A number of Screen Actors Guild award winners including Emma Stone, Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Bryan Cranston used their acceptance speeches as an opportunity to publicly oppose US President Donald Trump's travel ban.
Before the annual award show even began, stars were vocal about the strained political situation in the USA after PresidentDonald Trump was sworn into office earlier this month.
Ashton Kutcher - the night's first presenter - began the show by welcoming "everyone in airports that belong in my America", a clear reference to Trump's law barring the citizens of seven predominantly Muslim nations from entering the country.
"I think what I have learned from working on 'Moonlight, ' we see what happens when you persecute people".
Even William H. Macy's lighthearted speech upon winning Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series for his performance as a sleazy patriarch on "Shameless" took aim at Trump.
The surprise of the evening came with the outstanding performance by a cast in a theatrical motion picture win by "Hidden Figures". Henson plays Johnson, Janelle Monae plays Jackson, and Octavia Spencer plays Vaughan.
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.
Golden Globe victor Claire Foy, who plays the young Queen Elizabeth II on "The Crown" also won best actor in a TV drama. I believe is enabling safety and security but we do so with honor.
Then, perhaps the biggest surprise of the night: The award for best feature film ensemble didn't go to "Fences" or "Moonlight" or "Manchester by the Sea". She's able to see me. But I tell you now, you put things to the side. "And we will fight for them.' Thank you very much". The love has grown, and that stuff is minutia.
John Legend encouraged everyone to speak out against Trump's immigration ban during a red carpet interview.
A celebration of diversity by Orange is the New Black actress Taylor Schilling, who spoke after the television show won best comedy series, also received strong audience response. "And this award came just in the nick of time", she said, as reported by the New York Times. "The fact that we breathe and live a life. means we have a story and it deserves to be told", she said.