The 2016 Screen Actors Guild Awards had their fair share of humor, but they were also fiercely empowering. Carol Burnett spoke about fighting to headline a variety show as a woman, the cast of Orange Is the New Black showed the world what diversity means, and Spotlight took home the award for best performance by a cast in a motion picture.
The film portrays the true story of how the The Boston Globe uncovered a child molestation scandal in the Catholic Church, and its cast was honored to have given a voice to the powerless victims. “This movie allows them to be seen in the world, in a world that has been blind to them and so it is such an honor to be standing in front of you on behalf of them,” star Mark Ruffalo said.
“This is for the disenfranchised everywhere,” said his co-star Michael Keaton. “This is for every Flint, Michigan, in the world. This is for the powerless.”
As the SAG Award winners are chosen by their fellow actors, this win was a heartwarming reminder that Hollywood uses its platform not only to entertain, but to bring about change.