The 2017 Screen Actors Guild Awards were filled with Black Star magic! After last years complete neglect to recognize any black films or actors, this year the playing field has been leveled. Not only were black actors, directors, films and writers acknowledged with nominations, they also took home the statues! With the horrible situation Donald Trump caused by banning immigrants from all Muslim countries from entering the United States (even the ones that already live here) the night was full of celebs using their platform to speak out against Trump and encourage love over hate. Ashton Kutcher opened the show with a passionate speech about equality and a message to the Muslim community that we love and support them. There was a trickle effect in almost every acceptance speech thereafter. It is safe to say, there were no Trump supporters in the room.
On a lighter note, some of our favorite shows, films and actors walked away with the award that is voted on by fellow actors who are members of the Screen Actors Guild. Surprise (but overdue and well deserved) wins were Denzel Washington for Best Lead Actor and Hidden Figures for best cast in a film. Fan favorite Orange is the New Black won best ensemble comedy cast and newcomer Stranger Things walked away with best Dramatic Ensemble cast!
The best dressed award of the night for me went to Viola Davis who also won Best Supporting Actress. And Moonlight and House of Cards star Mahershali Ali won best Supporting Actor. One of my favorite performances of the year was Best Actress in a mini series winner Sarah Paulson from The People Vs OJ Simpson. And John Lithgoe gave a killer performance on the Netflix series, The Crown and he walked away with a well deserved Best Supporting Actor Award as well!
Congratulations to all of the winners and take a look at the complete list of winners below!
Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
Manchester by the Sea
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role
Casey Affleck, Manchester by the Sea
Andrew Garfield, Hacksaw Ridge
Ryan Gosling, La La Land
Viggo Mortensen, Captain Fantastic
Denzel Washington, Fences
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role
Amy Adams, Arrival
Emily Blunt, The Girl on the Train
Natalie Portman, Jackie
Emma Stone, La La Land
Meryl Streep, Florence Foster Jenkins
Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series
Game of Thrones
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series
Millie Bobby Brown, Stranger Things
Claire Foy, The Crown
Thandie Newton, Westworld
Winona Ryder, Stranger Things
Robin Wright, House of Cards
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series
Sterling K. Brown, This Is Us