Idris Elba does double at awards show

Luther star Idris Elba enjoyed a winning night at the Screen Actors Guild Awards as he was honoured by his peers.
Idris Elba does double at awards show

Elba, who was not nominated for any Oscars, won both of the gongs he was up for, collecting the best supporting actor award in a motion picture prize for his role as a warlord in Beasts Of No Nation and best actor in a TV movie or mini-series for his portrayal of Detective Chief Inspector John Luther in the BBC police drama.

Later presenting an award to Viola Davis, Elba said: “Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to diverse TV.”

Elba drew huge cheers as his name was called for his first award, which is decided by members of the acting union SAG-AFTRA.

He said: “The Ghanaian cast and crew (of Beasts Of No Nation) were amazing and worked so hard. 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, so thank you for giving this film some light.”

Brie Larson with her SAG award for her role for ‘Room.

Brie Larson with her SAG award for her role for ‘Room.

He returned to the stage after his second win for Luther and said: “I don’t know what to say, thank you so much everyone in this room for giving me that.”

Leonardo DiCaprio trumped Eddie Redmayne for the outstanding performance by a male actor in leading role award for his performance in revenge epic The Revenant.

Brie Larson was presented with the award for outstanding performance by a female actor in a leading role for Room.

Addressing the members of the guild, she said: “When I was born I was worried I was unlovable and your movies made me feel less alone and made me feel it was a safe place to explore my creativity.”

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