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GINA RODRIGUEZ WAS ALL OF US ON THE RED CARPET
As far as any of us are concerned, this is the only appropriate way to react to seeing Meryl Streep in person. (Actually, this seems like a pretty calm reaction, now that we think about it.)
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MILLIE BOBBY BROWN PHOTOBOMBED HER COSTARS
Because the only thing that could make an interview with the cast of Stranger Things better is to have Millie Bobby Brown crash the interview, and send the cool factor through the roof.
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VIOLA DAVIS REVEALED HER PRE-AWARDS SHOW PREPARATION
Prosecco and a soak in her hot tub — you know, just in case you were worried she wasn't living her absolute best life.
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KERRY WASHINGTON KICKED THE NIGHT OFF WITH A POWERFUL STATEMENT
Washington set the tone for the evening when, during the show's opening moments, she talked about the importance of speaking out against discrimination and hate. "A lot of people are saying right now that actors should keep our mouths shut when it comes to politics," she said. "But the truth is, no matter what, actors are activists because we embody the humanity and worth of all people."
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THE CAST OF CAPTAIN FANTASTIC WAS, WELL, FANTASTIC
From goofy (and slightly inappropriate) red carpet pictures to their strong determination to "stick it to the man!" the large, excited cast of Captain Fantastic — led, of course, by Viggo Mortensen — definitely lived up to their film's title.
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VIOLA DAVIS' MAGNIFICENT, MOVING SPEECH
All hail the queen! Though she revealed on the red carpet that she hadn't written a speech, she still managed to deliver one of the night's most moving, heart-wrenching moments of the night with her speech, which celebrated both playwright August Wilson and her own father. "What August did was honor the honest man, who happened to be a man of color. And sometimes we don't see him in the history books. The fact that he lived and breathed, that means we have a story to be told. We deserve to be in the canon, in the center of any narrative that's written out there."
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MAHERSHALA ALI GETS PERSONAL WITH HIS SPEECH
In a touching, emotional speech, Ali spoke about the meaning behind his film, Moonlight, and the message of love and acceptance that it promotes. "You know, when we kind of get caught up in the minutiae, the details that make us different, I think there are two ways of seeing that," he said. "There's an opportunity to see the texture of that person, the characteristics that make them unique ... My mother is an ordained minister, I'm a Muslim. She didn't do backflips when I called her to tell her I converted 17 years ago. But I tell you now, you put things to the side. And I'm able to see her, and she's able to see me. We love each other and the love has grown. And that stuff is minutiae. It's not that important."
"I think what I've learned from working on Moonlight is we see what happens when you persecute people," he said. "They fold into themselves. I was so grateful about having the opportunity to play a gentleman who saw a young man folding into himself as a result of the persecution of his community. And taking that opportunity to uplift him and tell him that he mattered, that he was okay and accept him. I hope that we do a better job of that."
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DOLLY PARTON BRINGS A LITTLE 'DOLLYWOOD TO HOLLYWOOD'
She may have been honoring her good friend Lily Tomlin with the Life Achievement Award, but Parton pretty much stole the show from the moment she walked out onstage to raucous applause. With jokes about her very famous curves — "I almost didn't get in. They kept holding me backstage. They wanted to see my ID – or maybe it was double D's. I wanted to get that off my chest." — to angling for a part in Grace and Frankie, it was clear that Parton had definitely brought the party with her.
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LILY TOMLIN GIVES EVERYONE SOME SAGE ADVICE
Tomlin's hilarious, unforgettable speech covered everything from her high school truancy to finding the humor in her statue, but she truly brought the house down when she offered everyone in the room such valuable advice as "Don't leave the house when you're drunk. And if you're already out there, you must learn to tell when you've had too much to drink," and "I learned to turn my flaws into spiritual lessons. Watching Oprah really helped."
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CLAIRE FOY AND MATT SMITH HAVE A LOVE FEST
After cheering her head off for costar John Lithgow after he won, she took time to give her "good friend" Matt Smith a shout-out, transforming attendees into IRL heart-eye emojis.
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THE CAST OF STRANGER THINGS WINS BEST ENSEMBLE ...
It's hard to decide what was the best part of their win: Watching the young cast members jumping all over each other as they celebrated, David Harbour's passionate, emotional speech about the importance of art in reflecting and challenging society or watching Taraji P. Henson hug every single cast member who passed her.
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... AND BRING THE HOUSE DOWN
We, like Winona Ryder, were feeling literally all of the feelings during that acceptance speech.
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HIDDEN FIGURES WINS THE NIGHT'S BIGGEST HONOR
The biggest surprise of the night came when Hidden Figures earned the Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture award, and a thrilled cast — led by Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer and Janelle Monaé — took to the stage to give a beautiful, passionate speech celebrating the real-life figures they played. "This film is about unity," Henson said. "The shoulders of the women that we stand on are three American heroes: Katherine Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan and Mary Jackson. Without them, we would not know how to reach the stars ... This story is about what happens when we put our difference aside and we come together as a human race," she concluded. "They are hidden figures no more!"
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