(Note from Michael: Yes, I’ve already done some things to that pic in Photoshop.)
Take notes, Academy Awards. Unlike you, the Screen Actors Guild Awards was very, er, diverse last night #SAGsSoBlack. The winners included Black actresses such as Viola Davis, Uzo Aduba and Queen Latifah who won statues for their performances in TV shows or movies, prompting Twitter to respond in appreciation with the hashtag, #SAGsSoBlack. Idris Elba made history during Saturday night’s show for his record breaking win for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries for his starring role in Luther, and for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role, in Beasts of No Nation. He’s the first male Brit to walk away with two statues on the same night. Helen Mirren was the first female Brit to do the same.
The hot piece of British ass was dapper, unlike some other Brits (I’m looking at you, Daisy Lowe) and thanked everyone. He literally spends 47 seconds thanking everyone he’s ever met in his life. Take it away, Mr. Elba.
If you’re too lazy to press play, read Idris’ thank you speech below.
“I remember getting my SAG card from [the TV show] Law and Order; that was 20 years ago so thank you for that, man.
Cary Fukunaga you are a G for making this movie. You toyed around with this script for seven years and I’m thankful to take this award on your behalf.
Ted-something from Netflix, well done for your belief, bro.
We made a film about real people and real lives. And to be awarded for it is very special because a lot of people were damaged through that. So thank you for giving this film light, respect, love.”
Idris also got really reflective and gave his two cents on the #OscarsSoWhite controversy and shared:
“Welcome to diverse TV.”
Take that, take that #OscarsSoWhite for snubbing Idris for a Best Supporting Actor nod for Beast of No Nation. Did you really think the Universe wouldn’t find some other way to make amends?