SAG Awards Winners Speak Out: 'Stranger Things,' 'Moonlight' and 'Hidden Figures' Stars Make Powerful Speeches
Published Jan 30, 2017The Screen Actors Guild Awards were handed out last night (January 29), and the ceremony offered many memorable moments.
Denzel Washington and Emma Stone took home the top acting prizes in film, while Stranger Things proved a surprise TV upset with a win in the Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series.
During the acceptance speech from the show's cast, David Harbour (a.k.a. police chief Jim Hopper) addressed the political unrest with a call to action. He urged everyone to channel the lessons of Stranger Things and "repel bullies," "hunt monsters" and even "punch some people in the face when they seek to destroy the weak and the disenfranchised and the marginalized" — all to uproarious applause.
Moonlight's Mahershala Ali accepted his own award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role, by sharing how his experience making the film allowed him to "see what happens when you persecute people." He also opened up about how he and his ordained minister mother overcame their differences when Ali converted to Islam 17 years ago and continue to have a loving relationship — making a powerful statement about peaceful co-existence.
Finally, the cast of Hidden Figures took home the prize for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture, and Taraji P. Henson took the microphone to declare it a film about "unity" and "what happens when we put our differences aside."
See the full list of SAG Awards winners here.