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From SAG Awards to Sundance, diversity makes a comeback

2/5/2016, 12:54 p.m.
In a flurry of wins at the Screen Actors Guild Awards and the Sundance Film Festival, diversity made a comeback. ...
Ms Aduba, Ms Davis, Mr. Elba

Queen Latifah gave one of the evening’s most stirring speeches while accepting the award for most outstanding female performance in a TV movie or miniseries for HBO’s Bessie Smith tale “Bessie.”

“I hope that anyone out there who does not come in the package that people say you should, keep fighting for it,” said Queen Latifah. Backstage, she added: “Hopefully our business will continue to supply the demand that people are asking for. The people want it. Give it to the people.”

Ms. Aduba, accepting her second straight SAG Award for best actress in a comedy in “Orange Is the New Black,” praised creator Jenji Kohan for making “a show that reflects and represents so many people.”

Ms. Davis, who in September became the first African-American to win best actress at the Emmys, won again for her performance in “How to Get Away With Murder.” She reminded that “diversity is not a trending topic.”

“All of the actors of color I know don’t place any limitations on themselves,” said Ms. Davis. “So regardless of what is going on with the academy, what is going on with Hollywood, they will find a way to be excellent. We always have and we always will.”