Kicking off without a hitch, the 23rd annual Screen Actors Guild Awards was an evening of political statements, undeniable talent, and surprises on Sunday, January 29 at 8 p.m. To celebrate, SAG-AFTRA’s New England chapter celebrated with their 5th annual Screen Actors Guild Awards Viewing Party at Laugh Boston. The festive evening included an official red carpet for photos, cash bar, full dinner, cake, raffles, and prizes. Television screens showcased the awards show throughout the venue. Click here to learn more about the New England chapter and where all the viewing parties take place here.
Broadcast on TNT and TBS, The Screen Actors Guild Awards had its share of excitement and surprises. Among the many acceptance speeches that delved into the state of the world, winner Julia-Louis Dreyfus of Veep shared her story of her immigrant father and her love for the United States. Perhaps the most powerful moment of the evening was the surprise win for the popular Sci-Fi Netflix series Stranger Things. Bringing the crowd to its feet, David Harbour, who portrays Chief Jim Hopper, made a metaphorical statement about fighting fear and exclusivity through great acting in a mostly narcissistic culture. He spoke about battling the monsters and bullies of real life, helping to bring unity to the world.
Unfortunately, Jane Fonda could not attend the awards show to complete the 9 to 5 reunion, but Dolly Parton was her usual engaging, humorous self presenting friend, comedian, and actress Lily Tomlin with the Screen Actors Guild Life Achievement Award. The Screen Actors Guild Awards also took a moment to acknowledge actors lost in 2016, an especially tough year. Prince, Debbie Reynolds, Carrie Fisher, Mary Tyler Moore, Garry Shandling, Zsa Zsa Gabor, Gene Wilder, and Garry Marshall were among the long list of memorable faces in a tear-jerking tribute.
The Screen Actors Guild Awards are awarded to actors in the film and television industry from fellow actors, some of the big winners of the evening included Denzel Washington and Viola Davis for Fences, Emma Stone for La La Land, the cast of Hidden Figures, as well as Claire Foy and John Lithgow for The Crown, Click here for the full list of recipients.