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The Latest: SAGs open with comments, barbs directed at Trump

Associated Press logo Associated Press 1/30/2017
Ashton Kutcher presents the award for outstanding performance by a female actor in a comedy series at the 23rd annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at the Shrine Auditorium & Expo Hall on Sunday, Jan. 29, 2017, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP) © The Associated Press Ashton Kutcher presents the award for outstanding performance by a female actor in a comedy series at the 23rd annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at the Shrine Auditorium & Expo Hall on Sunday, Jan. 29, 2017, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Latest on Sunday's Screen Actors Guild Awards in Los Angeles, honoring the best film and television performances of 2016 (all times local):

5:30 p.m.

The Screen Actors Guild Awards have opened with several sharp political statements directed at President Donald Trump and his new immigration restrictions.

Ashton Kutcher opened Sunday's ceremony by welcoming everyone watching at home and then saying angrily, "... and everyone in airports that belong in my America." Kutcher's reference to immigration restrictions imposed by Trump that have excluded immigrants from seven nations and tied up others seeking entry into the country drew thunderous applause.

Loud cheers greeted statements denouncing the new immigration restrictions by comedy actress SAG winner Julia Louis-Dreyfus, and a celebration of diversity by Taylor Schilling, who spoke after her series "Orange is the New Black" won best comedy series.

Since Trump's election, some have criticized entertainers for vocally opposing him. "Scandal" actress Kerry Washington addressed that criticism during the ceremony's introduction. She told the audience, "Actors are activists no matter what."


5:20 p.m.

"Orange is the New Black " is the winner of the Screen Actors Guild Award for best television comedy.

It is the third year in a row that the Netflix series has won the award. The show tells the stories of inmates and guards at a women's prison, mixing scenes of their former lives with both humorous and tense moments during their incarceration.


5:10 p.m.

William H. Macy and Julia Louis-Dreyfus have won the television comedy actor Screen Actors Guild Awards.

Macy won for his role as an alcoholic father on Showtime's "Shameless." It is his second time he has won for the character.

It is the fourth SAG comedy actress win for Louis-Dreyfus and her second for her role on the HBO series "Veep," in which she plays a politician acutely concerned with her place in the American political system.

Louis-Dreyfus mixed comedy and seriousness in her acceptance speech, joking that whether the Russians interfered in the voting and led to her victory, she was the legitimate winner. She then turned serious, saying her father fled Nazi-occupied France and calling the immigration restrictions imposed by President Donald Trump a blemish on American history.

Dreyfus says, "I love this country. I am horrified by its blemishes. This immigrant ban is a blemish and it's un-American."

Macy also referenced the new president, saying he made his character on "Shameless" seem normal.


3:50 p.m.

It's getting hot on the Screen Actors Guild Awards red carpet with stars decked out in high fashion as the temperature nears 80 degrees in downtown Los Angeles.

"Fences" actor Jovan Adepo sported a blue velvet Armani jacket for Sunday's awards ceremony but says he isn't regretting his fashion choice. Adepo says with a smile, "You have to make sacrifices."

Among the early arrivals Sunday were the cast of "Orange is the New Black," which is nominated for best comedy television series. The show has won the honor two years in a row.

Viggo Mortensen, who is nominated for best actor along with the cast of "Captain Fantastic," says he and his cast mates are enjoying the attention that comes with the nominations. "Even if we don't win," Mortensen says, "we're going to act like we did."

The small indie film is competing against several Oscar best picture nominees, including "Moonlight" and "Manchester by the Sea."

Mortensen says, "If we win, they're going to have to shut the show down."

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3:15 p.m.

The stunt performers of "Hacksaw Ridge" and the television series "Game of Thrones" are the winners of the first Screen Actors Guild Awards handed out Sunday.

The awards were announced during the red carpet show preceding Sunday's celebration of the best acting in film and television.

"Hacksaw Ridge" tells the story of a pacifist World War II medic whose heroics during fighting on Okinawa earned him the Medal of Honor. HBO's "Game of Thrones" is an epic fantasy series based on the hit books by George R.R. Martin.


2 p.m.

"La La Land" may have tied an Oscar record with 14 nominations, set a Golden Globes record with seven wins and won the top prize at Saturday's Producers Guild Awards, but it won't be competing for the top Screen Actors Guild award.

Sunday night's SAG Awards often serve as an Academy Awards warm-up. That will be true in the individual acting categories where awards-season favorites like Viola Davis, Casey Affleck and Emma Stone hope to cement their front-runner status.

But this year's biggest front-runner, "La La Land," isn't nominated for the Screen Actors' ensemble award. Nominated instead are the casts for "Moonlight," ''Manchester by the Sea," ''Hidden Figures" and "Captain Fantastic."

The 23rd annual SAG Awards will air live from 8-10 p.m. EST on TNT and TBS from Los Angeles.

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