Rae portrayed President Barbie in “Barbie” and Sintara Golden in “American Fiction.
In a week filled with excitement for the talented Issa Rae, Wednesday brought a double dose of celebration as the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Awards nominations were announced. Issa received not one but two nominations in the category of Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture for her recent films, “American Fiction” and “Barbie.” The recognition marks a significant achievement for the multitalented actress, writer, and producer, showcasing her ability to excel across different cinematic projects.
The Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture award recognizes the collective excellence of the ensemble cast in a film. Issa Rae’s inclusion in two nominated films speaks volumes about her versatility and the impact she has made across different cinematic projects. In the category, Rae finds herself in esteemed company, competing against other outstanding films: “The Color Purple,” “Killers of the Flower Moon,” and “Oppenheimer.”
After graduating from Stanford University with a Bachelor’s degree in African and African-American Studies, Rae founded her YouTube web series, “The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl” in 2011. This comedic series, exploring the trials and tribulations of a quirky black woman navigating through life, garnered widespread acclaim and marked the beginning of Rae’s ascent in the entertainment industry.
In 2016, Issa Rae made her television debut with HBO’s critically acclaimed series “Insecure,” where she not only starred but also served as the co-creator and executive producer. The show, known for its refreshing portrayal of black women and their complex relationships, solidified Rae as a prominent figure in the conversation of authentic storytelling.
Rae’s influence extends beyond acting, as she has been a vocal advocate for diversity and inclusivity in Hollywood. Her production company, Issa Rae Productions, has been a driving force behind projects that amplify underrepresented voices, further cementing her status as a catalyst for change in the industry.
Join BOTWC in wishing Issa Rae a happy birthday and congratulating her on these well-deserved SAG Award nominations. May this year bring continued success, recognition, and the fulfillment of her artistic endeavors.
Cover Photo: Issa Rae in Beverly Hills for Vanity Fair. / Credit: Adrienne Raquel