Dorchester's Ayo Edebiri Wins Two Screen Actors Guild Awards

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BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — Dorchester native Ayo Edebiri added two more awards to her mantle after the 30th Screen Actors Guild Awards Saturday night.

Edebiri won for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series for her role as Sydney in the FX on Hulu series "The Bear." Along with her castmates, she also took home the award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series.

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In her acceptance speech, Edebiri said, "This is insane. Okay, I'm so grateful. I'm really, really, really just grateful and I'm looking out at this room of people whose work moves me and motivates me and makes me feel and laugh, and I'm just so grateful to be here. I'm so thankful to be nominated alongside some just incredible women and profound performances.

"And I'm going to butcher, just really bastardize a James Baldwin quote, because I heard it the other day, but the act of love is just really an act of mirroring, and I think anything that anybody sees in me that's worth anything is because of the people who love me and support me and it made me who I am.

"And one of the biggest displays of that is The Bear, and the cast and crew of that show. I just wouldn't be possible without you guys. You're a miracle and I'm so grateful to be in your company. It's made me a better person and I hope a better actor. Thank you so much."

Edebiri has been on a hot streak during this awards season. She has also won a Primetime Emmy Award, a Critic's Choice Award, and a Golden Globe Award.

Growing up in Dorchester, she became interested in comedy thanks to an eighth grade drama class, which led to her joining Boston Latin School's improv club.

Since graduating in 2013, Edebiri has become an actress, comedian, writer, and podcaster. Her acting credits include "Theater Camp," "Bottoms," "Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse," and "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutant Mayhem." She has also written for TV series "Big Mouth," "Dickinson," and "What We Do in the Shadows."

Earlier this month, she hosted an episode of "Saturday Night Live" with musical guest Jennifer Lopez.

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