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Politics dominate SAGs, "Hidden Figures" takes top honor

Monday, January 30, 2017 - 02:03

''Hidden Figures'' takes the top honor - best ensemble - at a politically charged Screen Actors Guild Awards. Rough cut (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT - NO REPORTER NARRATION STORY: "Hidden Figures" was the surprise best film ensemble winner at Sunday's (January 29) Screen Actors Guild awards, a show overshadowed by politics as stars slammed U.S. President Donald Trump for restricting entry for travelers from seven Muslim-majority nations. "Hidden Figures," the true story of three black female mathematicians during the 1960s space race, ousted awards front-runners "Manchester By the Sea" and "Moonlight" to claim the night's top prize. "This story is about what happens when we put our differences aside and we come together," star Taraji P. Henson said. "Thank you for appreciating these women, they are hidden figures no more," she added. "Fences," based on August Wilson's award-winning stage play about blue-collar African-Americans, claimed two major acting awards. A surprised Denzel Washington won best actor for "Fences," while co-star Viola Davis won best supporting actress. "What August did so beautifully is he honored the average man, who happened to be a man of color," said Davis. Politics took center stage at the awards as many stars delivered fiery speeches to directly or indirectly criticize Trump's ban on Muslim travelers. Mahershala Ali, who won best supporting actor for his role in independent drama "Moonlight," noted that he is the Muslim son of a mother who is a Christian minister. "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," he said. Emma Stone, winning best actress for musical romance "La La Land," praised her fellow actors for "reflecting society."

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Politics dominate SAGs, "Hidden Figures" takes top honor

Monday, January 30, 2017 - 02:03