Idris Elba Makes History With 2 SAG Awards, Queen Latifah and Viola Davis Also Winners [VIDEO]

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Idris Elba Makes History With 2 SAG Awards, Queen Latifah And Viola Davis Also Winners [VIDEO]

Idris Elba, picked up two SAG awards. One for TV (“Luther”) for the BBC and one for Film (“Beasts of No Nation”) for Netflix.

It’s interesting to note that Elba being passed over for an Oscar nomination helped ignite this year’s backlash against the Oscars organization, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, which for the second year in a row did not nominate any people of color for its 20 acting nominations.

When Elba won his award for the TV crime drama “Luther,” he deftly summed up the tone of the evening onstage with this play on words: “Welcome to diverse TV.”

In addition to Elba, other black winners included Queen Latifah who played blues singer Bessie Smith in HBO’s “Bessie,” Viola Davis for her lead turn on ABC’s “How to Get Away With Murder” and “Orange Is the New Black” actress Uzo Aduba.

“And they won because their performances were effective,” Davis told the LA Times backstage. “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.”

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