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Director Theodore Melfi, from left, Saniyya Sidney, Kimberly Quinn, Octavia Spencer Janelle Monáe and Taraji P. Henson of "Hidden Figures" celebrate the SAG Awards cast win. (Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times)

Reprinted from The Los Angeles Times by Glenn Whipp on January 29, 2017.

Anyone tuning in to the SAG Awards on Sunday thinking they might be escaping news headlines for a couple of hours was quickly disabused of that notion as winner after winner used the platform to speak out against President Trump’s immigration ban.

“This immigrant ban is a blemish and is un-American,” said Veep’s Julia Louis-Dreyfus, the evening’s first award recipient, getting the ball rolling.

Later, life achievement honoree Lily Tomlin noted: “The doomsday clock has been moved up to two and a half minutes to midnight — and this award came just in the nick of time.”

Politics blended into the awards themselves, including the night’s biggest winner, Hidden Figures, a historical drama about the largely unknown black women who helped NASA launch the space program. The film’s predominantly black cast won for ensemble, and its message of women of color overcoming prejudice was a perfect fit with the mood at the Shrine, where the SAG Awards were presented. …

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