Shades of beauty and class were in abundance last night as Viola Davis and Uzo Aduba who both had much to celebrate and shined as they walked the red carpet. Both actresses took home trophies at the Screen Actors Guild Awards in Los Angeles, making history as the first Black Actresses to receive major TV acting honors of the night.

 

There seems to be no stopping Viola as she picked up the award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama series for her role as law professor Annalise Keating in ABC’s How To Get Away With Murder.

 

Just weeks ago Viola served some shade in the classiest way she knows, not only by winning the People’s Choice Award for Favorite Actress but in her acceptance speech where she poignantly addressed a New York Times TV critic who questioned Davis for being casted as a sexual character, opposed to other actresses who possess ‘classic beauty’.

 

 

In an emotional acceptance speech at the SAG awards, giving a lesson in diversity Viola took one last jab at the TV Critic as she thanked her shows Producers including Shonda Rhimes for thinking that;

 

“a sexualized, messy, mysterious woman, could be a 49-year-old dark-skinned African-American woman who looks like me. And thank you to all the people who love me exactly how God made me.”

 

 

 

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Uzo Aduba was the first big win of the night, as they read out her name as the winner. Uzo delivered us with an emotional speech while receiving her award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series for her character Crazy Eyes in Netflix’s Orange Is The New Black.

 

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It was certainly heart-warming to see the surprise and glee in the actresses face as she went to receive her honor, and gave this teary-eyed speech of how she almost gave up on her dream;

 

“Finally I just really, really, really truly want to say, the day I got this job was the day I stopped acting and to be in a room with all you amazing human beings, amazing talents, for what I respect so much and love so much, is really truly the greatest honor”.

 

 

OITNB also scored a win for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series.

 

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Bringing the diversity controversy back to home soil, actor Benedict Cumberbatch shared his views on diversity in British television in comparison to the United States;

 

“I think as far as colored actors go it gets really different in the U.K., and a lot of my friends have had more opportunities here than in the U.K., and that’s something that needs to change.”

 

He continued on to say: “something’s gone wrong, we’re not representative enough in our culture of different races, and that really does need to step up a pace.”

 

Cumerbatch taking a more political standpoint by saying, “it’s clear when you see certain migratory patterns that there are more opportunities here than in the U.K.”

 

Cumberland made a valid point which is felt by many here in the UK and it doesn’t stop with British TV shows and films but this is also seen in television advertisement. British TV day-to-day does not represent the true essence of the diversity in Britain. We are hopeful that one day will change.

 

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