‘Spotlight’, Idris Elba Lead 2016 Screen Actors Guild Awards Winners

     January 30, 2016


The 22nd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards were held this evening, and they threw a couple of curveballs into what’s been an incredibly unpredictable race. Quite possibly the biggest winner of the night was Idris Elba, who became the first actor to win a Screen Actors Guild Award having not been nominated for an Oscar in the same category. Elba was named Best Supporting Actor for his terrific work in Beasts of No Nation, and he also took home Best Actor in a TV Miniseries or Movie for Luther.

While many were looking for The Big Short or maybe even Straight Outta Compton to take the top prize, Spotlight earned the very well deserved Best Ensemble award, which is SAG’s equivalent of Best Picture. The Best Actor and Best Actress trophies were nabbed by exactly who you think—Leonardo DiCaprio and Brie Larson—but the TV side had some shakeups of its own. For the third year in a row, Downton Abbey inexplicably took the Best Ensemble in a Drama Series prize, robbing Mad Men of a final season win. In fact, Matthew Weiner‘s iconic AMC drama went home empty handed—Jon Hamm couldn’t even manage one last win like he did at the Emmys, as the Best Actor prize went instead to Kevin Spacey for House of Cards.


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So what do these wins mean for Oscar? Well we were really only looking for clarity in Best Supporting Actress and Best Ensemble, as the others seems fairly locked down. Alicia Vikander took Supporting Actress tonight, so she may very well have the edge when it comes to the Oscars, but Ensemble proved to muddle this Best Picture race even further. Just as The Big Short looked to be gaining serious momentum, Spotlight comes roaring back with a big win. It ain’t over until it’s over, so these next couple of weeks should be interesting.

Take a look at the full list of winners below.

Best Ensemble (Motion Picture)
Beasts of No Nation
The Big Short
Spotlight – WINNER
Straight Outta Compton

Best Actor (Motion Picture)
Bryan Cranston – Trumbo
Johnny Depp – Black Mass
Leonardo DiCaprio – The Revenant – WINNER
Michael Fassbender – Steve Jobs
Eddie Redmayne – The Danish Girl

Best Actress (Motion Picture)
Cate Blanchett – Carol
Brie Larson – Room – WINNER
Helen Mirren – Woman in Gold
Saoirse Ronan – Brooklyn
Sarah Silverman – I Smile Back


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Best Supporting Actor (Motion Picture)
Christian Bale – The Big Short
Idris Elba – Beasts of No Nation – WINNER
Mark Rylance – Bridge of Spies
Michael Shannon – 99 Homes
Jacob Tremblay – Room

Best Supporting Actress (Motion Picture)
Rooney Mara – Carol
Rachel McAdams – Spotlight
Helen Mirren – Trumbo
Alicia Vikander – The Danish Girl – WINNER
Kate Winslet – Steve Jobs

Best Ensemble (Drama Series)
Downton Abbey – WINNER
Game of Thrones
House of Cards
Mad Men


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Best Ensemble (Comedy Series)
The Big Bang Theory
Key & Peele
Modern Family
Orange Is the New Black – WINNER

Best Actor (Drama Series)
Peter Dinklage – Game of Thrones
Jon Hamm – Mad Men
Rami Malek – Mr. Robot
Bob Odenkirk – Better Call Saul
Kevin Spacey – House of Cards – WINNER

Best Actress (Drama Series)
Claire Danes – Homeland
Viola Davis – How to Get Away with Murder – WINNER
Julianna Marguiles – The Good Wife
Maggie Smith – Downton Abbey
Robin Wright – House of Cards

Best Actor (Comedy Series)
Ty Burrell – Modern Family
Louis C.K. – Louie
William H. Macy – Shameless
Jim Parsons – The Big Bang Theory
Jeffrey Tambor – Transparent – WINNER


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Best Actress (Comedy Series)
Uzo Aduba – Orange Is the New Black – WINNER
Edie Falco – Nurse Jackie
Ellie Kemper – Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
Julia Louis-Dreyfus – Veep
Amy Poehler – Parks and Recreation

Best Actor (Miniseries/TV Movie)
Idris Elba – Luther – WINNER
Ben Kingsley – Tut
Ray Liotta – Texas Rising
Bill Murray – A Very Murray Christmas
Mark Rylance- Wolf Hall

Best Actress (Miniseries/TV Movie)
Nicole Kidman – Grace of Monaco
Queen Latifah – Bessie – WINNER
Christina Ricci – The Lizzie Borden Chronicles
Susan Sarandon – The Secret Life of Marilyn Monroe
Kristen Wiig- The Spoils Before Dying


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Best Stunt Ensemble (Motion Picture)
Furious 7
Jurassic World
Mad Max: Fury Road – WINNER
Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation

Stunt Ensemble (Comedy or Drama Series)
The Blacklist
Game of Thrones
Marvel’s Daredevil
The Walking Dead


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