The 2017 SAGs had me feeling all of the feelings. Seriously. I am very confused right now. It is difficult to put my thoughts into words, but I will still try. On Sunday, we were called to make sh*t happen and use our skills to help those in need. We were asked on several occasions to unite, and not be afraid. I am Canadian and I felt all kinds of things -- how do American viewers feel?
Actor Ashton Kutcher speaks onstage during The 23rd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at The Shrine Auditorium on Jan. 29, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo: Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
The Screen Actors Guild Awards are meant to honour actors, however the actors were honouring those affected by President Trump's latest executive order to keep those from Muslim-dominant countries out of the U.S. Not even a minute into the show, and a comment was already made. Ashton Kutcher started off the show by welcoming "actors, people at home, and everyone in airports that belong in [his] America." The crowd responded with loud cheers of support -- a reaction that remained consistent throughout the night.
Julia Louis-Dreyfus went up to accept the award for Outstanding Performance By An Actress in a Comedy Series, mentioning in her speech how she is the daughter of an immigrant. Her father had escaped Nazi-France. The words that stuck with me the most were as follows: "This immigrant ban is a blemish and un-American."
Then, William H. Macy took hardware home for his performance in the series Shameless. He didn't miss a chance to mention Trump, thanking him for making his character seem normal.
The most touching moment of the night would have to be when Mahershala Ali (Moonlight) won Best Supporting Actor. He was choked up as he spoke about the ban as a Muslim --f a moment everyone in the Twitterverse was hoping would occur. It made things very clear. Mahershala thanked his mom and his support system, as well as reflecting on his film and its similarities to today's reality.
Mahershala Ali accepts the award for Male Actor in a Supporting Role for Moonlight during the 23rd Screen Actors Guild Awards in Los Angeles, California, U.S., Jan. 29, 2017. (Photo: Christopher Polk/Getty Images for TNT)
You would think it would end there, but nope... It gets better! Bryan Cranston said, "I think 35 would put his arm around 45 and wish him success earnestly" when thinking about what LBJ would say to Donald Trump.
Lifetime Achievement Award recipient Lily Tomlin is known for being an activist for many causes -- she asked, "What sign should I make for the next march?"
The SAG-AFTRA president paraphrased the late Alan Thickman noting that performers are responsible for change.
Ending it was a speech that will probably never be forgotten -- or at least be talked about until the Oscars. The Stranger Things Cast won Best Ensemble In A Drama Series and David Harbour did not disappoint. If you should take just one thing from his long powerful speech, it's that "we are all human beings."
The cast of Stranger Things accepts their award for Ensemble in a Drama Series during the 23rd Screen Actors Guild Awards in Los Angeles, California, U.S., Jan. 29, 2017. (Photo: Mike Blake/Reuters)
In non-political SAGs news, there were a few shockers that had me overjoyed about waiting to make my Oscars picks. Denzel Washington beat Casey Affleck out for Best Actor; Emma Stone won Best Actress; and Hidden Figures won the Best Ensemble Cast. It's safe to say that the SAGs left viewers with a lot to soak in.
We'll all be thinking about every life decision we've made up until this moment and how we can positively shape our future. Speaking of positively shaping our future (I almost forgot about this), Sarah Paulson asked that you donate any spare money to ACLU (American Civil Rights Union -- recently temporarily stopped Trump's ban).
I think I did a pretty decent job at summing up the show. If I missed anything, feel free to comment below or tweet me @MissSaverinaS. The countdown is on until the Oscars -- I will see you then.
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