TNT and TBS hosted another star-studded evening as 15 awards for outstanding performances were handed out at the 22nd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards. The SAG awards is the only televised award show that solely honors our favorite and most admired faces- screen actors. Last year’s winners include “Orange is the New Black” star Uzo Aduba, the stunt ensemble from “Game of Thrones” and “How to Get Away With Murder” powerhouse Viola Davis, where she made an impacting speech on racial equality in Hollywood.
It appeared as if diversity was winning left and right at the SAGs last night. Uzo Aduba kicked off the night winning the trophy for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series. Straight Outta Compton was nominated and honored. Queen Latifah and Idris Elba, both dazed, won Outstanding Performance by a Female and Male Actor in a TV Movie or Miniseries.
Viola took home the award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series and took the time to address her infamous character “Annalise Keating” during her acceptance speech.
“People are always saying, ‘Wow, Annalise is an antihero. She’s not likable. Don’t you worry that she’s not a mentor?‘ ” Davis said. “I always think, ‘Why do I have to be a hero? Why do you have to like me? And why do I have to be a mentor?’ My job as an actor is just to create a human being to the best of my ability.”
Viola also spoke on diversity backstage.
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Leonardo Dicaprio finally won his first SAG award after 9 nominations and received a standing ovation from his peers. The legendary Carol Burnett was honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award, presented by the comedic duo Tina Fey and Amy Poehler and there was a rare appearance from acting veteran, Demi Moore.
Flint, Michigan received a lot of love as well last night. Michael Keaton, after winning the Actor for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture for Spotlight, spoke out against what is happening in the destitute city, stating that fair is fair and he will always root for what’s fair.
Laverne Cox, also winning with her cast of “Orange is the New Black,” began the red carpet on E! News showing love to Flint and giving detailed information about how you can help. Take a look.
For a complete list of SAG Award winners, click Here.
It was a great night for diversity. Stay tuned for more award season coverage!
By Melody Lanei