At SAG Awards, protest of immigration ban takes spotlight – The Denver Post -

At SAG Awards, protest of immigration ban takes spotlight – The Denver Post




By JAKE COYLE

Oscar season is wanting an increasing number of like one very well-dressed protest towards President Donald Trump.

In speech after fiery speech at Sunday night time’s Display Actors Guild Awards, winners struck a defiant tone towards Trump’s sweeping immigration ban. Their phrases different from tender private reflections to full-throated battle cries, however they have been almost uniform in channeling the nationwide demonstrations sparked by Trump’s halting of immigrants from seven predominantly Muslim nations.

The SAG Awards culminated with the night’s high honor, greatest film ensemble, going to the forged of “Hidden Figures,” an uplifting drama about African-American mathematicians who aided NASA’s 1960s area race, starring Taraji P. Henson, Janelle Monae and Octavia Spencer. Henson concluded the present the identical means its first presenter, Ashton Kutcher, started it: with the type of pointed politics which have historically been extra an aberration than a relentless at Hollywood award exhibits.

“This story is about unity,” mentioned Henson, who stars alongside Octavia Spencer and Janelle Monae in “Hidden Figures.” ”This story is about what occurs once we put our variations apart and we come collectively as a human race. We win. Love wins. Each time.”

It was a shock win for “Hidden Figures.” With the Oscar front-runner “La La Land” (which took the Producers Guild Awards’ high honor on Saturday) not nominated within the class, most anticipated a contest between “Moonlight” or “Manchester by the Sea.” Such a outcome might now imply “Hidden Figures” is the strongest challenger to the “La La Land” dominance, or, maybe, that not one of the three movies will be capable of muster sufficient to topple the song-and-dance juggernaut.

But if Damien Chazelle’s musical is to go on to win greatest image, will probably be simply the second movie to take action with no SAG ensemble nod within the class’s historical past. Solely Mel Gibson’s “Braveheart” managed it in 1996.

However such Oscar handicapping — normally the prime drama on the SAG Awards — largely took a backseat to politics on Sunday. (That’s, with the doable exception of Denzel Washington’s shock win over Casey Affleck.) Whichever movie in the end triumphs on the Oscars, it appears assured of being dwarfed by the rising off-screen clamor.

The immigration ban has already altered the Academy Awards. On Sunday, the revered Iranian filmmaker Asghar Farhadi, whose “A Salesman” is nominated for greatest international language movie, mentioned he would boycott the Oscars, even when he was allowed to journey for them.

Julia Louis-Dreyfus, who added one other honor for her efficiency on the political satire “Veep,” mentioned she was the daughter of an immigrant who fled non secular persecution in Nazi-occupied France.

“As a result of I really like this nation, I’m horrified by its blemishes,” mentioned Louis-Dreyfus. “And this immigrant ban is a blemish and it’s un-American.”

Maybe essentially the most shifting speech got here from Mahershala Ali, who received greatest supporting actor for his acclaimed efficiency in Barry Jenkins’ coming-of-age portrait, “Moonlight.” Ali mentioned the movie, a couple of shy, homosexual Miami boy’s arduous life, held classes of acceptance. “We see what occurs once you persecute folks,” Ali mentioned. “The fold into themselves.”

Ali mentioned his personal relationship together with his mom exemplified tolerance. The son of a Protestant minister, Ali transformed to Islam 17 years in the past.

“We put issues to the aspect,” Ali mentioned of their variations. “I’m in a position to see her. She’s in a position to see me. We love one another. The love has grown. That stuff is minutia. It’s not that vital.”

Ali was among the many a number of Oscar favorites who cemented their front-runner standing, together with best-actress winner Emma Stone for “La La Land” and best-supporting actress winner Viola Davis for “Fences.” However greatest actor went to Davis’s co-star (and director) Washington for his efficiency within the August Wilson adaptation. Most anticipated the award to go to Affleck, apparently together with Washington himself.

“I’m a God-fearing man,” he mentioned, nonetheless shaking his head as he reached the rostrum. “I’m speculated to have religion, however I didn’t have religion.”

Essentially the most blistering speech was by David Harbour, who led the forged of Netflix’s “Stranger Issues” — one other massive shock winner — on stage to simply accept greatest ensemble in a TV drama collection. “We’ll hunt monsters,” Harbour vowed in prolonged remarks that drew a standing ovation.

The hit Netflix collection “Orange Is the New Black” received greatest ensemble in a comedy collection for the third straight 12 months.

“We rise up right here representing a various group of individuals, representing generations of households who’ve sought a greater life right here from locations like Nigeria, the Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, Colombia, Eire,” mentioned star Taylor Schilling, whereas a forged member added “Brooklyn!” ”And we all know that it’s going to be as much as us and all you, most likely, to maintain telling tales that present what unites us is stronger than the forces that divide us.”

Lily Tomlin was the lifetime achievement honoree Sunday. The 77-year-old actress gave a heat, rollicking speech that distributed each ingesting recommendation and remorse over losing “lots of time being bold concerning the improper issues.”

“Did you hear? The Doomsday Clock has been moved as much as two and a half minutes earlier than midnight,” mentioned Tomlin. “And this award, it got here simply within the nick of time.”

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Sandy Cohen in Los Angeles contributed to this report.