Following the Friday announcement of Donald Trump's immigration ban, and the weekend of nationwide protests that followed, it was inevitable that the Screen Actors Guild awards would be more political than usual.
Winners and presenteres throughout the night, from Ashton Kutcher to Mahershala Ali to Julia Louis-Dreyfus, used their platform to denounce Trump's "extreme vetting" measures, pledge their support to refugees and make pleas for more tolerance and compassion. Here's a roundup of all the celebrities who made reference to Trump and his Muslim ban throughout the night:
Kutcher began the ceremony by addressing "everyone in airports that belong in my America. You are the part of the fabric of who we are, and we love you and we welcome you."
Ashton Kutcher to "everyone in airports that belong in my America ... you are a part of the fabric of who we are." #SAGAwards pic.twitter.com/8ECZjRkhtn— Jarett Wieselman (@JarettSays) January 30, 2017
Julia Louis-Dreyfus (Veep)
"I want you all to know that I am the daughter of an immigrant. My father fled religious persecution in Nazi-occupied France, and I am an American patriot, and I love this country, and because I love this country I am horrified by its blemishes. This immigrant ban is a blemish, and it is un-American."
Taylor Schilling (Orange Is The New Black)
We [the show's ensemble] stand up here representing a diverse group of people, representing generations of families who have sought a better life here, from places like Nigeria, the Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, Columbia, Ireland… And we know that it's going to be up to us, and all of you, to keep telling stories that show that what unites us is stronger than the forces that seek to divide us."
Mahershala Ali (Moonlight)
"I think what I've learned from working on Moonlight is we see what happens when we persecute people," Ali began. "They fold into themselves, and what I was so grateful about in having the opportunity to play [his Moonlight character] Juan was playing a gentleman. Who saw a young man folding into himself as the result of the persecution of his community, and taking the opportunity to uplift him, tell him that he mattered, that he was okay, accept him and I hope that we do a better job of that.
"When we get caught up in the minutiae, the details that make us all different, there's two ways of seeing that. You can see the texture of that person, the qualities that make them unique, or you can go to war about it, say, 'That person is different from me, I don't like you, so let's battle.' My mother is an ordained minister, I'm a Muslim. She didn't do backflips when I called her to tell her I converted 17 years ago. But I tell you now, we put things to the side, I'm able to see her, she's able to see me, we love each other, the love has grown. That stuff is minutiae. It's not that important."
Sarah Paulson (The People v OJ Simpson: American Crime Story)
"I would like to make a plea: Any money you have to spare, please donate to the ACLU, to protect the rights and liberties of people across this country. It's a vital organization that relies on our support, so please, if you can."
Bryan Cranston (All The Way)
"I'm often asked, how would Lyndon Johnson think about Donald Trump? I honestly feel that 36 would put his arm around 45 and earnestly wish him success. And he would also whisper in his ear something he said often, as a form of encouragement, and a cautionary tale—'Just don't piss in the soup that all of us gotta eat'."
David Harbour (La La Land)
"This award from you, who take your craft seriously and earnestly believe, like me, that great acting can change the world, is a call to arms from our fellow craftsmen and women, to go deeper, and through our art to battle against fear, self-centredness and exclusivity, and through our craft to cultivate a more empathetic and understanding society by revealing intimate truths that serve as a forceful reminder to folks that when they feel broken, and afraid, and tired, they are not alone.
"We are united, in that we are all human beings, and we are all together on his horrible, painful, joyous, exciting and mysterious ride that is being alive. Now, as we act in the continuing narrative of Stranger Things, we 1983 midwesterners will repel bullies, 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 meek and the disenfranchised and the marginalized."
Emma Stone (La La Land)
"We're in a really tricky time in the world, in our country, and things are very inexcusable and scary and need action. I'm so grateful to be part of a group of people that cares, and wants to reflect things back to society."
Via Harper's Bazaar US