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re: Any awards committee which ignores Rachel Zegler and the ensemble of WSS...
Last Edit: WaymanWong 08:06 pm EST 01/14/22
Posted by: WaymanWong 07:53 pm EST 01/14/22
In reply to: re: Any awards committee which ignores Rachel Zegler and the ensemble of WSS... - peter3053 07:48 am EST 01/14/22

If I understand it correctly, SAG picked about 2,000 members across the country as nominators, and this year, I actually knew one.

He tells me he loved ''West Side Story'' and voted it for Best Ensemble, and was shocked it wasn't one of the nominees.

As a few journalists have reported since the announcement, it appears ''West Side Story'' had a screener issue. Before the SAG nominations came out, I heard some griping online about how ''West Side Story'' didn't send out physical screeners. I don't know if it was for economic reasons (to save money) or artistic ones (to encourage SAG members to see it on the big screen). At any rate, SAG nominators also had the option of seeing it digitally online. My SAG-nominator friend noted that all 5 of the SAG Ensemble nominees sent out physical screeners.

Who knows? It's also possible that the SAG nominators were more attracted by the bigger names in ''Don't Look Up'' (Leonardo DiCaprio, Jennifer Lawrence, Meryl Streep) and ''House of Gucci'' (Lady Gaga, Al Pacino). Whereas ''West Side Story'' has terrific talent in it, but Ansel Elgort aside, they're largely unknown (Rachel Zegler, Ariana DeBose, Mike Faist, David Alvarez). A shame because I still think ''West Side Story'' should've been nominated AND won SAG Ensemble. What a diverse and dazzling group of triple threats, who sang, acted and danced their hearts out.
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