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Much to the delight of all film buffs and A-list groupies, awards season is upon us.
Saturday night brought the 22nd annual Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Awards and a refreshing departure from the lack of diversity plaguing this year’s major awards.
Idris Elba, who won big for "Beasts of No Nation" (Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture) and "Luther" (Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries), acknowledged the recent to-do over the whitewashed Oscars nominees (and "Beasts" snub) in his speech.
“Ladies and gentlemen,” he joked, “Welcome to diverse television!”
Uzo Aduba, and the whole cast of "Orange Is the New Black," ruled the comedy end with awards for Female Actor and Ensemble in a Comedy Series. (Fun fact: Uzo brought her prom date to the show!)
Viola Davis also took home one of TV’s top honors for "How to Get Away with Murder" (Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series).
Queen Latifah left with the trophy for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in Television Movie or Miniseries for her portrayal of a blues performer Bessie Smith in "Bessie."
"Spotlight" took home one of the night’s top honors, Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture. The newsroom drama centers on an investigation of sexual abuse in the Catholic church. Mark Ruffalo’s speech, which acknowledged survivors of this and other instances of abuse, garnered appreciation from his peers.
Other big winners included Brie Larson for Room (Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role in a Motion Picture) and Leonardio DiCaprio for The Revenant (Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role in a Motion Picture).
And it wouldn’t be an awards show without an amazing Tina Fey-Amy Poehler moment. The two joined forces to present a Lifetime Achievement Award to Carol Burnett (and knocked DiCaprio down a few pegs with a hilarious bit at his expense).
Scroll to 2:09 in the video to see the funny moment.
While the Golden Globes made for entertaining television (and, as always, some eye-popping red carpet choices), some say the SAG Awards are more reflective of opinions within the industry, making this a great place to start placing bets for the Oscars, which will air on February 28.