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Idris Elba shocks with best supporting actor win.

For a moment there, it looked like the casts of “Beasts of No Nation” or “Straight Outta Compton” might be poised for a stunner at the 22nd annual Screen Actors Guild Awards. On the heels of the #OscarsSoWhite controversy, SAG-AFTRA produced what felt, at least in part, like a message to the industry: a roll call of winners marked by diversity.

The cast of “Orange is the New Black” won, as did one of the show’s principals, Uzo Aduba. “Beasts” star Idris Elba triumphed in the supporting actor film category, then he double-dipped in the actor – TV movie or miniseries category for his performance in BBC America’s “Luther.” In the corresponding actress field, Queen Latifah won for HBO’s “Bessie,” while in the actress – TV drama category, Viola Davis added another SAG prize to her mantle for ABC’s “How to Get Away with Murder.”

The issue was addressed a couple of times on stage, first by “Orange” star Laura Prepon and then by Elba. “Welcome to diverse TV,” he quipped.

Two things should at least be noted here. First, Netflix sent free three-month subscriptions to the entire SAG-AFTRA membership, greatly helping to expose “Beasts” and “Orange” to voters. (Hard copy screeners of “Beasts” were also mailed out to all 116,000-plus members, a measure taken by only a handful of film contenders.) Second, perceived Oscar frontrunner Sylvester Stallone was not nominated by SAG-AFTRA, largely because the momentum behind “Creed” took hold after the guild’s early deadlines this season.

All of that said, it was still an interesting contrast. By the time the intrigue of the film ensemble category finally rolled around, many on the beat no doubt already had their headlines ready to roll.

But something of interest did happen when Demi Moore opened the night’s final envelope: After “The Big Short” came on strong last weekend with a Producers Guild victory, Tom McCarthy’s “Spotlight” proved to still be very much in the thick of it. The ensemble prize has been a best picture harbinger as many times as it hasn’t, sporting a 10/20 success rate, but it’s nevertheless a crucial win with final Oscar ballots still waiting to go out.

Stars Mark Ruffalo and Michael Keaton took time to shed a sincere light on the issue presented in their film. “This is for the disenfranchised everywhere,” Keaton said, taking it broader in closing with a second-straight SAG ensemble prize in hand. “This is for every Flint, Michigan in the world. This is for the powerful who take advantage of the powerless.”

It was an interesting note in the face of a movie like “The Big Short,” a case study in how the powerful maintain that advantage — even if it means collapsing an economy.

Elsewhere, all Oscar frontrunners reigned — Leonardo DiCaprio (“The Revenant”), finally sailing to a win after being nominated for much more complex work in the past; Brie Larson (“Room”), putting some more distance between herself and Saoirse Ronan; and Alicia Vikander (“The Danish Girl”), cruising to a supporting Oscar win for her leading performance.

The DGA chimes in next weekend. Will the directors clarify the race or keep the waters muddy?

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moonlight Movie Picture
  1. "La La Land" Lionsgate

  2. "Manchester by the Sea" Amazon/Roadside Attractions

  3. "Moonlight" A24

  4. "Lion" The Weinstein Co.

  5. "Arrival" Paramount Pictures

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Damien Chazelle la la land BTS Director
  1. Damien Chazelle "La La Land"

  2. Barry Jenkins "Moonlight"

  3. Kenneth Lonergan "Manchester by the Sea"

  4. Denis Villeneuve "Arrival"

  5. David Mackenzie "Hell or High Water"

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Manchester by the Sea Actor
  1. Casey Affleck "Manchester by the Sea"

  2. Denzel Washington "Fences"

  3. Andrew Garfield "Hacksaw Ridge"

  4. Ryan Gosling "La La Land"

  5. Viggo Mortensen "Captain Fantastic"

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Elle Cannes Actress
  1. Emma Stone "La La Land"

  2. Natalie Portman "Jackie"

  3. Meryl Streep "Florence Foster Jenkins"

  4. Amy Adams "Arrival"

  5. Isabelle Huppert "Elle"

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Hugh Grant Florence Foster Jenkins Supporting Actor
  1. Mahershala Ali "Moonlight"

  2. Jeff Bridges "Hell or High Water"

  3. Hugh Grant "Florence Foster Jenkins"

  4. Dev Patel "Lion"

  5. Aaron Taylor-Johnson "Nocturnal Animals"

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Nicole Kidman Lion Supporting Actress
  1. Viola Davis "Fences"

  2. Michelle Williams "Manchester by the Sea"

  3. Naomie Harris "Moonlight"

  4. Nicole Kidman "Lion"

  5. Octavia Spencer "Hidden Figures"

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Arrival Adapted Screenplay
  1. "Moonlight" Barry Jenkins, Tarell McCraney

  2. "Arrival" Eric Heisserer

  3. "Lion" Luke Davies

  4. "Hidden Figures" Theodore Melfi, Allison Schroeder

  5. "Nocturnal Animals" Tom Ford

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Hell or High Water trailer Original Screenplay
  1. "La La Land" Damien Chazelle

  2. "Manchester by the Sea" Kenneth Lonergan

  3. "Hell or High Water" Taylor Sheridan

  4. "The Lobster" Efthymis Filippou, Yorgos Lanthimos

  5. "Captain Fantastic" Matt Ross

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Silence Cinematography
  1. "La La Land" Linus Sandgren

  2. "Lion" Greig Fraser

  3. "Arrival" Bradford Young

  4. "Moonlight" James Laxton

  5. "Silence" Rodrigo Prieto

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Fantastic Beasts and where to find them Costume Design
  1. "La La Land" Mary Zophres

  2. "Allied" Joanna Johnston

  3. "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them" Colleen Atwood

  4. "Jackie" Madeline Fontaine

  5. "Florence Foster Jenkins" Consolata Boyle

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hacksaw ridge Film Editing
  1. "La La Land" Tom Cross

  2. "Hacksaw Ridge" John Gilbert

  3. "Arrival" Joe Walker

  4. "Moonlight" Joi McMillon, Nat Sanders

  5. "Manchester by the Sea" Jennifer Lame

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Star Trek Beyond Makeup & Hairstyling
  1. "Florence Foster Jenkins"

  2. "Star Trek Beyond"

  3. "A Man Called Ove"

  4. "Hail, Caesar!"

  5. "The Dressmaker"

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The BFG Original Score
  1. "La La Land" Justin Hurwitz

  2. "Lion" Dustin O'Halloran and Hauschka

  3. "Moonlight" Nicholas Britell

  4. "The BFG" John Williams

  5. "Nocturnal Animals" Abel Korzeniowski

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Hidden Figures trailer Best Original Song
  1. "City of Stars" "La La Land"

  2. "How Far I'll Go" "Moana"

  3. "Audition (The Fools Who Dream") "La La Land"

  4. "Runnin'" "Hidden Figures"

  5. "Faith" "Sing"

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Hail Caesar Production Design
  1. "La La Land" David Wasco; Sandy Reynolds-Wasco

  2. "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them" Stuart Craig, James Hambige; Anna Pinnock

  3. "Hail, Caesar!" Jess Gonchor; Nancy Haigh

  4. "Jackie" Jean Rabasse; Veronique Melery

  5. "Passengers" Guy Hendrix Dyas; Gene Serdena

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Rogue One A Star Wars Story trailer Sound Editing
  1. "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story"

  2. "Hacksaw Ridge"

  3. "Deepwater Horizon"

  4. "Arrival"

  5. "Sully"

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13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi Sound Mixing
  1. "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story"

  2. "Hacksaw Ridge"

  3. "La La Land"

  4. "Deepwater Horizon"

  5. "13 Hours"

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KUBO AND THE TWO STRINGS Animated Feature
  1. "Zootopia" Walt Disney Studios

  2. "Kubo and the Two Strings" Laika/Focus Features

  3. "Moana" Walt Disney Studios

  4. "The Red Turtle" Sony Pictures Classics

  5. "Miss Hokusai" GKIDS

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Weiner Sundance 2016 Documentary Feature
  1. "O.J: Made in America" Ezra Edelman

  2. "Cameraperson" Kirsten Johnson

  3. "Weiner" Josh Kriegman, Elyse Steinberg

  4. "13th" Ava DuVernay

  5. "I Am Not Your Negro" Raoul Peck

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Toni-Erdmann-1 Foreign Language
  1. "Toni Erdmann" Germany; Maren Ade

  2. "Land of Mine" Denmark; Martin Zandvliet

  3. "A Man Called Ove" Sweden; Hannes Holm

  4. "Tanna" Australia; Martin Butler, Bentley Dean

  5. "The Salesman" Iran; Asghar Farhadi

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Jungle Book Visual Effects
  1. "The Jungle Book"

  2. "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story"

  3. "Deepwater Horizon"

  4. "Doctor Strange"

  5. "Arrival"

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