• SAG best actor winners Denzel Washington ('Fences') and Emma Stone ('La la Land'). (AAP)Source: AAP
The news of the day was very much on the minds of the winners at the Screen Actors Guild Awards.

30 Jan 2017 - 3:27 PM  UPDATED 30 Jan 2017 - 3:27 PM

LOS ANGELES (Variety.com) - Denzel Washington has won the SAG Best Actor Award for Fences and Emma Stone has won the Best Actress Award for her role as a struggling actress in La La Land.

The awards were announced at the Shrine Auditorium in the 23rd annual SAG awards.

Stone topped Amy Adams for Arrival, Emily Blunt for The Girl on the Train, Natalie Portman for Jackie and Meryl Streep for Florence Foster Jenkins.

Viola Davis won the SAG Award for supporting actress for Fences and Mahershala Ali took the supporting actor trophy for "Moonlight."

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Davis won the award over Naomie Harris for Midnight, Nicole Kidman for Lion, Octavia Spencer for Hidden Figures and Michelle Williams for Manchester by the Sea.

Ali topped Jeff Bridges for Hell or High Water, Hugh Grant for Florence Foster Jenkins, Lucas Hedges for Manchester by the Sea, and Dev Patel for Lion.

The evening was punctuated with an array of verbal attacks on President Donald Trump's ban on refugees and citizens from seven predominately Muslim countries from entering the United States. "What unites us is stronger that what divides us," said Orange Is the New Black actress Taylor Schilling.

"This immigrant ban is a blemish and it is unAmerican," said Julia Louis-Dreyfuss, who won the actress trophy for comedy series for Veep for the second time.

William H. Macy won the actor in a comedy series for Shameless and offered thanks to Trump for making his Frank Gallagher seem normal.

Sarah Paulson won the best actress for TV movie or limited series for The People vs. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story. In her acceptance, she asked that people donate to the American Civil Liberties Union, calling it a "vital" organisation.

Bryan Cranston took the best actor award in the TV movie or limited series category for his portrayal of Lyndon Baines Johnson in All the Way. In his acceptance, he said that he's often asked what advice Johnson would provide Trump and said he'd be supportive, then add something that he often said, "Just don't piss in the soup that all of us gotta eat."

Netflix's freshman series Stranger Things won the drama series trophy, repeating Saturday's triumph at the Producers Guild of America. David harbour gave an electrifying speech in accepting the award. 

John Lithgow and Claire Foy won the drama series actor awards for Netflix's The Crown. Lithgow won for his portrayal of Winston Churchill and credited Meryl Streep for her Jan. 8 Golden Globes speech blistering Trump. "My exact thoughts," he added. Foy portrays Queen Elizabeth II in The Crown.

Lily Tomlin received the SAG Lifetime Achievement Award, presented by Dolly Parton and Jane Fonda, and cited Ruth Gordon's acceptance speech for winning an Oscar at age 72 with "I can't tell you how encouraging a thing like this is"

She offered advice such as "Don't leave the house when you're drunk" and "Beware of any enterprise that requires new clothing."

"I feel I am just getting started. What sign should I make for the next march?" she said.