Actors of Color Sweep at the 2017 SAG Awards
BY: TARYN DANIELS
The 2017 Screen Actors Guild Awards proved to be filled of #melaninmagic. Actors of Color won big, and showed just how important our content is to this generation. If you missed it, here are seven of the best moments of the night.
SAG awards fashion is always top-notch, but this year it was absolutely amazing. Among the best-dressed list was Taraji P. Henson, Viola Davis, Kerry Washington, Gina Rodriguez and Mahershala Ali.
The "Stranger Things" Cast
"Stranger Things" won for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series. As if that wasn’t enough amazing news, David Harbour, who plays Chief Jim Hopper, gave an inspiring speech about battling fear and accepting differences that brought the whole room to a standing ovation. Check out his speech below (and Winona Ryder’s facial expressions)!
Denzel and Viola
The “Fences” leads were mom and dad AF last night. Seriously though, Denzel’s dad jokes were too much.
Speeches against Trump
Most, if not all, of the speeches included charged and motivating commentary about Trump’s recent Muslim ban. Among the best? Mahershala Ali’s, in which he talked about being Muslim and how easy it is for people to “fold into themselves” when ostracized and not allowed to be who they truly are. Watch the rest of the speech below.
Top Awards for Actors of Color
Movies with casts of color dominated the categories this year, including Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture (“Hidden Figures”), Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role (Denzel Washington in “Fences”), and Outstanding Performance by a Female Character in a Supporting Role (Viola Davis in “Fences”).
Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer and Janelle Monáe not only won “Hidden Figures” the top award of the night for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture, but also delivered an amazing acceptance speech. “This story is about what happens when we put our differences aside, and we come together as a human race,” said Henson. “We win. Love wins every time. They are hidden figures no more!”