As Oscars controversy continues, minorities win big at SAG, Sundance

The wins come in stark contrast to the furor over a perceived lack of diversity at the Oscars.
By Harry Marcolis | Feb 10, 2016
Good news: the uproar over a lack of diversity at the Oscars may be paying off.

Minorities scored a number of big wins at the Screen Actors Guild Awards and the Sundance Film Festival, according to a an Associated Press report.

Queen Latifah, Uzo Aduba, Viola Davis, and Idris Elba all won at the SAG Awards, and then at Sundance, Nate Parker's "The Birth of a Nation" about a slave rebellion won big across the board.

The wins come in stark contrast to the furor over a perceived lack of diversity at the Oscars, which has provoked a lot of heated discussion about the issue of race in Hollywood, with the hashtag #OscarsSoWhite heating up on Twitter.

It's tough to say whether the controversy had any effect on Sundance or SAG, but it's certainly an encouraging sign for minority actors and actresses.

In a speech before the Sundance attendees, Parker thanked the festival for "creating a platform for us to grow, in spite of what the rest of Hollywood is doing," he said according to the report.

Elba won at the SAG Awards thanks to his performance in the child soldier drama "Beasts of No Nation" produced by Netflix, as well as his performance in the BBC series "Luther." He didn't reference the Oscars controversy directly, but did remark, "welcome to diverse TV."

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