British actor Idris Elba gave the Oscars bosses something to ponder over, when he scooped two awards at the 2016 Screen Actors Guild Awards (SAG).
The 22nd annual SAG Awards were rather special this year as the 43-year-old Luther star – who was snubbed by this year’s Academy Award nominations – led a host of other black stars to win top accolades.
“Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to diverse TV”, Elba remarked wittily as he got on stage to present an award.
Elba won best actor in a TV series for the BBC cop drama Luther and best supporting actor for Beasts Of No Nation – a film ignored by Oscar voters.
As more awards were given out at the event, the Twitter hashtag #SAGsSoBlack began trending worldwide, rivalling #OscarsSoWhite, which was set up at the beginning of the of the Academy Awards race row.
Amongst the winners were Orange Is The New Black’s Uzo Aduba, 34, Queen Latifah, 45, for the TV movie Bessie and Viola Davis for How To Get Away With Murder.
Davis, 50, gave her view on the likes of Will Smith and his wife Jada vowing to boycott this month’s Oscars due to lack diversity in its nominations.
“If they want to watch it, that’s fine. If they don’t, that’s fine. More important than boycotting is openness”, Davis reportedly said backstage.