The 22nd annual Screen Actors Guild Awards were held on January 30, 2016, in Los Angeles, California.
The night featured a lot of unexpected results coupled with a few sure fire wins in the movie categories. The biggest winner of the night, however, was diversity.
When the nominations for the 88th Annual Academy Awards were announced on January 14th, they were met with a lot of harsh criticism for their lack of diversity — specifically racial diversity — in its acting categories; all 20 acting nods went to white actors for the second year in a row. That, of course, led to the reemergence of the #OscarsSoWhite online campaign, which was endorsed by the likes of writer-director Spike Lee, and Jada Pickett-Smith and her husband Will Smith, who himself missed out on a nomination for his performance in Concussion that earned him a Golden Globe nomination.
If one were to truly study the momentum behind the movement, it would largely come back — this year specifically — to a major snub in the Best Supporting Actor category: Idris Elba for his work in Beasts of No Nation. A host of hollywood stars panned The Academy for Elba‘s lack of a nomination, some of whom predicted the actor (or equally-snubbed Room star Jacob Tremblay) would go on to win in the category.
The SAG awards remedied the actor’s unjust treatment as Elba made SAG Award history by winning two separate awards on the same night: Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture for his work in Beasts of No Nation, and the award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a TV Movie or Miniseries for his delivery in Luther.
Other major acting awards went to expected victors Leonardo DiCaprio for The Revenant with the actor on a now unstoppable stampede to Oscar glory, and Brie Larson for Room. Alicia Vikander also picked up an award for her role as Gerda Wegener in The Danish Girl.
As for the top honour of the night in the film category, the award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble Cast in a Motion Picture — otherwise known as the SAG’s equivalent to the Oscars’ Best Picture — Spotlight won. The gripping journalism drama is a telling of the Pulizer Prize winning series of articles published in the Boston Globe following an investigation into the cover-up of child abuse within the ranks of the Catholic Church in Boston. The victory only adds to the heated competition for the Best Picture statuette as the race seems to come down to Producer’s Guild Award winner The Big Short and now SAG award winner Spotlight.
See the complete list of Screen Actors Guild Award winners in the Film cateogry below:
Ourstanding Performance by an Ensemble Cast in a Motion Picture
Outstanding Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Motion Picture
Mad Max: Fury Road
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role in a Motion Picture
Brie Larson, Room
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role in a Motion Picture
Leonardo DiCaprio, The Revenant
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture
Alicia Vikander, The Danish Girl
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture
Idris Elba, Beasts of No Nation