The SAG Awards: setting an example for award ceremonies everywhere.
Continuing awards season was the 22nd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards ceremony on Saturday (January 30th 2016), which certainly set a fine example for the Oscars with its recognition of diversity. There were few surprises among this year's winners, and it was CBS comedienne Carol Burnett who took home the Life Achievement Award.
Spotlight lands top movie award
Landing the top award of Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture was Tom McCarthy's 'Spotlight' starring Mark Ruffalo, Michael Keaton and Rachel McAdams; a movie which has already landed an AFI Award and DGA Award this year, to coincide with its six Academy Award nominations. Leading Male Actor was of course Leonardo DiCaprio for 'The Revenant'; the Golden Globe winner and everyone's favourite to finally win an Oscar this year. Leading Female Actor was another Golden Globe winner, Brie Larson from 'Room', while Supporting Female Actor went to Alicia Vikander for 'The Danish Girl'.
Idris Elba takes home two awards
Idris Elba was the only actor of the film category winners not nominated for an Oscar, and year the 2016 SAG Awards saw him land not one but two prizes for Supporting Male Actor in 'Beasts of No Nation' and for Male Actor in a Miniseries for detective drama 'Luther', the latter of which also landed a Critics' Choice TV Award this year.
Downton Abbey lands fourth SAG Award
For the television categories, it was the cast of 'Downton Abbey' that took home the Ensemble in a Drama Series accolade for the fourth year in a row, while 'Orange Is The New Black' echoed its success last year with another Ensemble in a Comedy Series award and Uzo Aduba winning Female Actor in a Comedy Series.
Male Actor in a Drama Series went to Kevin Spacey from 'House of Cards' once again, with Male Actor in a Comedy Series going to this year's Critics' Choice TV Award winner Jeffrey Tambor from 'Transparent'. Embracing racial diversity again, the Screen Actors Guild awarded another of their staples, 'How to Get Away with Murder' star Viola Davis, with Female Actor in a Drama Series, while Female Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries went to Queen Latifah for 'Bessie'.
It was a no brainer that Mad: Max would win the stunt award
A unique characteristic of the SAG Awards is their appreciation for all the stunt work put into television and cinema, and thus another Oscar favourite - 'Mad Max: Fury Road' - lands Outstanding Action Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Motion Picture, with the TV equivalent going to 'Game Of Thrones'.