Saturday night (Jan. 30) was the 22nd annual Screen Actors Guild Awards, one of the many award shows of the season leading up to the Oscars. The SAG Awards celebrates outstanding performances in both film and television and this year black actors were well represented and won BIG.
Queen Latifah won for her performance as blues singer Bessie Smith in the HBO film Bessie, Viola Davis won for her jaw-dropping performance as Annalise Keating on the Shondra Rhimes produced How To Get Away With Murder and for the second year in a row, Uzo Abuda won Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor In a Comedy Series for her role as Suzanne “Crazy Eyes” Warren in the Nexflix Original series: Orange Is The New Black.
Idris Elba made history Saturday night as he brought home not one, but two SAG Awards. First Elba brought home the award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role for his role in Best Of No Nation, then the actor brought home the award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries for his role in Luther. These back to back awards made Elba the first actor to win two SAG awards for two separate performances in one night! Dope! Orange Is The New Black also won for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series for the second year in a row. When Laura Prepon accepted the award on behalf of the cast she said “This is what diversity looks like!” Not only does OITNB have a full cast of many races and nationalities, but the show has pushed gender and sexual orientation stereotypes in the three seasons it’s been on Netflix. Season 4 will premiere this June.
Check out the full list of winners here and photos from the big night below.
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