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Diversity was front and center at the 2016 SAG Awards

Amid the outcry over the Oscar nominations, diversity turned up alive and well at the Screen Actors Guild Awards and the Sundance Film Festival.

Shortly after the screen actors handed out awards to Queen Latifah, Uzo Aduba, Viola Davis and Idris Elba, Nate Parker’s Sundance sensation “The Birth of a Nation,” a drama about Nat Turner’s slave rebellion, swept that festival’s honors.

At SAG, the newspaper drama “Spotlight,” badly in need of some Oscar momentum, took the top honor.

Best actor went to Leonardo DiCaprio for “The Revenant,” adding to the drum beat expected to culminate with the 41-year-old star’s first Oscar.

Other favorites cemented their front-runner status, as well.

Brie Larson, the star of the captive mother-son drama “Room,” won best actress. Alicia Vikander took best supporting actress for “The Danish Girl.”

But supporting actor went to Idris Elba for “Beasts of No Nation.” Elba was one of the most notable black actors overlooked by the Academy Awards, which instead fielded all-white acting nominees.

Check out Michael Keaton’s passionate speech about diversity below.




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