I would be surprised if you weren’t familiar with The Golden Globes, Grammys and The formidable Oscars, but The Screen Actors Guild Awards; maybe not. It is probably the most underrated award event of the entire season. Taking place in Los Angeles over the weekend, the SAG awards is an accolade given to merit those in the acting industry for film and television.
With a debate of diversity rife, since the Oscar nominations were announced, Saturday evening’s event proved anything but a lack of. The likes of Idris Elba, Viola Davis and Uzo Adubo were rewarded for making their mark on some of 2015’s most successful movies and television products.
The SAG Awards not only recognise those highly deserved of a famous bronze statue, it is a night of fashion escapades! Because it is not the most known award ceremony, celebrities on the red carpet are more willing to take style risks and to test out 2016’s latest trends.
So what is exactly should you know about what became the top moments of the Screen Actors Guild Awards 2016.
‘Welcome to diverse TV’ were the words of Idris Elba, as he collected his second award. Since the Oscar’s, Hollywood has been talking about an apparent ‘lack of diversity’, yet this year’s SAG awards presented something of the opposite. Orange is the New Black actor Uzo Aduba, actress Queen Latifah, Viola Davis and Elba were among four blacks to win the coveted awards. If Oscar were to learn anything, it would only need to look at the plethora of actors who won.
Idris Elba is our nations hero
Idris Elba took to the stage to receive not one, but tow SAG awards. Idris Elba, best known for his role as Luther in a gripping BBC1 detective series, won Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a television or movie miniseries. He also took home Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture for his role in ‘Beast of No Nation’.
Idris Elba, narrowly missed out on a nomination for the Oscars, but with four black actors taking home statues across the night, it was no disappointment.
Leonardo Dicaprio has done it again
It looks as if Leonardo DiCaprio may finally achieve his life-long dream and receive his very first Oscar. Leo picked up an award worth shouting about – the outstanding performance by a male actor in a leading role for The Revenant. Despite the film receiving mixed reviews and others citing his rewards for leading actor as ‘a sympathy award’, DiCaprio described the gruesome and lengthy process the filming took on his mental and psychological state. He described the film as ‘epic art house’ and he would love to make more of the same. At his acceptance speech, he recalled what had motivated him:
“When I was 15 years old, I was lucky enough to get a film called ‘This Boy’s Life’ and for about a year after that I watched as many films as I possibly could from Jimmy Cagney all the way to Robert De Niro,” he told the awards show crowd. “It gave me such a tremendous respect for this craft, this craft of acting. I was in awe of their performances, and I was incredibly inspired. So for any young actors out there, I encourage you to watch the history of cinema because as the history of cinema unfolds, you realize that we all stand on the shoulders of giants.”
Take a look at some of my favourite gowns from the red carpet; both best of British and Hollywood