Regina King did not get Mark Rylance‘d. Three years after Screen Actors Guild and BAFTA Awards snubbee Sylvester Stallone (“Creed”) lost the Best Supporting Actor Oscar to Rylance (“Bridge of Spies”), King avoided the same fate at Sunday’s Oscars by picking up Best Supporting Actress for “If Beale Street Could Talk.”
She is now the second person after Marcia Gay Harden (“Pollock,” 2000) to win the Oscar without nominations from SAG and BAFTA — the two groups with membership overlap with the Oscars — and the third to win without a SAG nomination after Harden and Christoph Waltz (“Django Unchained,” 2012).
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Just Stallone, King was still the favorite to win despite those glaring snubs, with 31/10 odds over Rachel Weisz (“The Favourite”), Amy Adams (“Vice”), Marina de Tavira (“Roma”) and Emma Stone (“The Favourite”). The Best Supporting Actress race was shaping up exactly like that Best Supporting Actor race: Both King and Stallone won the Golden Globe and Critics’ Choice Awards but were overlooked by SAG and BAFTA. The SAG went to a non-Oscar nominee (Emily Blunt for “A Quiet Place”; Idris Elba for “Beasts of No Nation”), and the BAFTA went to a Brit in a Best Picture nominee (Weisz; Rylance).
But obviously King, a widely respected three-time Emmy winner with a long TV and film career, had enough support to push her over the line despite those glaring snubs. There were also some key differences between her and Stallone: She was the critical favorite, which was Rylance that year, and Weisz was already an Oscar winner, having won the same category for “The Constant Gardener” (2005). Rylance was going for his first win then.
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