By Ross Lenihan
In response to the #OscarsSoWhite movement, Russell Simmons, co-founder of Def Jam Records, decided to throw an impromptu alternative ceremony. Held on Wednesday, the 2016 All Def Movie Awards were hosted by Tony Rock, brother to Chris Rock, the Oscar’s host. The honorees and award winners - who were given golden statues called “The Goldie,” inspired by the 1973 film “The Mack” – were a heavily union crowd.
Below is a list of some of the major union winners as well as their union affiliation(s):
• Best Picture - "Straight Outta Compton” (DGA, PGA, SAG-AFTRA, WGAW, IATSE)
• Best Actress - Sanaa Lathan, “The Perfect Guy” (SAG-AFTRA)
• Best Actor - Michael B. Jordan, “Creed” (SAG-AFTRA)
• Best Director - Ryan Coogler, “Creed” (DGA)
• Lifetime Achievement Award - Will Smith (SAG-AFTRA)
• Best Helpful White Person - Christoph Waltz (SAG-AFTRA)
Labor 411 salutes all the winners as well as the ongoing movement for more diversity (be it racial, gender, and beyond) in Hollywood.
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