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Leonardo DiCaprio, Idris Elba win big at SAG Awards

Leonardo DiCaprio and Idris Elba won the big honours at the 22nd Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Awards, which focused on diversity amongst winners, especially in the wake of the Oscar Awards controversy.

Leonardo DiCaprio
Leonardo DiCaprio

Bollywood actress Priyanka Chopra was among the presenters at the awards gala. The annual awards show took place at the Shrine Auditorium and Expo Hall on Saturday night, reports a website.

Elba, who failed to earn a nomination at the upcoming 88th Academy Awards, clinched the trophies for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role for his role in Beasts of No Nation and Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries for his performance in Luther.

Brie Larson. Pics/PTI
Brie Larson. Pics/PTI

While introducing a clip from Beasts of No Nation, Elba took a dig at the lack of diversity in this year's Oscar nominations. "Ladies and gentleman, welcome to diverse TV," Elba said.

DiCaprio, whose 2015 film The Revenant is up for 12 nominations at the Oscars this time, including the nomination for Academy Award in the Best Actor in a Leading Role for him, won the Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role award for his role in the Alejandro G Inarritu directorial.

Idris Elba made history by collecting two trophies - one for  Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role and the other for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries
Idris Elba made history by collecting two trophies - one for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role and the other for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries

Brie Larson took home the Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role award for her role of a fiercely protective mother in Room. While the stars of biographical drama film Spotlight took the honour for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture, the cast of Downton Abbey won the award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series.

The Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series trophy was given to the cast of Orange Is the New Black. While taking the award, actress Laura Prepon also put light on the "#OscarsSoWhite" controversy.

Titanic (1997) pair Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet reunited at the ceremony. We could still feel their chemistry
Titanic (1997) pair Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet reunited at the ceremony. We could still feel their chemistry

Meanwhile, Priyanka presented the trophy for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series to Kevin Spacey for House of Cards. How to Get Away With Murder actress Viola Davis walked away with the award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series.

Among other winners were Uzo Aduba, who won the Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series award for Orange Is the New Black; Jeffrey Tambor, who clinched the trophy for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series for Transparent; and The Danish Girl actress Alicia Vikander, who was honoured with the Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role.

Carol Burnett wore slippers on the red carpet. The comedian wore heels while collecting the award, but was seen in UGGs otherwise
Carol Burnett wore slippers on the red carpet. The comedian wore heels while collecting the award, but was seen in UGGs otherwise

Tom Hardy and Charlize Theron-starrer Mad Max: Fury Road, which is nominated in 10 categories (second highest) at the Oscars, won the award for Outstanding Action Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Motion Picture.

Fantasy drama series Game of Thrones, which is all set for the premiere of its sixth season later this year, was given the award for Outstanding Action Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Comedy or Drama Series.

The biggest highlight of SAG Awards was the focus it put on diversity while picking up winners. Nominations for the SAG Awards, which cover both film and TV, were announced in December, ahead of the Oscars' nominations announcement, which provoked protest when all the Oscar acting nominations went to white performers.

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