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The Blackest Moments of the 2017 SAG Awards

hidden figuresSunday’s Screen Actors Guild Awards was a ceremony laden with protests, as only the stars can do it, over President Trump’s immigration ban.

What made us happy, though, was seeing our faves receive much-deserved honors for their outstanding acting skills. Just in case you missed it, here are some of the shining moments for black actors and actresses at last night’s show.

“Hidden Figures” Bags Award For Most Outstanding Performance by a Cast, Taraji P. Henson Preaches Unity.

When the cast of  Hidden Figures, an inspiring film about three black female mathematicians who played an integral role in NASA’s 1960s space race, took the stage to receive the award for Most Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture, Taraji P. Henson, who played Katherine G. Johnson, gave a rousing speech about the importance of unity. Listen to that speech below.

Mahershala Ali: “I’m a Muslim.”

When Moonlight star Mahershala Ali won the Best Supporting Actor award, during his tearful speech, he touched on America’s current political climate, using his own personal experiences as a Muslim and how his mother responded to his beliefs as an example of what tolerance should look like. Watch that speech below.

Denzel Washington’s Utter Surprise at Being Named Best Male Actor in a Leading Role

This was Washington’s first SAG win, and it seems to have caught him off guard, but pleasantly so.

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Viola Davis: “We have a story and it deserves to be told.”

Upon winning the award for supporting actress, Viola Davis gave kudos to playwright August Wilson for choosing to tell the story of a man of color. As a side note to you people behind the Oscars, don’t play with our feelings when it comes to Viola. She’s on the fast track to taking home an Oscar and she better
get it.

By: Danielle Dixon

Follow her on Twitter: @tooprettydani

 

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