Actors Blast President Trump's Immigration Ban During SAG Awards

Brunilde Fioravanti
Febbraio 13, 2017

"We see what happens when you persecute people", Ali said.

The Screen Actors Guild (SAG for short) awards are an nearly surefire indicator for who will win the Academy Awards.

Sunday, protests continued across the country against Trump's immigration and travel ban, with demonstrations at LAX in Los Angeles, JFK in New York, Dulles in Washington, D.C. and Logan Airport in Boston, gaining support.

In the top award of the night, best ensemble, Hidden Figures, the true story about three black women mathematicians in the 1960s who played vital roles in the USA space program, also caused an upset when it was victorious over Oscar best picture favourite La La Land.

After winning Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series for "Veep", Julia Louis-Dreyfus wasted no time taking aim at Trump. "My father fled religious persecution in Nazi-occupied France, and I am an American patriot", Louis-Dreyfus said in part.

Kutcher started his speech with a pro-immigration statement: "Good evening, fellow SAG-AFTRA members, and everyone at home, and everyone in airports that belong in my America".

When we kind of get caught up in the minutiae, the details that make us all different, there's two ways of seeing that.

Even the upset win for "Stranger Things" - part of a very big night for Netflix - turned into a rousing moment, with actor David Harbour delivering what amounted to a passionate artists' manifesto that brought the room to its feet.

And Moonlight star Mahershala Ali made a personal speech while accepting his best supporting actor award.

Upsetting Casey Affleck for "Manchester by the Sea", a surprised Denzel Washington took home the award for Best Male Actor in a Motion Picture for "Fences", which he also directed. "We deserve to be in the canon of any - in the center of any narrative that's written out there".

Tinseltown's glittering awards season climaxes with the Academy Awards on February 26. She noted that the cast is diverse, "from places like Nigeria, the Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, Colombia, Ireland, Brooklyn-and we know that it's gonna be up to us and all of you, probably, to keep telling stories that show what unites us is stronger than the forces that seek to divide us".

"These fearless women put men into space", one of the film's stars, Taraji P Henson, said. Taraji P. Henson, representing the cast of "Hidden Figures", seized on the movie as a symbol of the power of unity.

"It doesn't matter if you're famous or rich or whatever, look, we all open that script the same way, we all have the same apprehension, we all have an opening night, we all have a first day of shooting that we're afraid, and for them to say, 'Hey, we recognize and appreciate what you did, ' I'm really moved", he added.

At the end of the award show, the most poignant afterthoughts came from Davis whens she spoke about inclusion and #OscarsSoWhite.

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