If you didn’t know, the Screen Actors Guild (or SAG) Awards were last night. While we don’t normally hear too much about the SAG Awards, as they are often overshadowed by the Golden Globes, the Emmys, and the Oscars, we think this year might be a tad different. After the Stranger Things cast won the award for Outstanding Performance in an Ensemble in a Drama Series, David Harbour (AKA Chief Jim Hopper) gave a speech that is GIVING US CHILLS. CHILLS, we say.
“In light of all that’s going on in the world today, it’s difficult to celebrate the already celebrated Stranger Things, but this award from you, who take your craft seriously and earnestly believe like me that great acting can change the world, is a call to arms from our fellow craftsmen and women to go deeper…”
Winona is like, wait, didn’t realize this speech was going to go in this direction.
“…and, through our art, to battle against fear, self-centeredness, and exclusivity of our predominantly narcissistic culture, and through our craft to cultivate a more empathetic and understanding society by revealing intimate truths that serve as a forceful reminder to folks that when they feel broken and afraid and tired…”
Side note: all of the stars in the audience are freaking out.
“…they are not alone. 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.”
“Now, 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 home. We will get past the lies. We will hunt monsters.”
At this point, Harbour is literally shaking with passion. We can’t take it.
“And when we are at a loss amidst the hypocrisy and the casual violence of certain individuals and institutions we will, as per Chief Jim Hopper, punch some people in the face when they seek to destroy the weak, and the disenfranchised, and the marginalized, and we will do it all with soul, with heart, and with joy. We thank you for this responsibility.”
OMG. While we don’t really support punching people in the face, this is us RN and for the rest of the day today:
You can catch the whole clip below:
We’re still crying. Stranger Things <3.