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Watch out, Oscars; SAG dominates in diversity


The 22nd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards painted more memorabilia of the finest acting performances throughout 2015. Held at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, this honoring night awarded the best achievements in film and television performances throughout this past year. Presented on Saturday, the night kicked off with humorous inspirational moments of what it means to be an actor.

Idris Elba was one of the many big wins of the evening.

No surprise, the array of uncomfortable presenters stayed consistent and awkward throughout all of the SAG Awards. From the very first presenters, Kristen Wiig and Jon Hamm, the series of unsweetened silences and jokes remained steady and dependable all the way through to the slightly offensive and almost funny commentary from Tina Fey and Amy Poehler.

“Comedy is much harder than drama, comedic actors have to do all of the same things dramatic actors have to do, but faster, and often with a chimp,” said Poehler.

Not only did they look clumsily foolish, but also managed to make the other actors feel unwelcomed as well. After a few jabs at Michael Keaton for his dramatic performances, the distressing tensity soon grew into ungrateful tension. This annual award show had a large variety of all different dimensions of actors.

Uzo Aduba started off the night strong by winning the Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series award for her performance in the hit series “Orange is the New Black.” This was the first of two awards this show would receive.

The cast of “Orange is the New Black” took the stage in numbers and pride of receiving its second award for Best Comedy Series. Powerful first words were spoken when first receiving the award by the group.

“Look at this stage, this is what we mean when we talk about diversity, different race color, creed, sexual orientation,” Said Laura Prepon. Prepon plays the role of Alex Vause, a powerful love interest throughout the series.  

Actions like these are advantageous in the growth of becoming a more tolerable nation. It was a great gesture this cast did by sharing their support to how powerful we can become as a team, once starting to work together regardless of the differences.

After a tough line up, Idris Elba won the award of Male Actor in a Supporting Role, for his performance in the film “Beasts of no Nation.”

Elba spoke his mind about the truth this film brought to the public.
“We made a film about real people, and real lives.”  Elba said as he gave thanks and acknowledgment to the people that were damaged during the Civil War in Africa.

“Ladies and Gentlemen, welcome to diverse T.V.,” Elba said, acknowledging the difference in diversity from the Oscars’ all white nominations.
Iconic actress Carol Burnett received a long reminiscing segment honoring her work in television and film.

This taste of time warmed the hearts of many and allowed the audience to appreciate a few stepping stones this actress placed. This easter-egg of an actress was complimented on all of the different types of roles she could play.

Burnett was awarded the Life Story award. Burnett has been known for her wacky and spontaneous roles which were shown before receiving her award and after her speech. After a long-standing applause from the crowd, Burnett gave a final wave and headed back to her seat.

In between awards was a pause, this pause gave a refreshing tribute to a few actors that have passed. These actors were honored from a clip and were appreciated through the memories they created. Recently deceased David Bowie and Alan Rickman had the audience applauding out of respect and admiration.  

Leonardo DiCaprio is not a new face to the SAG awards. He has been previously nominated nine times, but had yet to take home the title of a SAG award holder. DiCaprio was nominated for his outstanding performance in “The Revenant”  for Male Actor in a Leading Role.

Nervous emotions filled the auditorium as the neighboring actors softly cheered for their fellow actor. The silent anticipation made many hold their breaths before the announcement of DiCaprio’s achievement.

“We all stand on the shoulders of giants, I want to thank all the actors from the past that inspired me.” DiCaprio said to the audience after his big win, and first SAG award. After the bonding and appreciating of the actors that came before, it is only right that there would be an ending speech to tie them all together.

The 2016 Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards was more than just new actors taking their legacies, these awards allowed a symbolic connection to things that are happening in real time today. From the accomplishments of a diverse crowd, to honoring the ones that have past, the theme of the night was change. Like the previous actors that have paved the path for new evolving entertainment, the 2016 SAG Awards have set the tone of what entertainment should be.

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