via Daily Mail: While the Academy Awards is in the grips of a race row crisis, the Screen Actors Guild proved to be a clear celebration of diversity on Saturday.
The winners list, unveiled at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, was a stark antidote to the controversy that has overwhelmed Hollywood’s awards season and the #OscarsSoWhite backlash.
There was a double win for British star Idris Elba, who won Best Supporting Actor for Beasts Of No Nation, about child soldiers in Africa, and Best Actor in a TV Miniseries for Luther.
Elba, in fact, succinctly summed up what was happening when he took the stage for a third time, as a presenter, and said: ‘Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to diverse TV!’
It followed not only his wins but those by the cast of the Netflix series Orange Is The New Black for Best Ensemble in a Comedy Series and for its star Uzo Aduba for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series.
There were also wins for Viola Davis won for her performance in the TV series How To Get Away With Murder and Queen Latifah for her performance in HBO’s Bessie.