'Welcome to Diverse TV': Actors of Color Dominate Screen Actors Guild Awards Amid Oscars Controversy
Of the five categories that included a diverse group of actors, all five actors of color took the stage to accept an award.
Idris Elba won two awards for the night, taking home both the outstanding performance by a male actor in a supporting role for Beasts of No Nation as well as male actor in a TV movie or miniseries for Luther.
His win also makes him the first film actor to take home a SAG award the same year as being snubbed by the Oscars. One of the more recent times this happened was in 1996 when The Birdcage won the award for outstanding performance by a cast in a motion picture.
Orange Is the New Black star Uzo Aduba was recognized for her role as “Crazy Eyes” on the show, and the diverse cast also celebrated a win for outstanding performance by an ensemble in a comedy series.
The Academy has come under fire in the weeks following the announcement of the 2016 Oscar nominations for failing to recognize any non-white actors for the second consecutive year.
Oscar nominations were announced before SAG Awards voting closed.
As the number of diverse wins continued to rise, Elba acknowledged the triumph, saying, “Welcome to diverse TV” as he introduced best ensemble nominee Beasts of No Nation alongside his costar Abraham Attah.
Davis, 50, also commented on how she feels about the diverse winners, calling it “Wonderful.”
“The actors voted,” she told PEOPLE backstage.
And before taking the stage to accept his awards, Elba, 43, spoke out for greater diversity in movies and TV while walking the red carpet, noting some people have said, ” ‘Forget diversity, just diverse TV.’ ”
“It’s super important to the future of storytelling, without a doubt,” he added during PEOPLE’s preshow.
The star was also among of a handful of actors to weigh in on the #OscarsSoWhite controversy earlier this month.
“You have to ask the question – are black people normally playing petty criminals? Are women always the love interest or talking about men? Are gay people always stereotyped? Are disabled people ever seen at all” he asked.
• Reporting by PATRICK GOMEZ