How Did Idris Elba Make Oscars History at the SAG Awards?

LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 26:  Idris Elba attends a photocall to launch the Superdry AW15 Premium Menswear collection at Superdry International Showroom on November 26, 2015 in London, England.  (Photo by Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images)

How Did Idris Elba Make Oscars History at the SAG Awards?

The Beasts of No Nation star was the night's big winner.

Published January 31, 2016

Idris Elba may have been snubbed for an Academy Award nomination for his role in Beasts of No Nation, but the actor still managed to make Oscars history at the SAG Awards last night. The actor took home two trophies at the ceremony, for Best Male Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture for Beasts of No Nation as well as Best Male Actor in a Television Movie or Mini Series for Luther, becoming the first actor in history to do so.

But that's not all: Elba is also the first actor to ever win a Best Actor prize at the SAG Awards and not even be nominated for an Oscar. Elba acknowledged the #OscarsSoWhite controversy — and Hollywood's diversity problem in general — during his acceptance speech. He took the stage with his Beasts of No Nations costar Abraham Attah, telling the audience "welcome to diverse TV." 

Elba, who played a general in command of an army of child soldiers in Ghana in Beasts of No Nation, added, “I want to tell you man, we made a film about real people and real lives. To be awarded for it is very special, because a lot of people were damaged through that. So thank you for giving this film some respect and love.”

Elba also tweeted about his historic win:

And he wasn't the only member of Black Hollywood to win a trophy at the SAG Awards. Uzo Aduba (Orange Is the New Black), Queen Latifah (Bessie) and Viola Davis (How to Get Away With Murder) also took home prizes.

Click here for a complete list of winners, and watch below for a recap of the #OscarsSoWhite controversy that is taking Hollywood — and Twitter — by storm: is your No. 1 source for Black celebrity news, photos, exclusive videos and all the latest in the world of hip hop and R&B music. 

Written by Evelyn Diaz


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