It was a night to award accolades to the finest performances in Hollywood, but this year, the 2017 Screen Actors Guild Awards (SAG) stood for something else: unity and protest against Trump, who this weekend caused chaos and outrage when he signed an executive order targeting muslim-majority countries and shutting down refugee entry to the US.
Actors Emma Stone, Bryan Cranston, Ashton Kutcher and Julia Louis-Dreyfus all spoke against President Donald Trump at the SAG Awards — but one speech caused a stirring reaction.
Netflix series Stranger Things won Best Ensemble in a Drama Series – one of the biggest surprises of the night as it took out none of the individual prizes – and actor David Harbour’s acceptance speech – and his co-star Winona Ryder’s reaction to it – promptly went viral.
“This is unreal. I’d just like to say that with all that’s going on tonight, it’s hard to celebrate the already celebrated Stranger Things. We will repel bullies, we will shelter freaks and outcasts, we will hunt monsters, and when we are lost, we will punch some people in the face, and we will do it all with soul, with heart and with joy. We thank you for this responsibility,” he said.
Ryder’s reaction displayed every emotion possible:
— Hunter Ingram (@hunter_wesley) January 30, 2017
Numerous loud cheers greeted statements of protest denouncing the new immigration restrictions by many attendees, and a celebration of diversity by Taylor Schilling also received rapturous applause, after she spoke after her series Orange is the New Black won best comedy series.
Scandal actress Kerry Washington also told the audience, “Actors are activists no matter what” and at one point, the whole room erupted and yelled out “power to the people”.
Scroll for the full list of winners:
Best female actor in a TV comedy series
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep
Best male actor in a TV comedy series
William H Macy, Shameless
Best cast in a TV comedy series
Orange is the New Black
Best female supporting actor
Viola Davis, Fences
Best male supporting actor
Mahershala Ali, Moonlight
Best female actor in a TV movie or miniseries
Sarah Paulson, The People v OJ Simpson: American Crime Story
Best male actor in a TV movie or miniseries
Bryan Cranston, All the Way
Best male actor in a TV drama series
John Lithgow, The Crown
Best female actor in a TV drama series
Claire Foy, The Crown
Best cast in a TV drama series
Best female actor
Emma Stone, La La Land
Best male actor
Denzel Washington, Fences
Best ensemble performance