Black Artists Dominate Screen Actors Guild Awards

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By: DiversityWorking Press
Date Posted: January 31, 2016
News Source: LA Times

It was a big night for Diversity and for Black artists as they dominated the Screen Actors Guild Awards with their wins. As evidenced by the SAG Awards show, the TV industry seems to be faring better than the big screen in promoting diversity and inclusion.

Four of the six awards for individual performance in a television movie, mini-series, or series went to black actors, the report by LA Times said:
Uzo Aduba’s performance as Suzanne “Crazy Eyes” Warren on prison dramedy “Orange Is the New Black” topped the comedy actress category, while Queen Latifah was recognized for her work as famed blues singer Bessie Smith in the HBO film “Bessie.” In drama actress, Viola Davis was triumphant with her portrayal of Annalise Keating on ABC’s “How to Get Away with Murder.”
But it was Idris Elba making history Sunday night. His win for mini-series actor for “Luther” coupled with a victory in supporting actor in a film for “Beasts of No Nation” made him the first man to take trophies for two individual performances in a single night, a feat Helen Mirren accomplished first in 2006.

He made the night more memorable by quipping "Welcome to diverse TV."

“Look at this stage,” “Orange Is the New Black” star Laura Prepon said, motioning to the show's diverse cast while accepting the TV comedy series award. “This is what we talk about when we talk about diversity. Different race, color, creed, sexual orientation.”

Overall, the SAG Awards night received acclaimed for honoring Diversity, as well as repeat winners. Everybody was happy with the outcome as they were well-deserved

It was indeed a "show of inclusiveness."

In another report, by The Guardian, it was noted that the #OscarsSoWhite controversy was something that "needed to happen, " according to Remi Salisbury, researcher at the Centre for Ethnicity and Racism Studies at the University of Leeds. “This ‘whiteout’ happening two years running has really brought it to the fore, and made people start to criticise the whole industry. So it’s timely, in that sense.”

It is hoped that in the next year and onwards in Hollywood, onscreen and behind the scenes, diversity and inclusion will play a much bigger role, or better yet, take center stage.

Read the full article at LA Times

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