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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.

Interview

This Compilation Shines a Light On East African Underground Music

We talk to a few of the artists featured on the Music For the Eagles compilation from Uganda's Nyege Nyege.

Nyege Nyege, a label in Kampala, Uganda is channelling the confidence brimming over a whole continent. Africa is no longer the future. For dance music, its time is right now.

Music For the Eagles is a compilation released in conjunction with Soundcloud to showcase the best new acts that East Africa has to offer outside the mainstream. A new wave of artists firmly blasting non-conformist energy for you to spasm to. Music that takes you places. Otim Alpha's high BPM wedding frenzy of incessant rasping vocals accompanied by feverous violin will have you clawing the walls to oblivion. Anti Vairas' dancehall from a battleship with super galactic intentions doesn't even break a sweat as it ruins you. FLO's beautiful sirens call, is a skittish and detuned nursery rhyme that hints at a yearning for love but reveals something far more unnerving. Ecko Bazz's tough spiralling vocal over sub-bass and devil trap energy is an anthem that can only be bewailed. And Kidane Fighter's tune is more trance-like prayer. These are only some of the highlights for you to shake it out to.

We got to chat with a few of the artists featured on the Music For the Eagles compilation as they took a break from the studio below.

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