Winona Ryder’s Facial Expressions Steal the Show at SAG Awards

Winona Ryder SAG Awards
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David Harbour may have delivered one of the most impassioned acceptance speeches of the night, but it was Winona Ryder who stole the show when the cast of “Stranger Things” took the stage at the Screen Actors Guild Awards.

The Netflix series won the Actor for outstanding performance by an ensemble in a drama series on Sunday, ending “Downton Abbey’s” two-year long SAG reign.

No one was more surprised by the feat than Ryder, who grew even more stunned when Harbour read his politically-charged remarks. At times ecstatic and at other times perplexed, she underwent an emotional journey — worthy of an award of its own — on stage. It wasn’t long before videos and gifs of her animated expressions went viral.

Ryder and costar Millie Bobby Brown were also both up for outstanding performance by a female actor in a drama series.

“This is heavy,” Ryder could be heard saying last night while handing off the statuette to Harbour. The sentiment could also refer to Harbour’s anti-Trump speech, though.

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“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,” Harbour said to a standing ovation. “As we act in the continuing narrative of ‘Stranger Things,’ we 1983 midwesterners will repel bullies. We will shelter freaks and outcasts, those who have no hope. We will get past the lies. We will hunt monsters. And when we are lost amidst the hypocrisy and the casual violence of certain individuals and organizations, we will, as per Chief Jim Hopper, punch some people in the face when they seek to destroy the meek and the disenfranchised and the marginalized. And we will do it all with soul, with heart, and with joy.”

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  1. Janie says:

    JUST Act Davie Boy. That is what the public pays to see you do. We don’t give a flying fork what your political opinions are. Tell your friends, or better still, tell your mirror. Any lines we want you to read are in a movie script where we can decide if we want to watch you perform or not. I watched the Globes and Meryl’s Soapbox stand (My face mirrored Winona’s, without the smiling parts). Didn’t watch the Sags for that exact reason. Not watching the Oscars either. Not that I agree or disagree with your rant in your thousand dollar suit and Meryl’s $2000.00 gown spewing knowledge about life in America. (between the 5 star hotels and elitist awards ceremonies) JUST ACT! That is ALL we want to see and HEAR you do.

    • Andy cains says:

      Theres so much wrong with telling other people to not have opinions or speakout on issues regardless of who they are, it makes me sick just thinking how weird of a person u must be to think like that

  2. Chris says:

    Tired of these crybaby celebrities always thinking they have a voice to be heard. This country is not in a good place! We are living in different times than 20 or so years ago. He didn’t ban Muslims as the medieval keeps lying about!

  3. Paul says:

    Hey sorest winners ever, your guy is a dud and the world will continue to say so but what amazes me is the fact that Trump IS a celebrity so according to you he should shut up. Wow, you people have set the bar to a new low. Trump’s 15 minutes are up.

  4. Lb says:

    That guy needs to get his hands off of het

  5. Steve Hansen says:

    I’m very glad I decided to watch “The Big Chill” last night. Like most Americans outside of LA and NYC I have no use for the self-appointed watchdogs of society making their political speeches each awards show. I may watch the Academy Awards but will switch channels the first time I hear the words “transgender” or “Trump”. By the way, how’s the viewership been for the awards shows?

  6. The_Deplorable_1 says:

    Please continue all you disillusioned, out-of-touch, hollywierd celebs, with your political rants…all you’re doing is contributing to President Trump’s re-election campaign. When will you learn to just shut up.

  7. Don Soppeland says:

    What a liberal stupid witch

  8. druxmanworks says:

    I don’t watch award shows to hear political speeches. Maybe I’ll just skip watching the Oscars this year.

  9. Mark says:

    Doesn’t winona have something to shoplift? Her 15 minutes were up 20 years ago.

    • Robert O'Dell says:

      As the success of Stranger Things and Ryder’s starring role it would seem your petty remark is already meaningless. She is and always has been a talented actress.

    • A different Mark says:

      Just checked her IMDB page, she sure does work a lot for some one who’s “15 minutes were up 20 years ago.” What hit TV series are you currently appearing on out of curiosity?

    • Robert says:

      Needlessly thoughtless and hurtful Mark. Winona Ryder is a dedicated and talented actor. Her relatively recent work in Black Swan was excellent. She was funny in Drunk History. She brought empathy and a manic intensity to Stranger Things. She is genuinely charismatic and her lack of pretension is refreshing. I’m glad she’s here.

  10. Bill B. says:

    Harbour gave a great speech and is the best thing about that show, but Ryder needs to get back on her meds or change whatever she’s on.

  11. Donald Trump says:

    That’s my girl. I can’t stand that David whatshisname. He can’t even act. That’s why he’s not famous. Why are we even talking about him?

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