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The 8 Most Political Moments of the SAG Awards

Before the SAG Awards aired Sunday night, many wondered whether Hollywood’s best and brightest would respond to the shocking political changes Donald Trump has instigated in recent days. But as the awards show kicked into gear, the more pertinent question seemed to be who wouldn’t respond to them.

Here are the most political moments of the SAG Awards.

1. Ashton Kutcher says everyone is welcome in his America

Host Ashton Kutcher set the tone for the evening in his introduction by acknowledging the many people currently being detained at airports around the United States thanks to Donald Trump’s travel ban. “Good evening, fellow SAG-AFTRA members and everyone at home. And everyone in airports that belong in my America,” Kutcher said. “You are a part of the fabric of who we are, and we love you and we welcome you.”

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2. Kerry Washington wears a safety pin on the red carpet

Kerry Washington’s off-the-shoulder white gown was rich in detail; sparkling with beads set in a paisley pattern, made of sheer fabric that flared into bell sleeves. The floor-length gown gave us plenty to feast the eyes on. But the most important detail wasn’t part of the dress itself. The actress Instagrammed a silver safety pin that she attached to her sleeve, “to show solidarity.”

3. Julia Louis-Dreyfus: “This immigrant ban is a blemish”

Veep star Julia Louis-Dreyfus took the award for Female Actor in a Comedy Series and, after a quip about Russian interference, took a powerful stand against Donald Trump’s executive order banning nationals of certain countries from entering the United States. “I want you all to know that I am the daughter of an immigrant,” the actress said. “My father fled religious persecution in Nazi-occupied France. And I am an American patriot and I love this country. And because I love this country, I am horrified by its blemishes and this immigrant ban is a blemish and it’s unAmerican…Our guilds are unions of storytellers who have always welcomed those from nations and of varying beliefs who wish to share their creativity with America. We are grateful for them. We stand with them and will fight for them.”

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4. Mahershala Ali: “You see what happens when we persecute people”

When accepting his Supporting Male Actor award, Moonlight‘s Mahershala Ali spoke about effects his role as Juan, a drug dealer who becomes the father figure to a young black, gay boy had on him. “What I’ve learned from working on Moonlight is you see what happens when we persecute people,” an emotional Ali said. “They fold into themselves.” The actor, who is Muslim, added that he was grateful for the role, and led into a story about how the religious differences between himself and his mother, an ordained minister, did not affect their love for each other. “I tell you now. You put things to the side…and I’m able to see her. She’s able to see me…that stuff is minutiae. It’s not that important.”

5. Sarah Paulson encourages people to donate to the ACLU

With all of her success so far this awards season, Sarah Paulson was a shoo-in for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Movie or Limited Series for her portrayal of Marcia Clark in The People vs OJ Simpson: American Crime Story. She used the moment to thank the real-life Clark, which has been her custom now for several months. But she also added an additional request: “Please donate to the ACLU, to protect the rights and liberties of people across this country.”

6. Bryan Cranston imagines a conversation between presidents

Bryan Cranston, who played President Lyndon B. Johnson in All the Way, tipped his hat to the historical leader: “I absolutely feel like #36 would put his arm around #45 and earnestly wish him success…and also whisper something in his ear, a cautionary tale…just don’t piss in the soup that all of us gotta eat.”

7. Lily Tomlin: We could all go out and really change things

Awarded the lifetime achievement award by Dolly Parton, the irrepressible Lily Tomlin took a light tone about the coming apocalypse: “The Doomsday Clock has been moved up to 2.5 minutes before midnight,” she joked. As she closed her speech, the Grace and Frankie star posed a half-joking question: “What should I put on my next sign? Global warming, standing rock, LGBT issues, Chinese missiles, immigration…We could all go out and really change things.”

8. Common throws down the Twitter gauntlet

Before presenting an award to John Lithgow for actor in a drama series, Common slyly kept his political commentary shady: “If I say what I’m thinking, I’m risking a Twitter war.” Not to be outdone, Lithgow himself shouted out Meryl Streep “who somehow managed to speak my exact thoughts three weeks ago in another awards ceremony.”

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