Saturday, January 30, 2016
"This is What We Mean When We Talk About Diversity"
My mom sent me a text around the one hour-point of tonight's Screen Actors Guild Awards that read, "I see it's black night at the SAG Awards! At least they get it." And this is coming from someone who doesn't even watch award shows; she just likes to see people of color being honored--for anything. As I've said before, the lack of diversity isn't a tough issue to solve. Just award those who deserve it. Period.
I'm not going to pretend that I am now a fan of Beasts of No Nation (I still find the movie problematic), but watching Idris Elba win for both his performance in this film and his title role in Luther was a certain kind of special. And Uzo Aduba, Viola Davis, and Queen Latifah's wins for their performances in Orange is the New Black, How to Get Away with Murder, and Bessie, respectively, was seriously like a big F-U to, like, all other award shows. Upon accepting the award for best comedy ensemble (Orange is the New Black), Laura Prepon said, "This is what we mean when we talk about diversity." Then she dropped the mic and strutted off the stage. (That last part didn't happened, but I would have totally been here for it).
All this to say that it made for such a better award show. And team Room is still going strong with another deserved win for Brie Larson. That was the cherry on the pie.
See the full list of winners here.