Miranda Tapsell at last night's Logies: The Love Child actress picked up two awards. Photo: Getty Images
Indigenous actress Miranda Tapsell awesomely used her Logies acceptance speech last night to urge the industry to make Australian television more diverse.
The Darwin-born actress scored two Logies on the night for her role as Martha in Nine's Love Child: Most Popular New Talent and Most Outstanding Newcomer.
After thanking her mentor Leah Purcell, Tapsell called on the people in the room to step up their efforts in casting non-white actors in prominent TV roles.
"Put more beautiful people of colour on TV, and connect viewers in ways that transcend race and unite us," she said. "That's the real team Australia."
Viewers and industry folk praised Tapsell's speech and echoed her sentiments:
Miranda Tapsell's speech is now the one to beat. Smart, challenging, positive. Best so far tonight. #tvweeklogies— Michael Idato (@michaelidato) May 3, 2015
"Put more beautiful people of color on TV" - Miranda Tapsell unites a room! #tvweeklogies2015— Scott Ellis (@blahblahellis) May 3, 2015
Miranda Tapsell- only Logie winner who bothered to think about her speech. Standing ovation. "Put more beautiful people of colour on TV".— Melissa Davey (@MelissaLDavey) May 3, 2015
Tapsell - who previously starred in Redfern Now and The Sapphires - earned a standing ovation from the audience, and reiterated her thoughts while talking to journalists in the backstage press room.
"The great thing about being a woman of Aboriginal heritage in 2015, we are seeing more and more roles where race is not the central thing. We're always going to see an element of that in a show set in the '60s but at the end of the day, she's one of the girls," Tapsell said of her character Martha.
"I really hope it's the beginning. I hope we don't stop there in making diverse casting and we're really on our way there in Australia and I hope we continue this cultural shift."