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Idris Elba Just Won A Screen Actors Guild Award For His 'Beasts Of No Nation' Performance

Idris Elba and Uzo Aduba win big at the 2016 Screen Actors Guild Awards.


Idris Elba took home two awards at tonight’s Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Awards in Los Angeles: Outstanding Male Actor in a Supporting Role for his performance as the brutal Commandant in the Cary Fukunaga-directed film adaptation of Uzodinma Iweala’s Beasts Of No Nation and Outstanding Male Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries for his title role in the BBC detective series Luther.

“I want to tell you man, we made a film about real people and real lives,” the British actor said during his first acceptance speech of the night. “To be awarded for it is very special because a lot of people were damaged through that. So thank you for giving this film some light.” He also thanked the film’s Ghanaian cast and crew. “They worked so hard, and I’m really proud.”

Watch both of Elba’s speeches below.

And for the second year in a row, Uzo Aduba took home the SAG Award for Outstanding Female Actor in a Comedy Series for her role as Suzanne "Crazy Eyes" Warren in Orange Is The New Black. “I would like to take an opportunity to acknowledge the actors who are at home, not here in this room with us but hoping to one day be in this room with us -- keep trying, keep plugging, keep working, no matter if anybody tells you to get out of that line that you're waiting in," the Nigerian-American actress said during her acceptance speech. "Stay in that line, you have the chance, it is yours. Thank you so much, God bless you all."

Aruba took the stage for a second time tonight when Orange Is The New Black won the SAG Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series.

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Angelique Kidjo Writes a Love Letter to 'Mother Nature'

We talk to the Beninese musical icon about assembling her new album on Zoom and the "bigger than COVID-19" threat that lies ahead!

The kind of infectious energy that lives within Angelique Kidjo can't be contained by Zoom. Her zest for life reaches out far beyond any screen, and burns stronger than the fastest internet connection.

"I can't wait until we're in person hugging again," she enthuses soon after joining our Zoom meeting to discuss her latest album Mother Nature. Having been on the receiving end of a hug from the four-time Grammy-winning singer, I know exactly what I'm missing out on. "Me too," I say, as I wrap my arms around my laptop, my face squishing the screen. "No, no," she retorts. "I don't want that. You keep it. I want the real deal," she chuckles, her full-bodied trademark laughter lovingly admonishing me.

The Benin-born musician is preparing to release Mother Nature, a collection of songs reflecting our one Earth, and cementing her status as an African musical icon. Collaborating with the likes of Yemi Alade, Mr Eazi, Burna Boy, Sampa the Great, Shungudzo and more, Kidjo's crossing through time and space, over age and country through Mother Nature's themes and stories. Each track is infused with a vigor that only she possesses — the kind that shares a significant message even as the listener is called to just dance or sing along.

Below, Angelique Kidjo reminisces about making the album, and chats us through her hopes and dreams for it!

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