The Screen Actors Guild Awards were noted for their political commentary Sunday, January 29. They were also notable for celebrating and honoring science fiction and fantasy shows.

David Harbour as Chief Jim Hopper in Stranger Things [Photo by Curtis Baker/Netflix]

Stranger Things, the Netflix SF show, had three nominations and won one. Game of Thrones, the HBO fantasy show based off George R. R. Martin’s bestselling series of novels, also garnered three nominations and one win. Hidden Figures, the science docu-drama celebrating the triumph of intelligence over intolerance, had two nominations and won one. Westworld, the HBO series based on the 1973 movie, was nominated in three categories, but didn’t win anything. Captain America: Civil War, Doctor Strange, Luke Cage, and Daredevil each received one nomination, but did not win awards. The Big Bang Theory, which is not technically an SF series, but is about SF fans, had one nomination. Lily Tomlin, who provided the voice of Miss Frizzle in The Magic Schoolbus and is currently starring in Grace and Frankie, won a Life Achievement Award. Mrs. Tomlin also starred in The Incredible Shrinking Woman.

Stranger Things

  • Won: Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series
  • Nominated: Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series – Millie Bobby Brown
  • Nominated: Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series – Winona Ryder

Conleth Hill as Lord Varys and Peter Dinklage as Tyrion Lannister in Game of Thrones [Photo via HBO]

Game of Thrones

  • Won: Outstanding Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Television Series
  • Nominated: Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series – Peter Dinklage
  • Nominated: Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series

Hidden Figures

  • Won: Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
  • Nominated: Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role – Octavia Spencer

Westworld

  • Nominated: Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series – Thandie Newton
  • Nominated: Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series
  • Nominated: Outstanding Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Drama Series

Taraji P. Henson as Mary Goble and Kevin Costner as Al Harrison in Hidden Figures [Photo by Hopper Stone/20th Century Fox]

Captain America: Civil War

  • Nominated: Outstanding Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Motion Picture

Doctor Strange

  • Nominated: Outstanding Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Motion Picture

Luke Cage

  • Nominated: Outstanding Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Motion Picture

Daredevil

  • Nominated: Outstanding Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Motion Picture

Big Bang Theory

  • Nominated: Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series

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David Harbour, who plays Police Chief Jim Hopper in Stranger Things, gave a speech that brought the crowd to their feet as he called on actors and other artists to change the world. (You’ll probably want to pause the Krypton Radio music stream while you watch it.)

“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. 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 meek and the disenfranchised. And we will do it all with soul, with heat, and with joy.”

The Screen Actors Guild?American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (SAG-AFTRA) give the SAG Award to recognize outstanding performances in film and primetime television. It’s the equivalent of the Nebula for actors. Members of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers (SFWA) vote on and bestow the Nebula Awards. For the SAG Awards, two committees, one for television and one for movies, are randomly selected from SAG-AFTRA union members. These committees nominate the best actors. The entire SAG-AFTRA then votes on the nominees.

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