Last evening, the cast of Stranger Things won a Screen Actors Guild Award for “Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series.” Competition was stiff this year, but the cast of the show won over such properties as Game of Thrones and Westworld. Stranger Things was nominated for a total of three SAG Awards. The other two nominations were for Millie Bobby Brown and Winona Ryder for “Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series.”
Nearly the entire cast of the show appeared on stage to accept the award, and David Harbour (Chief Jim Hopper) delivered the following acceptance speech on behalf of the cast:
“I would just like to say, in light of all that’s going on in the world today, it’s difficult to celebrate the already celebrated Stranger Things, but this award from you who take your craft seriously and earnestly believe, like me, that great acting can change the world is a call to arms from our fellow craftsmen and women to go deeper. And through our art to battle against fear, self-centeredness and exclusivity of our predominately narcissistic culture and through our craft to cultivate a more empathetic and understanding society by revealing intimate truths that serve as a forceful reminder to folks that when they feel broken and afraid and tired they are not alone. We are united in that we are all human beings and we are all together on this horrible, painful, joyous, exciting and mysterious ride that is being alive.
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 weak and the disenfranchised and the marginalized. And we will do it all with soul, with heart, and with joy. We thank you for this responsibility. Thank you.”
This news will undoubtedly inspire the cast and crew as they head into production for Season Two of the show. New details on the second season are beginning to trickle out, as we’ve recently learned that Sean Astin will be playing the role of Joyce Byers’ (Winona Ryder) new boyfriend, much to the chagrin of Chief Hopper.
Stay tuned to Horror News Network for more information on Stranger Things as it breaks.