The actors have spoken. On Saturday, Idris Elba walked away with the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Awards for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role for “Beasts of No Nation” and Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Miniseries or Television Movie for “Luther” at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles.
“I remember getting my SAG card from ‘Law and Order’ 20 years ago,” Elba, 43, joked of his first SAG win for "Beasts of No Nation." He continued by thanking the drama’s film cast and crew and accepting the award on “behalf” of director and screenwriter Cary Joji Fukunaga, who he said fought for several years to get the script made into a film.
Elba concluded his speech by thanking the powers at be for getting the project made. “I want to tell you we made a film about real people and real lives and to be awarded for it is really special because a lot of people were really damaged through that,” he said. “So, thank you for giving this film some light man. Respect. Love.”
Minutes later, Elba was presented with his second win of the night for his work on the British drama series "Luther." The actor said the recognition rendered him speechless. “Two wins in one night. That’s incredible,” he remarked.
The SAG awards are voted on by thespians. Elba’s two wins comes on the heels of his controversial Oscar nomination snub by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences this month.
“Brooklyn” actress Saoirse Ronan presented Elba with his award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role. Elba was up against Christian Bale for “The Big Short,” Mark Rylance for “Bridge of Spies,” Michael Shannon for “99 Holmes” and Jacob Tremblay for “Room."
Elba was nominated alongside Ben Kingsley for "Tut," Ray Liotta for "Texas Rising," Bill Murray for "A Very Murray Christmas" and Mark Rylance for "Wolf Hall" in the Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Miniseries or Television Movie category.