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Lily Tomlin To Be Honoured With SAG Life Achievement Award

Lily Tomlin will be the first openly gay person to receive the prestigious Screen Actors Guild Life Achievement Award next year.

The actress – who’s earned multiple Emmys, two Tonys, and a Grammy – has been named the 53rd recipient of the SAG Life Achievement Award for her onscreen achievements across a decades-spanning career.

Tomlin shot to fame as a comic but found her breakout role in the early 1970s’ variety show Rowan and Martin’s Laugh-In, before later taking her comedic talents to the big screen and stage with a number of iconic characters.

SAG-AFTRA President Gabrielle Carteris described Tomlin as “an extraordinary actress as equally adept at narrative drama as in comedy roles.

She has an ability to create diverse and distinct characters that are at once familiar, eccentric and oh so honest – in a way that illuminates life’s hidden corners.

From Edith Ann to Frankie, her characters are wholly unique, and by exposing every nuance of human behaviour they widen our scope of understanding.”

Tomlin already has an impressive list of honours, including multiple Emmys, numerous American Comedy Awards, two Tony Awards, and a Grammy.

Most recently she has received acclaim for her role in the Netflix series Grace and Frankie alongside Jane Fonda.

Tomlin will be presented with the award at the 23rd annual SAG Awards on January 29, 2017.

‘Diversity Reigns’ At This Years Screen Actors Guild Awards

The 22nd annual SAG Awards took place in LA on Saturday, and a number of diverse shows – some portraying LGBT characters – picked up the main awards.

Queen Latifah led the field, picking up the award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries – for her role as bisexual blues singer Bessie Smith in HBO’s Bessie.

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The actress and singer, started her speech with a few arm curls of the heavy trophy and then paid tribute to the Bessie team.

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But it was when she was wrapping up that her speech really sang. ‘Don’t let others put you in a box’, she told viewers.

“I hope that anyone out there who doesn’t come in a package that anyone says you should. Knock that thing away and do you.”

The cast of Orange is the New Black also had a very good night.

Uzo Abuda picked up her second award for Female Actor in a Comedy Series for her role as Suzanne ‘Crazy Eyes’ Warren.

The show’s entire cast also picked up the Best Ensemble award, and as the cast was accepting the win, Laura Prepon said, gesturing around her,

Look at this stage, this is what we talk about when we talk about diversity. Different race, color, creed, sexual orientation—I mean, thank you so much.”


Valiantly, most of the show’s ensemble managed to make it onto the stage, but sadly Rose could not join.

She did however post a touching tribute.


Meanwhile, two actors were honoured for their transgender-themed work.

Alicia Vikander picked up the Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role award, for playing Gerda Wegener in Eddie Redmayne drama the Danish Girl.

On top of that, Jeffrey Tambor took home the award for Actor for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series for his portrayal of trans woman Maura Pfefferman in Amazon show Transparent.

Tambor said:

I’d just like to dedicate this award to the non-Maura Pfeffermans, who don’t have a lot of cash, for their operations, for their medicine, for their freedom.”

Lea DeLaria | Best Dressed Butch And Winner At The SAG Awards

At this Sunday’s SAG Awards, the OITNB team took home the Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series, but what was so great about this award is the fact the team emphasize the importance of diversity on-screen.

DeLaria is a s diverse as they get on the hollywood scene, but that is why we love her. Especially the way she represents our community.

Always stunning in suit, with her beautiful girlfriend by her side, DeLaria does not shy her queerness from the camera.


She is open and frank about who she is, and projects this with such confidence that we can’t help but smile.


In a past interview with the UK paper the Independent, she said about her style

“There is a ceiling that allows you to be a certain kind of gay. I’m not a lapdog cut person and I won’t tow the party line. People don’t want you to rock the boat. Even the modern queer movement have a problem with that. When you look like me, you want to act in a certain way.

There are two types of lesbians or dykes – the type that go to the Emmys wearing a tuxedo but don’t wear the bow tie, and those that do – the unapologetically butch.”

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“Being butch is still a dirty little secret, but it’s how some of us are. We can’t forget where we came from. We need to put a positive face on it and it all comes from this international homophobia, that are only certain things are good; that you can’t be that type of lesbian.

It’s important for me to communicate that there’s nothing bad about being gay.”

Lea DeLaria


Award Season And ‘Orange is the New Black’ Ladies Come Out To Win At The Screen Actors Guild Awards

Television and movie stars walked the red carpet at Sunday night’s Screen Actors Guild Awards in LA, but like always it was the ladies of Litchfield who stole the show.

Season three of Netflix’s Orange Is the New Black will be with us this summer, and then there is the new addition of Ruby Rose set to cause the a stir, however to keeps us all going the cast and crew were out in force at the latest Award show.


It was a great night for Netflix, as it cemented itself as a major player, with OITNB picking up it first Screen Actors Guild prizes.

Uzo Aduba was named Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series for her role as Suzanne, aka Crazy Eyes. The actress couldn’t hold back her tears in her acceptance speech, thanking her costars and those who have supported her.

“Oh my God. I really, truly do not know what to say, I just wanna say thank you so much to the Screen Actors Guild for this incredible honor. I want to thank Jenji Kohan for writing a show like this and putting something like this on television, not just for myself but for our incredible team of actors to be seen in such a beautiful way.”

Uzo Aduba


Uzo with winning, as Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series also went to the entire cast meaning everyone was a winner.