Idris Elba makes SAG Awards history: ‘Welcome to diverse TV’

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Idris Elba lands himself a spot in the history books.

Last night, Jan. 30, the actor celebrated a double-win at the 2016 SAG Awards. But that is not it. The 43-year-old became the very first male to take home two SAG trophies in one night, as well as the first Black person to do so.


During the annual ceremony, Elba accepted the award for Best Male Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture for Beasts of No Nation in addition to nabbing Best Male Actor in a Television Movie or Mini Series for BBC’s “Luther.” Elba’s wins come amid a very important time in Hollywood, following the controversy surrounding the all-White Oscars nominations.

While many felt Elba was snubbed for a nomination as Best Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture at this year’s Academy Awards, his history-making SAG wins are definitely a good look. “[The SAG Awards] are good because it’s my peers,” Elba told E! News ahead of the awards show. “We all work hard and everyone respects each other. It’s nice to get that nod from everyone … When I first got my SAG card, that was the biggest moment of my life. It’s better than any award when you get that moment,” he said, adding that a SAG Award is “better than any other award.”


During his acceptance speech, Elba said, “Welcome to diverse TV … I remember getting my SAG card from ‘Law & Order’ 20 odd years ago … We made a film [Beasts of No Nation] about real people and real lives, you know, and to be rewarded for it is very special. Thank you for giving this film some light, respect, love.”

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