Before the SAG Awards aired Sunday night, many wondered whether Hollywood's best and brightest would respond to the shocking political changes Donald Trump has instigated in recent days. But as the awards show kicked into gear, the more pertinent question seemed to be about who wouldn't respond to them.
Here are the most political moments of the SAG Awards.
1 | Ashton Kutcher says everyone is welcome in his America
Host Ashton Kutcher set the tone for the evening in his introduction by acknowledging the many people currently being detained at airports around the United States thanks to Donald Trump's travel ban. "Good evening, fellow SAG-AFTRA members and everyone at home. And everyone in airports that belong in my America," Kutcher said. "You are a part of the fabric of who we are, and we love you and we welcome you."
2 | The diverse cast of 'Orange Is the New Black'
On behalf of the Orange Is the New Black cast, who scored best cast in a TV comedy, Taylor Schilling reminded viewers that the actors were diverse people "representing generations of families who have sought a better life here."
3 | Julia Louis-Dreyfus: "This immigrant ban is a blemish"
Veep star Julia Louis-Dreyfus took the award for Female Actor in a Comedy Series and, after a quip about Russian interference, took a powerful stand against Donald Trump's executive order banning nationals of certain countries from entering the United States. "I want you all to know that I am the daughter of an immigrant," the actress said. "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 and this immigrant ban is a blemish, and it's un-American."
4 | Viola Davis thanks 'Fences' playwright for elevating stories about people of colour
Davis has pretty much swept awards season with her portrayal of Rose Maxson in Fences, and scooped up best female supporting actor at the SAG Awards. The actress praised playwright August Wilson for honoring "the average man...who happened to be a man of colour." In doing that, Davis said, he had elevated the story of "my father, my mother, my uncles, who had eighth and fifth grade educations."
5 | Mahershala Ali: "You see what happens when we persecute people"
When accepting his Supporting Male Actor award, Moonlight's Mahershala Ali spoke about effects his role as Juan, a drug dealer who becomes the father figure to a young black, gay boy had on him. "What I've learned from working on Moonlight is you see what happens when we persecute people," an emotional Ali said. "They fold into themselves." The actor, who is Muslim, added that he was grateful for the role, and led into a story about how the religious differences between himself and his mother, an ordained minister, did not affect their love for each other. "I tell you now. You put things to the side...and I'm able to see her. She's able to see me...that stuff is minutiae. It's not that important."
6 | Sarah Paulson encourages people to donate to the ACLU
With all of her success so far this awards season, Sarah Paulson was a shoo-in for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Movie or Limited Series for her portrayal of Marcia Clark in The People vs OJ Simpson: American Crime Story. She used the moment to thank the real-life Clark, which has been her custom now for several months. But she also added an additional request: "Please donate to the ACLU, to protect the rights and liberties of people across this country."
7 | Bryan Cranston imagines a conversation between presidents
Bryan Cranston, who played President Lyndon B. Johnson in All the Way, tipped his hat to the historical leader: "I absolutely feel like #36 would put his arm around #45 and earnestly wish him success...and also whisper something in his ear, a cautionary tale...just don't piss in the soup that all of us gotta eat."
8 | Lily Tomlin: "We could all go out and really change things"
Awarded the lifetime achievement award by Dolly Parton, Lily Tomlin took a light tone about the coming apocalypse: "The Doomsday Clock has been moved up to 2.5 minutes before midnight," she joked. As she closed her speech, the Grace and Frankie star posed a half-joking question: "What should I put on my next sign? Global warming, standing rock, LGBT issues, Chinese missiles, immigration...We could all go out and really change things."
9 | Common throws down the Twitter gauntlet
Before presenting an award to John Lithgow for actor in a drama series, Common slyly kept his political commentary shady: "If I say what I'm thinking, I'm risking a Twitter war." Not to be outdone, Lithgow himself shouted out Meryl Streep "who somehow managed to speak my exact thoughts three weeks ago in another awards ceremony."
10 | David Harbour lets loose on behalf of the 'Stranger Things' cast
Everyone was thrilled—perhaps no one more than the cast themselves—when Stranger Thingsscored for the best cast in a TV drama. David Harbour, who played Police Chief Jim Hopper in the beloved Netflix series, gave an impassioned political speech on behalf of his colleagues, in which he promised to "repel bullies" and "shelter freaks and outcasts." In what was one of the night's most electrifying moments, Harbour said: "We are united in that we are all human beings and we are all together on this horrible, painful, joyous, exciting, and mysterious ride that is being alive."
11 | Emma Stone: "Things are very inexcusable and scary and need action"
Best Female Actor awardee Emma Stone balanced out her joy at having worked on La La Land—"bringing people joy and making people laugh and giving people hope"—with a reference to what's happening right now: "things are very inexcusable and scary and need action and I'm so grateful to be part of a group of people that cares and that wants to reflect things back to society."
12 | Taraji P. Henson: "Love wins. Every time."
Hidden Figures took away the best ensemble performance award and, fittingly, Taraji P. Henson declared in her acceptance speech, "This film is about unity." Henson, who played NASA mathematician Katherine Johnson, acknowledged the pioneering work of Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan, and Mary Jackson. "Without them, we would not know how to reach the stars," the actress said. "This story is about what happens when we put our differences aside and we come together as a human race. We win. Love wins. Every time."