Idris Elba Makes SAG Awards History + Viola Davis, Uzo Aduba, Queen Latifah Collect Trophies

Idris Elba Makes SAG Awards History + Viola Davis, Uzo Aduba, Queen Latifah Collect Trophies

Just in case you’ve had your head buried in sand somewhere… it was a big night for black actors at the Screen Actors Guild Awards, recognizing the outstanding motion picture and primetime television performances of 2015 at the 22nd Annual event which was broadcast on TNT and TBS from the Los Angeles Shrine Exposition Center last night.

Or, "Welcome to diversity TV," as Idris Elba put it during his presentation for "Beasts of No Nation."

Of special note, Elba picked up two awards tonight, and made history in the process, becoming the first actor to win in 2 categories for individual performances in the same year: Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role for "Beasts of No Nation," and Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries for "Luther."

As I said on Twitter, the fact that Elba is not already a Hollywood superstar, and still has to hustle for the work that he gets, creating projects for himself, is puzzling to me. He has the talent, the screen presence, huge cross-over appeal, and international awareness, plus he’s won multiple awards, women want to be with him, and men want to be him. The man should be in line for every top leading man role right now, not playing second fiddle to the likes of Nicolas Cage, Sean Penn, Charlie Hunnam, Chris Hemsworth and others. They should be playing second fiddle to him!

Let’s see what tonight’s history-making wins do for his career, if anything. As of today, all that he has on his upcoming slate are, voicing characters for 3 different animated movies, as well as an indie British drama titled "A Hundred Streets" (he’s part of an ensemble cast, so he’s not the standout star). Last month it was announced that he was the leading candidate to star in the adaptation of Stephen King’s "The Dark Tower" series – a part that was previously linked to Javier Bardem and Russell Crowe. But nothing’s been confirmed yet, so we can’t count that as a definite. But that’s it! Voicing characters in 3 animated movies; one member of an ensemble cast of a British indie; and the possibility that he might star in "The Dark Tower."

I’m sure he’s glad to at least be working and collecting paychecks, but I’m sure he’d like to be given the kinds of big-time opportunities that make careers, and allow an actor of his caliber to stretch and build. Maybe tonight’s wins will assist. We’ll see. At least he’s certainly not waiting around for things to come to him, as he continues to produce worm for himself – "Luther" for example. Although at this point, I’m surprised that the transition to the big screen for the beloved character hasn’t happened yet, even though it’s been in discussion for about 2 years now.

Other winners of note include Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries for Queen Latifah as Bessie Smith in "Bessie" (her third SAG win); Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series for Viola Davis as Annalise Keating in "How to Get Away With Murder" (her second win in a role for the same role; her third win in total); and Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series for Uzo Aduba as Suzanne "Crazy Eyes" Warren in "Orange Is the New Black" (he second win).

The 22nd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards presented by SAG-AFTRA with Screen Actors Guild Awards®, LLC was produced by Avalon Harbor Productions.

The complete list of recipients for the 22nd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards follows:

THEATRICAL MOTION PICTURES

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role

LEONARDO DiCAPRIO / Hugh Glass – “THE REVENANT” (20th Century Fox)

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role

BRIE LARSON / Ma – “ROOM” (A24)

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role

IDRIS ELBA / Commandant – “BEASTS OF NO NATION” (Netflix)

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role

ALICIA VIKANDER / Gerda Wegener – “THE DANISH GIRL” (Focus Features)

Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture

SPOTLIGHT (Open Road Films)

BILLY CRUDUP / Eric MacLeish

BRIAN D’ARCY JAMES / Matty Carroll

MICHAEL KEATON / Walter "Robby" Robinson

RACHEL McADAMS / Sacha Pfeiffer

MARK RUFFALO / Michael Rezendes

LIEV SCHREIBER / Marty Baron

JOHN SLATTERY / Ben Bradlee, Jr.

STANLEY TUCCI / Mitchell Garabedian

TELEVISION PROGRAMS

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries

IDRIS ELBA / DCI John Luther – “LUTHER” (BBC America)

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries

QUEEN LATIFAH / Bessie Smith – “BESSIE” (HBO)

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series

KEVIN SPACEY / Francis Underwood – “HOUSE OF CARDS” (Netflix)

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series

VIOLA DAVIS / Annalise Keating – “HOW TO GET AWAY WITH MURDER” (ABC)

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series

JEFFREY TAMBOR / Maura Pfefferman – “TRANSPARENT” (Amazon)

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series

UZO ADUBA / Suzanne "Crazy Eyes" Warren – “ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK” (Netflix)

Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series

DOWNTON ABBEY (Masterpiece/PBS)

HUGH BONNEVILLE / Robert Crawley, Earl of Grantham

LAURA CARMICHAEL / Lady Edith Crawley

JIM CARTER / Charles Carson

RAQUEL CASSIDY / Baxter

BRENDAN COYLE / John Bates

TOM CULLEN / Anthony Gillingham

MICHELLE DOCKERY / Lady Mary Crawley

KEVIN DOYLE / Joseph Molesley

JOANNE FROGGATT / Anna Bates

LILY JAMES / Lady Rose MacClare

ROBERT JAMES-COLLIER / Thomas Barrow

ALLEN LEECH / Tom Branson

PHYLLIS LOGAN / Mrs. Hughes

ELIZABETH McGOVERN / Cora, Countess of Grantham

SOPHIE McSHERA / Daisy Mason

LESLEY NICOL / Mrs. Patmore

JULIAN OVENDEN / Charles Blake

DAVID ROBB / Dr. Clarkson

MAGGIE SMITH / Violet, Dowager Countess of Grantham

PENELOPE WILTON / Isobel Crawley

Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series

ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK (Netflix)

UZO ADUBA / Suzanne "Crazy Eyes" Warren

MIKE BIRBIGLIA / Danny Pearson

MARSHA STEPHANIE BLAKE / Berdie Rogers

DANIELLE BROOKS / Tasha "Taystee" Jefferson

LAVERNE COX / Sophia Burset

JACKIE CRUZ / Marisol "Flaca" Gonzales

CATHERINE CURTIN / Wanda Bell

LEA DELARIA / Carrie "Big Boo" Black

BETH FOWLER / Sister Jane Ingalls

JOEL MARSH GARLAND / Scott O’Neill

KIMIKO GLENN / Brook Soso

ANNIE GOLDEN / Norma Romano

DIANE GUERRERO / Maritza Ramos

MICHAEL J. HARNEY / Sam Healy

VICKY JEUDY / Janae Watson

SELENIS LEYVA / Gloria Mendoza

TARYN MANNING / Tiffany "Pennsatucky" Doggett

ADRIENNE C. MOORE / Cindy Hayes

KATE MULGREW / Galina "Red" Reznikov

EMMA MYLES / Leanne Taylor

MATT PETERS / Joel Luschek

LORI PETTY / Lolly Whitehill

JESSICA PIMENTEL / Maria Ruiz

DASCHA POLANCO / Dayanara Diaz

LAURA PREPON / Alex Vause

ELIZABETH RODRIGUEZ / Aleida Diaz

RUBY ROSE / Stella Carlin

NICK SANDOW / Joe Caputo

ABIGAIL SAVAGE / Gina Murphy

TAYLOR SCHILLING / Piper Chapman

CONSTANCE SHULMAN / Yoga Jones

DALE SOULES / Frieda

YAEL STONE / Lorna Morello

SAMIRA WILEY / Poussey Washington

SAG AWARDS HONORS FOR STUNT ENSEMBLES

Outstanding Action Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Motion Picture

“MAD MAX: FURY ROAD” (Warner Bros. Pictures)

Outstanding Action Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Comedy or Drama Series
“GAME OF THRONES” (HBO)

LIFE ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

52nd Annual Life Achievement Award

CAROL BURNETT

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Comments

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@Marcus, I was just about to mention that Viola has multiple SAG awards and does not nearly have the film opportunities as Idris. I love Idris to death, but Black women are invisible in film and Idris does at least gets to work steadily in big budget movies. Yes, he should be a leading man and I am not sure why he has not been able to capture the same kind of career as a Will Smith(when he was on top) or a Denzel Washington. I have a feeling it is because he is British and not American. British Actors are getting work but American actors still to this day are the only ones that have the Movie Star status. I don’t care to see Idris in Dark Tower, or race bending Bond either. I want him to get projects specifically crafted for him.

Mark and Darla

So happy for you Idris, you was awesome in ‘Beast of no nation”

Carla

Now this is more like it! Now if we could start seeing some Asian and Latino nominees and winners, too, it might actually start to look like the world looks.

Marcus B Like

Viola has four SAG Awards. She won twice for The Help. Lead Actress and Ensemble.

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