Posted January 31, 2016 by Editorial Staff in Art+Culture

Black Stars Shine at the Screen Actors Guild Awards

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SAG shows the Oscars how to appreciate diversity.

By: Nigel Roberts
Posted: Jan. 31 2016 10:13 AM

The Screen Actors Guild displayed its appreciation of black actors Saturday night.

Several black performers received SAG awards for TV performances: Queen Latifah for her role as blues singer Bessie Smith in Bessie, Viola Davis for How to Get Away With Murder, Uzo Aduba for Orange Is the New Black and Idris Elba for his role in Luther.

Elba took center stage when he also won the supporting actor prize for his role in the film, Beasts of No Nation, which the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences overlooked for an Oscar nomination.

“Welcome to diverse TV,” he said, sending a clear message to academy members who nominated only white actors for Oscars for a second consecutive year.

The Oscar snub of actors of color unleashed a barrage of criticism for the lack of diversity among its voting members.

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