SAG Awards: Winners + Celebs Get Political

Fox’s historical drama “Hidden Figures” won the SAG Award for top ensemble cast on Sunday, while “Fences,” “Moonlight,” and “La La Land” were also winners.

Taraji P. Henson — who plays mathematician Katherine Johnson — dedicated her award to the trio of female African-American mathematicians at NASA who played a vital role in John Glenn’s orbital flight in  1962 —  Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan, and Mary Jackson, along with Glenn. “They are hidden figures no more.”

P.S. The winner of the SAG ensemble trophy has matched the Oscar best picture winner 11 times in 21 years.

Denzel Washington won the best actor award for “Fences” and castmate Viola Davis took the supporting award. Emma Stone took the best actress award for her role as a struggling actress in “La La Land”, and Mahershala Ali took the supporting actor trophy for “Moonlight.”

Lily Tomlin received the SAG Life Achievement Award, presented by Dolly Parton, and cited Ruth Gordon’s acceptance speech for winning an Oscar at age 72.

Netflix’s “Stranger Things” won the drama series trophy. John Lithgow and Claire Foy won the drama series actor awards for Netflix’s “The Crown” for their portrayals of Winston Churchill and Queen Elizabeth, respectively. Lithgow credited Meryl Streep for her Jan. 8 Golden Globes speech blistering President Donald Trump. “My exact thoughts,” he added.

“Orange Is the New Black” won the comedy ensemble trophy for the third straight year. The series topped “The Big Bang Theory,” “Black-ish,” “Veep,” and “Modern Family,” which won for four years before “Orange Is the New Black” started its streak.

The evening included verbal attacks on President Donald Trump’s temporary ban on refugees and citizens from seven predominately Muslim countries from entering the United States.

 Julia Louis-Dreyfus, who won the actress trophy for comedy series for “Veep”, said:  “This immigrant ban is a blemish and it is un-American.”

William H. Macy won the actor in a comedy series for “Shameless” and offered thanks to Trump for making his portrayal of lead character Frank Gallagher “seem normal.”

Sarah Paulson won the best actress for TV movie or limited series  for “The People vs. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story.” In her acceptance, she asked that people donate to the American Civil Liberties Union, calling it a “vital” organization.

Bryan Cranston took the best actor award in the TV movie or limited series category for his portrayal of Lyndon Baines Johnson in “All the Way.” In his acceptance, he said that he’s often asked what advice Johnson would provide Trump and said he’d be supportive, then add something that he often said: “Just don’t piss in the soup that all of us gotta eat.”

Director David Harbour was speaking on behalf of the “Stranger Things” cast, which won Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series, when he announced: “We are united in that we are all human beings and we are all together on this horrible, painful, joyous, exciting, and mysterious ride that is being alive.

“We will shelter freaks and outcasts, those who have no home. We will get past the lies. We will hunt monsters.  And when we are at a loss amidst the hypocrisy and the casual violence of certain individuals and institutions, we will, as per Chief Jim Hopper, punch some people in the face when they seek to destroy the weak, the disenfranchised and the marginalized!”  

SAG Awards 2017 Winners: The Complete List 

Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture: Hidden Figures

Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series: Stranger Things

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role in a Motion Picture: Emma Stone, La La Land

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role in a Motion Picture: Denzel Washington, Fences

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series: Claire Foy, The Crown

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series: John Lithgow, The Crown

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Limited Series: Bryan Cranston, All the Way

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

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture: Mahershala Ali, Moonlight

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture: Viola Davis, Fences

Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series: Orange Is the New Black

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series: William H. Macy, Shameless

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series: Julia Louis-Dreyfuss, Veep

Outstanding Action Performance by a Stunt Ensemble: Hacksaw Ridge

Outstanding Performance by a Stunt Ensemble: Game of Thrones2017 SAG Life Achievement Award: Lily Tomlin

Source: E!, Variety

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