We’re halfway through award season, and the last show to roll through January was the 2017 SAG Awards, which took place in LA on Sunday. In addition to the stunning red carpet looks, enticing eye candy, and powerful, political acceptance speeches, there were also a handful of fun, candid moments going down. From celebrity BFF and cast reunions to sweet PDA between high-profile couples, we’ve rounded up over 70 of the cutest photos from the night.
For the second weekend in a row (and the second weekend of Donald Trump’s administration), Democrats, liberals, centrists, and moderate Republicans entered Friday with feelings of dread and helplessness, but many managed over the course of the weekend to wrestle control back away from chaos. Again, hundreds of thousands of people marched and rallied this weekend in protests across the nation, showing our resistance to the Muslim ban hastily thrown together by Donald Trump with little consultation with experts in other agencies and little regard for the good people it affected.
The reaction to it was swift — and honestly, the worst thing Trump could have done from an optics perspective was to apply it to anyone en route, which created detainees in airports across the country. Elderly detainees, children who were detainees, detainees who helped the U.S. military, detainees with wonderful American stories. Donald Trump tried to keep out the best of the world, and the best of our country resisted those efforts. Again, it felt unifying, and again, it felt like a huge blow to Donald Trump’s ego, which is where we can hit him the hardest right now. Crowds in Copley Square, marching down Pennsylvania Avenue, at LAX, in JFK, in Atlanta, in Denver, and in other airports across this country erupted, sometimes spontaneously, as one did here in Portland’s tiny airport, where 3600 crammed into a luggage terminal. There were even sizable crowds in Boise and Nashville.
Attempts to get POTUS to work on policy failed. Retreats to residence, skulking over McCain/Lindsey announcement and public protests.
— Rogue POTUS Staff (@RoguePOTUSStaff) January 29, 2017
In a practical sense, however, the resistance — led by the saints at the ACLU and other pro bono attorneys around the country — managed to spring (most) of the detainees (there are still troubling accounts of what happened to detainees at Dulles). The blowback from the public also forced the White House to limit the order so that it would not apply to green card holders and other lawful permanent residents.
Unfortunately, the ban is still in effect, although it will be faced with a number of court challenges, and the legal system is likely to overturn it in full, which is something that even Senate Majority leader Mitch McConnell concedes. Republicans were slow to come around, but by late Sunday, a number of Congressional Republicans had either come out against it, or expressed reservations (by last count, that number was 39 GOP opposed or expressed reservation). Meanwhile, Democrats are at least drafting bills to try and overturn the executive order (these bills will not be passed), while some courts had gone as far as to recall some of the people who had been deported on Friday night.
It was a public relations nightmare for Trump, whose disapproval ratings continue to rise in historic ways.
Days until achieving MAJORITY disapproval from @Gallup
Bush I: 1336
Bush II: 1205
Trump: 8. days. pic.twitter.com/kv2fy0Qsbp
— Will Jordan (@williamjordann) January 29, 2017
It was also a huge win for the ACLU, which raised — at last count — $ 24 million from over 300,000 donations. In one weekend! The ACLU generally raises $ 3-$ 4 million in an entire year. For now at least, lawyers are heroes again.
What else did it accomplish? It put a fire underneath the asses of Democratic Congressional leaders, many of whom showed up at airports themselves (God bless John Lewis, again). Corey Booker, Elizabeth Warren, and Chuck Schumer showed up, and we better fucking see this resistance extend to the cabinet confirmations this week, or Democrats will face the wrath of the people, too. Obstruct, delay, raise hell. That’s what the people want, and Trump’s disapproval ratings give Democrats leverage to do so.
There were a lot of symbolic victories, as well. In the UK, 1,400,000 signatures have been put on a petition to Parliament to disinvite Donald Trump from an upcoming visit, putting pressure on Theresa May. Parliament has to consider a petition after only 100,000 signatures. Adding to Trump’s international embarrassment, he had to have Angela Merkel explain to him the Geneva Conventions.
Merkel's office says she explained the Geneva Convention over the phone to Trump on Saturday
— Kevin Liptak (@Kevinliptakcnn) January 29, 2017
Meanwhile, even Captain America spoke out:
I'm proud of any republican willing to speak up. This is beyond partisan politics. It's not left vs right. It's right vs wrong. https://t.co/GHy5vQ5w1I
— Chris Evans (@ChrisEvans) January 29, 2017
Tech companies and other businesses spoke out against the ban in huge ways. Starbucks committed to hiring 10,000 refugees in the next 5 years. Nike spoke out. Zuckerberg spoke out. Netflix spoke out. Lyft donated $ 1 million to the ACLU after Uber scabbed on Friday night in New York, and thousands deleted their Uber accounts (and thousands more, like myself, were relieved to find that Lyft was available in our small cities. Thank God!).
A guy told Kal Penn he doesn’t belong in this country, and Kal Penn has raised $ 510,000 for the International Rescue Committee, so far, in opposition to an Internet troll.
Meanwhile, pictures like this — IN MISSOURI — give us hope, especially after a Texas mosque was burned down on Friday night. (Americans have already raised over $ 800,000 to rebuild that mosque).
— Matt Pearce (@mattdpearce) January 30, 2017
Meanwhile, the two biggest Jewish GOP groups have spoken out against the ban. Hell, even the synagogue where Donald Trump’s child attends preschool has spoken out against the unAmerican ban.
The pressure is getting to those inside the White House. Reince Preibus was a disaster during his Meet the Press interview, and even Kellyanne Conway had a minor meltdown yesterday on Fox News, of all places (jump to the last three minutes):
Even Trump’s tweets yesterday were weak, ineffective, and largely ignored.
This, I thought, was a heartening reminder to those who continue to support Trump’s policies that history will look down on them.
— Anne Helen Petersen (@annehelen) January 29, 2017
Finally, by the end of the weekend, as the SAG Awards began to air, for many of us, the oppressive dread of Friday night had lifted some, and there was a sense that we could continue to battle. We were finally able to smile again. This, for instance, was hilarious:
— Elle Cayabyab Gitlin (@evoque) January 29, 2017
We’re a good fucking country, and once again, hundreds of thousands of people have demonstrated that we are not defined by one short-fingered vulgarian.
— SAG Awards® (@SAGawards) January 30, 2017
Sarah Paulson was her usual adorable self when she accepted the award for outstanding performance by a female actor in a miniseries at the SAG Awards on Sunday night. Not only did she thank the cast of The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story during her speech, but she also gave a special shout-out to Marcia Clark, whom she portrayed on the show. Of course, the cutest part had to be when her costar Courtney B. Vance cheered her on from his seat by giving her a standing ovation.
It’s been almost 20 years since Princess Diana’s tragic death, but Prince Harry and Prince William are keeping her memory alive. The young royals are commissioning a statue of their mother in the public gardens of Kensington Palace (Diana’s former home) to mark the 20th anniversary of her death in August. «It has been 20 years since our mother’s death and the time is right to recognise her positive impact in the UK and around the world with a permanent statue. Our mother touched so many lives. We hope the statue will help all those who visit Kensington Palace to reflect on her life and her legacy,» Harry and William said in a joint statement.
At the request of The Duke of Cambridge & Prince Harry a statue of Diana, Princess of Wales is to be erected at Kensington Palace. pic.twitter.com/zc4XvqlaSY
— Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) January 28, 2017
Diana, who was well-known for her charity work around the world, was killed in a car accident in Paris in August 1997. She was only 36 years old when she died, while William was 15 and Harry was 12. Since her death, William and Harry have continued their mother’s charity work. In addition to opening up about how «angry» they were after her death, Harry has also stated that he hopes his mother is proud of the work they’re doing.
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Felicity Huffman and William H. Macy always seem to have fun no matter where they go, but there is something about red carpets that really brings out their sweet sides. The couple, who tied the knot in 1997, attended the SAG Awards in LA on Sunday night and looked as adorable as ever. In addition to looking stunning, the two also cracked each other up with laughter, showed adorable PDA, and did the classic prom king and queen pose. Keep reading to see more of their amazing night.
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