The Highlights of the 2017 SAG Awards

The Highlights of the 2017 SAG Awards

Last night's awards ceremony was defined by politically- and emotionally-charged speeches—though not all of them involved words (Hi, Winona!).

Last night's awards ceremony was defined by politically- and emotionally-charged speeches—though not all of them involved words (Hi, Winona!).

Text: Ian David Monroe

First and foremost on everyone's minds last night was Donald Trump's recent Muslim Ban, which blocks refugees from Syria, Iran, Iraq, Sudan, Somalia, and Yemen, amongst others. Naturally, SAG winners like Mahershala Ali, Taraji P. Henson, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, and David Harbour used their podium time to speak out against it. None were more powerful than Harbour's, though, whose impassioned Stranger Things speech received a standing ovation. Watch them below.

Speaking of Stranger Things, what the hell was happening with Winona Ryder as Harbour gave his speech? In the full two minutes of stage time, the actress went through an entire comical range of facial expressions—suggesting that maybe, just maybe, she was auditioning for her next role. Don't be surprised if that scene makes it into her Lifetime Achievement acting reel in decades to come.

During his acceptance, Moonlight's Mahershala Ali took time to parallel the narrative of the film with today's political climate. "I think what I've learned from working on "Moonlight" is we see what happens when you persecute people. They fold into themselves and what I was so grateful about in having the opportunity to play Juan was playing a gentleman who saw a young man folding into himself as a result of the persecution of his community. Taking the opportunity to uplift him and to tell him he mattered, he was okay and accept him. I hope that we do a better job of that." Furthermore, he added that acceptance builds relationships, which he found in his own life; Ali converted to Islam 17 years ago, even though his mother is an ordained minister, and their bond has grown better ever since.

Last night's Lifetime Achievement award went to Lily Tomlin—but another one should have been given to her presenter. The actress was introduced by her 9 to 5 pal Dolly Parton, who gave an endless array of jokes about her most famous (and insured!) assets—her breasts. A standout: "I might say that Lily is receiving an award I’ve spent my whole life trying to avoid. Sag award? If I see something sagging, dragging and bagging I’m gonna call Dr. Markowitz to get that nipped up and sucked right away." What a light in this dark world Dolly is.

Another colorful moment came in the form of Nicole Kidman's bird of paradise dress by Gucci. There were few risks taken at the awards ceremony, so Kidman's choice of ensemble came as a welcome surprise. She pulled it off, effortlessly.

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Laurence Fishburn, however, did not quite pull off a daring red carpet look. The actor channeled his previous role as Morpheus in The Matrix with a black polka-dotted kaftan-looking ensemble with a pair of bright red cowboy boots. It's unclear what vibe Fishburn was going for, but it certainly was a statement.

See the full list of winners below. 

Female Actor in a Supporting Role: Viola Davis for Fences

Male Actor in a Supporting Role: Mahershala Ali for  Moonlight

Stunt Ensemble in a Motion Picture: Hacksaw Ridge

Female Actor in a Comedy Series: Julia Louis-Dreyfus for Veep

Male Actor in a Comedy Series: William H. Macy for Shameless

Ensemble in a Comedy Series: Orange is the New Black

Female Actor in Drama Series: Claire Foy for The Crown

Male Actor in Drama Series: John Lithgow for The Crown

Ensemble in a Drama Series: Stranger Things

Female Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries: Sarah Paulson for The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story

Male Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries: Bryan Cranston for All the Way

Stunt Ensemble in a Comedy or Drama Series: Game of Thrones

Lifetime Achievement Award: Lily Tomlin

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