Politics dominate SAG awards

As Hollywood's actors honoured their peers on Sunday at the Screen Actors Guild awards, the evening was overshadowed by politics as stars slammed US President Donald Trump for restricting entry for travellers from seven Muslim-majority nations.

Julia Louis-Dreyfus, who won best comedy TV actress for playing flawed fictional US President Selina Meyer on HBO's political satire "Veep," used her acceptance speech to call Trump's ban on Muslim travellers a "blemish."

"Because I love this country, I am horrified by its blemishes, and this immigrant ban is a blemish," she said. "It is un-American."

Mahershala Ali, who won best supporting actor for his role in independent drama "Moonlight," highlighted in his speech that he is the Muslim son of a mother who is a Christian minister.

"She didn't do backflips when I called her to tell her I converted 17 years ago, but I tell you now, we put things to the side," he said as the audience cheered him on.

"I'm able to see her. She's able to see me. We love each other. The love has grown. The rest is minutiae."

Actors snag wins at Screen Actors Guild Awards

  • (L-R) Abigail Savage, Hunter Emery and Jolene Purdy from "Orange is the New Black" pose at the 23rd Annual SAG AWARDS at the Shrine in Los Angeles, California, January 29, 2017.
  • (L-R) Matt Peters, Blaire Brown, Michael Harney and Lin Tucci from "Orange is the New Black" pose at the 23rd Annual SAG AWARDS at the Shrine in Los Angeles, California, January 29, 2017.
  • (L-R) Diane Guerrero, Nick Sandow, Lori Petty and Jackie Cruz from "Orange is the New Black" pose at the 23rd Annual SAG AWARDS at the Shrine in Los Angeles, California, January 29, 2017.
  • Actress Cara Buono poses at the 23rd Annual SAG AWARDS at the Shrine in Los Angeles, California, January 29, 2017.
  • Actress Emma Stone poses at the 23rd Annual SAG AWARDS at the Shrine in Los Angeles, California, January 29, 2017.
  • Actor Bryan Cranston poses at the 23rd Annual SAG AWARDS at the Shrine in Los Angeles, California, January 29, 2017.
  • Actress Sarah Paulson poses at the 23rd Annual SAG AWARDS at the Shrine in Los Angeles, California, January 29, 2017.
  • Actor William H Macy poses at the 23rd Annual SAG AWARDS at the Shrine in Los Angeles, California, January 29, 2017.
  • Actress Dale Soules from "Orange is the New Black" poses at the 23rd Annual SAG AWARDS at the Shrine in Los Angeles, California, January 29, 2017.
  • (L-R) Actresses Annie Golden, Samira Willey and Julie Lake from "Orange is the New Black" pose at the 23rd Annual SAG AWARDS at the Shrine in Los Angeles, California, January 29, 2017.
  • Actress Danielle Brooks from "Orange is the New Black" poses at the 23rd Annual SAG AWARDS at the Shrine in Los Angeles, California, January 29, 2017.
  • (L-R) Jessica Pimentel, Lea DeLaria and Beth Dover from "Orange is the New Black" pose at the 23rd Annual SAG AWARDS at the Shrine in Los Angeles, California, January 29, 2017.
  • (L-R) Elizabeth Rodriguez, Yael Stone, Joel Marsh Garland, Dascha Polanco and Selenis Leyva from "Orange is the New Black" pose at the 23rd Annual SAG AWARDS at the Shrine in Los Angeles, California, January 29, 2017.
  • (L-R) Alan Aisennberg, Kimiko Glen, Emma Myles and Emily Althaus from "Orange is the New Black" pose at the 23rd Annual SAG AWARDS at the Shrine in Los Angeles, California, January 29, 2017.
  • (L-R) Actors Finn Wolfhard, Gaten Matarazzo, Millie Bobby Brown, Noah Schnapp, and Caleb McLaughlin co-recipients of the Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series award for 'Stranger Things,' pose in the press room during the 23rd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at The Shrine Expo Hall on January 29, 2017 in Los Angeles, California.
  • Actor John Lithgow (L), winner of the Outstanding Male Actor in a Drama Series for 'The Crown,' and actor Claire Foy, winner of the Outstanding Female Actor in a Drama Series award for 'The Crown,'pose in the press room during the 23rd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at The Shrine Expo Hall on January 29, 2017 in Los Angeles, California.
  • Actor Taraji P. Henson co-recipient of the Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture award for 'Hidden Figures,' poses in the press room during the 23rd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at The Shrine Expo Hall on January 29, 2017 in Los Angeles, California.
  • (L-R) Actors Octavia Spencer, Taraji P. Henson and Janelle Monae co-recipients of the Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture award for 'Hidden Figures,' poses in the press room during the 23rd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at The Shrine Expo Hall on January 29, 2017 in Los Angeles, California.
  • Actor David Harbour, co-recipient of the Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series award for 'Stranger Things,' poses in the press room during the 23rd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at The Shrine Expo Hall on January 29, 2017 in Los Angeles, California.
  • Actor Jim Parsons, co-recipient of the Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture award for 'Hidden Figures,' poses in the press room during the 23rd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at The Shrine Expo Hall on January 29, 2017 in Los Angeles, California.
  • Actor Winona Ryder, co-recipient of the Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series award for 'Stranger Things,' poses in the press room during the 23rd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at The Shrine Expo Hall on January 29, 2017 in Los Angeles, California.
  • Actor Matthew Modine, co-recipient of the Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series award for 'Stranger Things,' poses in the press room during the 23rd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at The Shrine Expo Hall on January 29, 2017 in Los Angeles, California.
  • Actor Denzel Washington, winner of the Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role award for 'Fences,' poses in the press room during the 23rd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at The Shrine Expo Hall on January 29, 2017 in Los Angeles, California.
  • Actor Viola Davis, winner of the Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role award for 'Fences,' poses in the press room during the 23rd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at The Shrine Expo Hall on January 29, 2017 in Los Angeles, California.
  • Actor Mahershala Ali, winner of the Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role award for 'Moonlight,' poses in the press room during the 23rd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at The Shrine Expo Hall on January 29, 2017 in Los Angeles, California.
  • Actor Claire Foy winner of the Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series for 'The Crown' poses in the press room during the 23rd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at The Shrine Expo Hall on January 29, 2017 in Los Angeles, California.
  • (L-R) Actors Taryn Manning, Jessica Pimentel and Uzo Aduba, winners of the Outstanding Ensemble in a Comedy Series award of 'Orange Is the New Black',' pose in the press room during the 23rd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at The Shrine Expo Hall on January 29, 2017 in Los Angeles, California.
  • Actress Uzo Aduba, winner of the Outstanding Ensemble in a Comedy Series award for 'Orange Is the New Black,' poses in the press room during the 23rd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at The Shrine Expo Hall on January 29, 2017 in Los Angeles, California.
  • Actress Lori Petty, winner of the Outstanding Ensemble in a Comedy Series award for 'Orange Is the New Black,' poses in the press room during the 23rd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at The Shrine Expo Hall on January 29, 2017 in Los Angeles, California.
  • Actress Taylor Schilling, winner of the Outstanding Ensemble in a Comedy Series award for 'Orange Is the New Black,' poses in the press room during the 23rd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at The Shrine Expo Hall on January 29, 2017 in Los Angeles, California.
  • Actress Taryn Manning, winner of the Outstanding Ensemble in a Comedy Series award for 'Orange Is the New Black,' poses in the press room during the 23rd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at The Shrine Expo Hall on January 29, 2017 in Los Angeles, California.
  • Actress Kirsten Dunst poses backstage with her award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture for "Hidden Figures" during the 23rd Screen Actors Guild Awards in Los Angeles, California, U.S., January 29, 2017.
  • The cast of "Stranger Things" poses with the awards they won for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series backstage at the 23rd Screen Actors Guild Awards in Los Angeles, California, U.S., January 29, 2017.
  • Actor Matthew Modine (L) and Ruby Modine arrive at the 23rd Screen Actors Guild Awards in Los Angeles, California, U.S., January 29, 2017.
  • Actor John Turturro arrives at the 23rd Screen Actors Guild Awards in Los Angeles, California, U.S., January 29, 2017.
  • Director Damien Chazelle and guest arrive at the 23rd Screen Actors Guild Awards in Los Angeles, California, U.S., January 29, 2017.
  • Actors Rebecca Romijn and Jerry O'Connell arrive at the 23rd Screen Actors Guild Awards in Los Angeles, California, U.S., January 29, 2017.
  • Actor Ty Burrell and Holly Anne Brown arrive at the 23rd Screen Actors Guild Awards in Los Angeles, California, U.S., January 29, 2017.
  • Actress Natalie Portman and husband Benjamin Millepied arrive at the 23rd Screen Actors Guild Awards in Los Angeles, California, U.S., January 29, 2017.
  • Actor Rami Malek arrives at the 23rd Screen Actors Guild Awards in Los Angeles, California, U.S., January 29, 2017.
  • Actress Amy Adams arrives at the 23rd Screen Actors Guild Awards in Los Angeles, California, U.S., January 29, 2017.
  • Actor Common arrives at the 23rd Screen Actors Guild Awards in Los Angeles, California, U.S., January 29, 2017.
  • Actor Hugh Grant and Anna Elisabet Eberstein arrive at the 23rd Screen Actors Guild Awards in Los Angeles, California, U.S., January 29, 2017.
  • Actress Salma Hayek arrives at the 23rd Screen Actors Guild Awards in Los Angeles, California, U.S., January 29, 2017.
  • Actor Anthony Anderson and wife Alvina Renee Stewart arrive at the 23rd Screen Actors Guild Awards in Los Angeles, California, U.S., January 29, 2017.
  • Actress Brie Larson arrives at the 23rd Screen Actors Guild Awards in Los Angeles, California, U.S., January 29, 2017.
  • Actress Bryce Dallas Howard arrives at the 23rd Screen Actors Guild Awards in Los Angeles, California, U.S., January 29, 2017.
  • Actresses Michelle Williams (L) and Busey Phillips arrive at the 23rd Screen Actors Guild Awards in Los Angeles, California, U.S., January 29, 2017.
  • Actresses Michelle Williams (L) and Busy Philipps arrive together at the 23rd Screen Actors Guild Awards in Los Angeles, California, U.S., January 29, 2017.
  • Actor Laurence Fishburne arrives at the 23rd Screen Actors Guild Awards in Los Angeles, California, U.S., January 29, 2017.
  • Actor Simon Helberg and his wife actress Simon Helberg make a political statement about the current U.S. restriction on refugees as they arrive at the 23rd Screen Actors Guild Awards in Los Angeles, California, U.S., January 29, 2017.
  • Actress Missi Pyle arrives at the 23rd Screen Actors Guild Awards in Los Angeles, California, U.S., January 29, 2017.
  • Actress Melissa Rauch arrives at the 23rd Screen Actors Guild Awards in Los Angeles, California, U.S., January 29, 2017.
  • Actress Kaley Cuoco arrives at the 23rd Screen Actors Guild Awards in Los Angeles, California, U.S., January 29, 2017.
  • Actor Johnny Galecki arrives at the 23rd Screen Actors Guild Awards in Los Angeles, California, U.S., January 29, 2017.
  • Actress Kate Hudson arrives at the 23rd Screen Actors Guild Awards in Los Angeles, California, U.S., January 29, 2017.
  • Actress Yara Shahidi arrives at the 23rd Screen Actors Guild Awards in Los Angeles, California, U.S., January 29, 2017.
  • Actress Mayim Bialik arrives at the 23rd Screen Actors Guild Awards in Los Angeles, California, U.S., January 29, 2017.
  • Actress Kerry Washington arrives at the 23rd Screen Actors Guild Awards in Los Angeles, California, U.S., January 29, 2017.
  • Actress Julie Bowen arrives at the 23rd Screen Actors Guild Awards in Los Angeles, California, U.S., January 29, 2017.
  • Actress Thandie Newton arrives at the 23rd Screen Actors Guild Awards in Los Angeles, California, U.S., January 29, 2017.
  • Actor Dev Patel arrives at the 23rd Screen Actors Guild Awards in Los Angeles, California, U.S., January 29, 2017.
  • Actor Ryan Gosling (L) greets John Legend and Chrissy Tiegen as they arrive at the 23rd Screen Actors Guild Awards in Los Angeles, California, U.S., January 29, 2017.
  • Champagne Tattinger Global Spokesperson and Artistic Director Vitalie Taittinger and actor Glen Powell attend the 23rd Annual Screen Actor Guild Awards at The Shrine Expo Hall on January 29, 2017 in Los Angeles, California.
  • Artist John Legend (R) and Chrissy Teigen attends the 23rd Annual Screen Actor Guild Awards at The Shrine Expo Hall on January 29, 2017 in Los Angeles, California.
  • Executive Producer Kathy Connell, Champagne Tattinger Global Spokesperson and Artistic Director Vitalie Taittinger and actor Glen Powell attend the 23rd Annual Screen Actor Guild Awards at the Shrine Exposition Center on January 29, 2017, in Los Angeles, California.
  • Actress Natalie Portman attends the 23rd Annual Screen Actor Guild Awards at the Shrine Exposition Center on January 29, 2017, in Los Angeles, California.
  • Actress Taraji P Henson attends the 23rd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at the Shrine Exposition Center on January 29, 2017, in Los Angeles, California.
  • Actress Nicole Kidman and her husband musician Keith Urban attend the 23rd Annual Screen Actor Guild Awards at the Shrine Exposition Center on January 29, 2017, in Los Angeles, California.
  • Actor Meryl Streep and Ryan Gosling attend the 23rd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at the Shrine Exposition Center on January 29, 2017, in Los Angeles, California.
  • Actor James Marsden (L) and a guest attend the 23rd Screen Actors Guild Awards in Los Angeles, California, U.S., January 29, 2017.
  • SAG-AFTRA president Gabrielle Carteris arrives for the 23rd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at the Shrine Exposition Center on January 29, 2017, in Los Angeles, California.
  • Actress Julia Louis-Dreyfus accepts Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series for 'Veep' onstage during the 23rd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards show at The Shrine Auditorium on January 29, 2017 in Los Angeles, California.
  • Actress Viola Davis accepts the award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role for 'Fences' during the 23rd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards show at The Shrine Auditorium on January 29, 2017 in Los Angeles, California.
  • Actor Bryan Cranston walks onstage to accept the award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Miniseries or Television Movie for 'All the Way' during the 23rd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards show at The Shrine Auditorium on January 29, 2017 in Los Angeles, California.
  • Actor Lily Tomlin accepts the 2016 SAG Life Achievement Award onstage during the 23rd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards show at The Shrine Auditorium on January 29, 2017 in Los Angeles, California.
  • Actor Lily Tomlin (R) accepts the 2016 SAG Life Achievement Award from actor/singer Dolly Parton onstage during the 23rd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards show at The Shrine Auditorium on January 29, 2017 in Los Angeles, California.
  • Actor John Lithgow (L) and Claire Foy pose for photos during the 23rd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards show at The Shrine Auditorium on January 29, 2017 in Los Angeles, California.
  • Rico Rodriguez (R) and Raini Rodriguez watch the show during the 23rd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards show at The Shrine Auditorium on January 29, 2017 in Los Angeles, California.
  • Actors Steven Yeun and Alia Shawkat speak onstage during the 23rd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards show at The Shrine Auditorium on January 29, 2017 in Los Angeles, California.
  • Singer/actor Dolly Parton speaks onstage during the 23rd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards show at The Shrine Auditorium on January 29, 2017 in Los Angeles, California.
  • Actress Sofia Vergara (R) and Joe Manganiello share a moment during the 23rd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards show at The Shrine Auditorium on January 29, 2017 in Los Angeles, California.
  • Actor Sarah Paulson accepts Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Miniseries or Television Movie for 'The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story'onstage during the 23rd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards show at The Shrine Auditorium on January 29, 2017 in Los Angeles, California.
  • Actor John Lithgow accepts the award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series for 'The Crown' during the 23rd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards show at The Shrine Auditorium on January 29, 2017 in Los Angeles, California.
  • Actress Salma Hayek speaks onstage during the 23rd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards show at The Shrine Auditorium on January 29, 2017 in Los Angeles, California.
  • Actors Lucas Hedges (L) and Casey Affleck speak onstage during the 23rd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards show at The Shrine Auditorium on January 29, 2017 in Los Angeles, California.
  • Actor/musician Common (L) and actor Sophia Bush speak onstage during the 23rd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards show at The Shrine Auditorium on January 29, 2017 in Los Angeles, California.
  • Actress Salma Hayek speaks onstage during the 23rd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards show at The Shrine Auditorium on January 29, 2017 in Los Angeles, California.
  • Singer/actor Dolly Parton speaks onstage during the 23rd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards show at The Shrine Auditorium on January 29, 2017 in Los Angeles, California.
  • Actress Viola Davis (L) and Denzel Washington speak on stage during the 23rd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards show at The Shrine Auditorium on January 29, 2017 in Los Angeles, California.
  • Actress Michelle Dockery (L) and Actor James Marsden speak onstage during the 23rd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards show at The Shrine Auditorium on January 29, 2017 in Los Angeles, California.
  • Actor Mahershala Ali walks accepts the award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role for 'Moonlight' during the 23rd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards show at The Shrine Auditorium on January 29, 2017 in Los Angeles, California.
  • Presenters Naomie Harris and Mahershala Ali appear onstage during the 23rd Screen Actors Guild Awards in Los Angeles, California, U.S., January 29, 2017.
  • Actress kate Hudson speaks during the 23rd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards show at The Shrine Auditorium on January 29, 2017 in Los Angeles, California.
  • Actor Viggo Mortensen (L) and Actress Kathryn Hahn speak onstage during the 23rd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards show at The Shrine Auditorium on January 29, 2017 in Los Angeles, California.
  • John Krasinski speaks during the 23rd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards show at The Shrine Auditorium on January 29, 2017 in Los Angeles, California.
  • Actress Taylor Schilling (C) and the cast of 'Orange Is the New Black' accept the award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series onstage during the 23rd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards show at The Shrine Auditorium on January 29, 2017 in Los Angeles, California.
  • Actress Taylor Schilling (C) and the cast of 'Orange Is the New Black' accept the award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series onstage during the 23rd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards show at The Shrine Auditorium on January 29, 2017 in Los Angeles, California.
  • Actress Taylor Schilling (C) and the cast of 'Orange Is the New Black' accept the award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series onstage during the 23rd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards show at The Shrine Auditorium on January 29, 2017 in Los Angeles, California.
  • (L-R) Actors Millie Bobby Brown, Gaten Matarazzo, Caleb McLaughlin, and Finn Wolfhard speak onstage during the 23rd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards show at The Shrine Auditorium on January 29, 2017 in Los Angeles, California.
  • (L-R) Actors Janelle Monae, Octavia Spencer and Taraji P. Henson speak onstage during the 23rd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards show at The Shrine Auditorium on January 29, 2017 in Los Angeles, California.
  • Actor Gina Rodriguez and actor/singer John Legend speak onstage during the 23rd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards show at The Shrine Auditorium on January 29, 2017 in Los Angeles, California.
  • Actor Ashton Kutcher gives the award to actress Julia Louis-Dreyfus for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series for 'Veep' onstage during the 23rd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards show at The Shrine Auditorium on January 29, 2017 in Los Angeles, California.
  • Alex Greenwald and Brie Larson attend the 23rd Screen Actors Guild Awards in Los Angeles, California, U.S., January 29, 2017.
  • Actors Samantha Isler (L) and Nicholas Hamilton pose at the 23rd Screen Actors Guild Awards in Los Angeles, California, U.S., January 29, 2017.
  • Actresses Anna Chlumsky (L) and Sophie Bush mingle at the 23rd Screen Actors Guild Awards in Los Angeles, California, U.S., January 29, 2017.
  • Presenter Jonah Hill appears onstage during the 23rd Screen Actors Guild Awards in Los Angeles, California, U.S., January 29, 2017.
  • Actors Gwendoline Christie (L), Sophie Turner and Liam Cunningham pose at the 23rd Screen Actors Guild Awards in Los Angeles, California, U.S., January 29, 2017.
  • Actors Meryl Streep, Jocelyn Towne and Simon Helberg (L to R) pose at the 23rd Screen Actors Guild Awards in Los Angeles, California, U.S., January 29, 2017.
  • Actresses Shannon Woodward, Evan Rachel Wood and Angela Sarafyan (L to R) pose at the 23rd Screen Actors Guild Awards in Los Angeles, California, U.S., January 29, 2017.
  • Actors Nicholas Hamilton and Trin Miller attend the 23rd Screen Actors Guild Awards in Los Angeles, California, U.S., January 29, 2017.

Viola Davis won best supporting actress for her role in the African-American family drama film "Fences," and she used her speech to thank the late August Wilson, whose play the film is adapted from.

"What August did that was so beautiful is that he honoured the average man, who happened to be a man of colour," she said.

Other early wins included Sarah Paulson for best actress in a limited TV series for "The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story," who urged people to donate to the American Civil Liberties Union, and Netflix's "Orange is the New Black" for best comedy TV ensemble.

"It's going to be up to us and all of you to keep telling stories that show what unites us is stronger than the forces that seek to divide us," "Orange" actress Taylor Schilling said.

Voted for by about 120,000 US actors, the two-hour televised SAG awards show often anoints top Academy Award winners as actors comprise the largest body within Oscar voters.

With awards darling "La La Land" out of the running for the top prize SAG prize for best ensemble, "Moonlight," "Fences,"grief drama "Manchester by the Sea," female empowerment tale"Hidden Figures" and unorthodox family dramedy "Captain Fantastic" will vie for the accolade.