individual nominations for their work in Hacks.

And while Pose star Michaela Jaé Rodriguez just became the first trans actress to win a Golden Globe, she missed out on a SAG nomination.

As for the queer stars who actually received a nomination – we’ll see who wins big when the Screen Actors Guild Awards take place on Sunday, 27 February.

SAG Awards nominees

Gay actor Murray Bartlett stars in season one of The White Lotus as the hotel manager. (YouTube)

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Limited Series

Murray Bartlett, The White Lotus

Oscar Isaac, Scenes From a Marriage

Michael Keaton, Dopesick

Ewan McGregor, Halston

Evan Peters, Mare of Easttown

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Movie or Limited Series

Jennifer Coolidge, The White Lotus

Cynthia Erivo, Genius: Aretha

Margaret Qualley, Maid

Jean Smart, Mare of Easttown

Kate Winslet, Mare of Easttown

Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series

Squid Game

Succession

The Handmaid’s Tale

The Morning Show

Yellowstone

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series

Jennifer Aniston, The Morning Show

Reese Witherspoon, The Morning Show

Jung Ho-yeon, Squid Game

Elizabeth Moss, The Handmaid’s Tale

Sarah Snook, Succession

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series

Brian Cox, Succession

Billy Crudup, The Morning Show

Lee Jung-Jae, Squid Game

Kieran Culkin, Succession

Jeremy Strong, Succession

Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series

The Great

Hacks

The Kominsky Method

Only Murders in the Building

Ted Lasso

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series

Elle Fanning, The Great

Sandra Oh, The Chair

Jean Smart, Hacks

Juno Temple, Ted Lasso

Hannah Waddingham, Ted Lasso

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series

Michael Douglas, The Kominsky Method

Brett Goldstein, Ted Lasso

Jason Sudeikis, Ted Lasso

Steve Martin, Only Murders in the Building

Martin Short, Only Murders in the Building

Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture

Belfast

CODA

Don’t Look Up

House of Gucci

King Richard

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role

Jessica Chastain, The Eyes of Tammy Faye

Olivia Colman, The Lost Daughter

Lady Gaga, House of Gucci

Jennifer Hudson, Respect

Nicole Kidman, Being the Ricardos

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role

Javier Bardem, Being the Ricardos

Benedict Cumberbatch, The Power of the Dog

Andrew Garfield, Tick, Tick … Boom!

Will Smith, King Richard

Denzel Washington, The Tragedy of Macbeth

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role

Caitríona Balfe, Belfast

Cate Blanchett, Nightmare Alley

Ariana DeBose, West Side Story

Kirsten Dunst, The Power of the Dog

Ruth Negga, Passing

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role

Ben Affleck, The Tender Bar

Bradley Cooper, Licorice Pizza

Troy Kotsur, CODA

Jared Leto, House of Gucci

Kodi Smit-McPhee, The Power of the Dog

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