The 23rd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards took place yesterday. This year’s nominees offered unity and diversity.
1. Fences received two SAG Awards. Denzel Washington won the award for Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role. Plus, Viola Davis took home the award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role. Both Denzel and Viola thanked the late August Wilson, who actually wrote the play Fences.
These two actors are on fire. Denzel and Viola are both nominated for the Academy Awards. In addition, Fences is nominated for Best Picture.
2. Moonlight took home one award. Mahershala Ali received the award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role. Both Mahershala and the film itself are nominated for the Academy Awards.
In his acceptance speech, he took the time to talk about some of the current issues in our country.
Here is part of his speech:
“I think what I've learned from working on "Moonlight" is we see what happens when you persecute people. They fold into themselves and what I was so grateful about in having the opportunity to play Juan was playing a gentleman who saw a young man folding into himself as a result of the persecution of his community. Taking the opportunity to uplift him and to tell him he mattered, he was okay and accept him. I hope that we do a better job of that.”
3. Hidden Figures received one of the biggest awards of the night. The film won the award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Theatrical Motion Picture. It is also nominated for the Best Picture Academy Award.
Taraji P. Henson accepted the award along with her fellow actors: Octavia Spencer and Janelle Monae. She said the film is about unity; her speech was indeed empowering.
She also gave a shout-out to the three remarkable ladies, in which the film is about. Her words were: “The shoulders of the women that we stand on are three American heroes: Katherine Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan and Mary Jackson. Without them, we would not know how to reach the stars.”
Congratulations to all of the recipients of the SAG Awards! Up next, the Academy Awards on February 26.