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Idris Elba wins big at diverse SAG Awards

Shonda McClain | 2/1/2016, 6:17 p.m.
A show of diversity was on full display Saturday night at the 22nd Annual Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Awards held ...
Idris Elba

A show of diversity was on full display Saturday night at the 22nd Annual Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Awards held at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles – a stark counterpoint to the lily white Oscar nominations handed out in early January.

Double winner Idris Elba, who’s snub by the Academy led to the resurgence of the #OscarsSoWhite, took home the statue for outstanding performance by a male actor in a supporting role for “Beasts of No Nation” and he walked away with the top honor for outstanding performance by a male actor in a TV movie or miniseries for his role as a tortured detective on the hit BBC drama “Luther.”

An exuberant Elba summed up the night’s tone, saying, “Welcome to diverse TV.”

Queen Latifah bested the competition in the outstanding performance by a female actor in a TV movie or miniseries category for her role as blues singer Bessie Smith in “Bessie.”

“How to Get Away With Murder’s” Viola Davis walked away with the statue for outstanding performance by a female actor in a drama series and Uzo Aduba won outstanding performance by a female actor in a drama series for “Orange is the New Black.”

Davis told The Los Angeles Times, “They won because their performances were effective. They won because the actors have craft, they have a level of excellence that reaches people -- and we're actors too. We're artists, too, we deserve to be a part of it and I think you saw that tonight.”

“You know what it feels like?” Aduba added. “It's amazing to see actors have the opportunity to celebrate other actors' work and to feel empowered by the voting process so they can see whatever actor they want reflected up there. And I'm honored to have been chosen by my peers."

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