The 2016 Screen Actors Guild Awards took over Los Angeles Saturday night with actors from television and film accepting trophies for last year’s stand-out performances.
And while much of the awards ceremony didn’t surprise or upset, there were a few standout moments.
Here are the top five memorable moments from the 22nd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards:
1. Idris Elba’s Big Night
The British actor celebrated big Saturday night, winning not one but two SAG Awards. Elba, 43, became the first male actor to take home two trophies in one night.
The actor took the stage to accept the awards for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture for his role in “Beasts of No Nation” and Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries for “Luther.”
It may have been a consolation for the actor, who was snubbed by the Academy Awards this year.
— SAG Awards® (@SAGawards) January 31, 2016
2. Leonardo DiCaprio Continues His Streak
It’s Leo’s year! The actor continued to rack up awards for his role in “The Revenant,” winning his first SAG Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role.
During his acceptance speech, DiCaprio, 41, recalled what motivated him to become a great actor.
“When I was 15 years old, I was lucky enough to get a film called ‘This Boy’s Life’ and for about a year after that I watched as many films as I possibly could from Jimmy Cagney all the way to Robert De Niro,” he told the awards show crowd. “It gave me such a tremendous respect for this craft, this craft of acting. I was in awe of their performances, and I was incredibly inspired. So for any young actors out there, I encourage you to watch the history of cinema because as the history of cinema unfolds, you realize that we all stand on the shoulders of giants.”
— SAG Awards® (@SAGawards) January 31, 2016
3. Diversity Took the Stage
When Elba appeared onstage for the third time Saturday night to introduce Outstanding Cast nominee “Beasts of No Nation,” he told the crowd, “Welcome to diverse TV.”
After much controversy over the lack of diversity in this year’s nominees at the Oscars, the SAG Awards presented a very different picture of Hollywood. In fact, many persons of color accepted awards Saturday night including “Orange is the New Black” star Uzo Aduba, “Bessie” actress Queen Latifah, “How to Get Away with Murder” star Viola Davis, and we’ve already spoken about Elba’s history-making two wins.
Actress Laura Prepon, who accepted the Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series award on behalf of the cast of “Orange Is the New Black,” also shared her thoughts on diversity onstage.
“Look at this stage,” she said. “This is what we talk about when we talk about diversity: different race, color, creed and sexual orientation.”
— Viola Davis (@violadavis) January 31, 2016
4. Tina Fey and Amy Poehler Are Awards Show Gold
The two comediennes continued to prove why they’re so darn perfect together. The “Sisters” co-stars presented the Life Achievement Award to Carol Burnett, and had the awards show crowd continuously laughing.
Speaking of Burnett, Fey began, “She has deserved every award because comedy is harder than drama. Because comedic actors have to do everything dramatic actors do, but faster. And often with a chimp.”
“And while we’re at it,” Poehler added, “let’s all calm down about Leonardo DiCaprio and his hard work on ‘The Revenant.’ So you slept in a horse and ate bison liver. Big whoop. Carol would have slept in that horse, worn it, done a song and dance, and made a much funnier face after eating something disgusting.”
— Mashable (@mashable) January 31, 2016
5. Michael Keaton‘s Acceptance Speech
When “Spotlight,” the film centered on the Boston Globe’s investigation into the Catholic Church’s priest sex scandal, won the award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture, Keaton took the podium and used his speech to touch on issues close to his heart.
“For me personally … this is really for the disenfranchised everywhere. This is for every Flint, Michigan, in the world. This is for the powerless. This is for the powerful who take advantage of the powerless,” he told the awards show crowd. “That’s why I’m proud to be part of this and thank you very much, it comes down to two things: There’s fair and there’s unfair, and I’m always going to vote for the fair, I’m always going to vote for the good guys.”
— TNT Drama (@tntdrama) January 31, 2016