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What was LGBT about tonight’s SAG Awards

It was a good night for LGBT winners at tonight’s SAG Awards as Queen Latifah and Kevin Spacey both won … for playing bisexual characters, Jeffery Tambor won for playing transgender, Uzo Aduba won for playing a lesbian and the entire cast of Orange is the New Black won.

Tambor dedicated his victory for Transparent in the category of actor in a comedy series to real-life transgender people who who are not as privileged as his television alter-ego Maura Pfefferman.

‘She’s very entitled and has a lot of money and I’d like to dedicate this award to the non-Maura Pfeffermans who don’t have a lot of cash for their operations, their medicines, their freedoms.’

Tambor, who has previously won an Emmy and a Golden Globe for the role, thanked series creator Jill Soloway ‘for the responsibility of Maura Pfefferman’ and ‘for changing my life.’

The award was presented to Tambor by actor Jason Bateman who plays his son on Arrested Development. Bateman indicated Tambor was the winner by saying: ‘Get up here dad.’

Aduba also just keeps adding to her growing trophy collection.

She won her second consecutive SAG Award for her performance as lesbian prisoner Suzanne ‘Crazy Eyes’ Warren on Orange is the New Black.

The actress, who has also won two Emmys for the role, said the win is ‘really, really touching.’

She thanked the prison comedy’s ‘phenomenal cast’ and also OITNB creator Jenji Kohan for ‘creating a show like this and putting this on television, creating a show that reflects so many people.’

Aduba also paid tribute to ‘the actors who are at home, not here in this room with us but hoping one day to be in this room with us.’

She encouraged them to ‘keep trying, to keep plugging to keep working. No matter if no one tells you to get out of that line that you’re waiting in, stay in line, you have the chance, it is yours.’

Shortly after Aduba’s win, she returned to the stage with her co-stars when they won for outstanding cast in a comedy series. The cast includes transgender actress Laverne Cox and lesbian actresses Lea Delaria,

‘Look at this stage,’ cast member Laura Prepon said while accepting the award. ‘This is what we talk about when we talk about diversity. Different race, color, creed, sexual orientation.’

Latifah seemed genuinely surprised to win for playing bisexual blues singer Bessie Smith in the HBO movie Bessie.

‘I’m in shock right now,’ she admitted.

Latifah won in the Female Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries category over Oscar winning actresses Susan Sarandon and Nicole Kidman as well Christina Ricci and Kristin Wiig.

She used the occasion to encourage her fellow actors to persevere and not let others define them and what they can achieve.

‘I hope that anyone out there who does not come in the package people say you should. Keep fighting for it. Flip those rocks over. Keep pushing, keep turning. You can do it. You build your own boxes, not people. So knock that thing away, and do you!’

And there was House of Cards star  Spacey who managed to beat Jon Hamm who was coming off wins at the Golden Globes and the Emmys for the final season of Mad Men.

The actor, who like Latifah refuses to discuss his personal life, plays the role of ruthless bisexual politician Francis Underwood on the show and won the SAG prize for the second year in a row.

Spacey finished his speech by talking about the theory of relativity: “Apparently, they say that if you’re in an elevator you don’t know whether you’re going up or going down, but right now it feels like I’m going up.”

Here’s the complete list of winners:

Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture

SPOTLIGHT (Open Road Films)
BILLY CRUDUP / Eric MacLeish
BRIAN D’ARCY JAMES / Matty Carroll
MICHAEL KEATON / Walter “Robby” Robinson
RACHEL McADAMS / Sacha Pfeiffer
MARK RUFFALO / Michael Rezendes
LIEV SCHREIBER / Marty Baron
JOHN SLATTERY / Ben Bradlee, Jr.
STANLEY TUCCI / Mitchell Garabedian

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role

LEONARDO DiCAPRIO / Hugh Glass – “THE REVENANT” (20th Century Fox)

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role

BRIE LARSON / Ma – “ROOM” (A24)

Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series

DOWNTON ABBEY (Masterpiece/PBS)
HUGH BONNEVILLE / Robert, Earl of Grantham
LAURA CARMICHAEL / Lady Edith Crawley
JIM CARTER / Mr. Carson
RAQUEL CASSIDY / Baxter
BRENDAN COYLE / Mr. Bates
TOM CULLEN / Anthony Gillingham
MICHELLE DOCKERY / Lady Mary Crawley
KEVIN DOYLE / Mr. Molesley
JOANNE FROGGATT / Anna Bates
LILY JAMES / Lady Rose
ROBERT JAMES-COLLIER / Thomas Barrow
ALLEN LEECH / Tom Branson
PHYLLIS LOGAN / Mrs. Hughes
ELIZABETH McGOVERN / Cora, Countess of Grantham
SOPHIE McSHERA / Daisy
LESLEY NICOL / Mrs. Patmore
JULIAN OVENDEN / Charles Blake
DAVID ROBB / Dr. Clarkson
MAGGIE SMITH / Violet, Dowager Countess of Grantham
PENELOPE WILTON / Isobel Crawley

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series

KEVIN SPACEY / Francis Underwood – “HOUSE OF CARDS” (Netflix)

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series

VIOLA DAVIS / Annalise Keating – “HOW TO GET AWAY WITH MURDER” (ABC)

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries

IDRIS ELBA / DCI John Luther – “LUTHER” (BBC America)

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries

QUEEN LATIFAH / Bessie Smith – “BESSIE” (HBO)

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role

IDRIS ELBA / Commandant – “BEASTS OF NO NATION” (Netflix)

ALICIA VIKANDER / Gerda Wegener – “THE DANISH GIRL” (Focus Features)

Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series

ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK (Netflix)
UZO ADUBA / Suzanne “Crazy Eyes” Warren
MIKE BIRBIGLIA / Danny Pearson
MARSHA STEPHANIE BLAKE / Berdie Rogers
DANIELLE BROOKS / Tasha “Taystee” Jefferson
LAVERNE COX / Sophia Burset
JACKIE CRUZ / Marisol “Flaca” Gonzales
CATHERINE CURTIN / Wanda Bell
LEA DELARIA / Carrie “Big Boo” Black
BETH FOWLER / Sister Jane Ingalls
JOEL MARSH GARLAND / Scott O’Neill
KIMIKO GLENN / Brook Soso
ANNIE GOLDEN / Norma Romano
DIANE GUERRERO / Maritza Ramos
MICHAEL J. HARNEY / Sam Healy
VICKY JEUDY / Janae Watson
SELENIS LEYVA / Gloria Mendoza
TARYN MANNING / Tiffany “Pennsatucky” Doggett
ADRIENNE C. MOORE / Black Cindy
KATE MULGREW / Galina “Red” Reznikov
EMMA MYLES / Leanne Taylor
MATT PETERS / Joel Luschek

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series

UZO ADUBA / Suzanne “Crazy Eyes” Warren – “ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK” (Netflix)

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series

JEFFREY TAMBOR / Maura Pfefferman – “TRANSPARENT” (Amazon)

Outstanding Action Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Motion Picture

“MAD MAX: FURY ROAD” (Warner Bros. Pictures)

Outstanding Action Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Comedy or Drama Series

“GAME OF THRONES” (HBO)

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  1. “This is what we talk about when we talk about diversity. Different race, color, creed, sexual orientation.”

    Excellent, Laura Prepon! Excellent!

    And I’m so glad Jeffrey Tambor won for Transparent. Wonderful speech!

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