David Harbour’s Powerful Acceptance Speech At The SAG Awards Earned A Standing Ovation

Last night’s SAG awards was the unexpected breath of fresh air we so desperately needed amidst a relentless political shit storm. The theme of the night was without a doubt unity and more unity in a time of unyielding crisis.

Of the many impassioned speeches given at Sunday evening’s award ceremony, there was one in particular that deeply moved the audience and the millions watching at home. David Harbour of Stranger Things earned a standing ovation for his inspiring words about a world built on acceptance and the power art maintains to battle a narcissistic society.

After accepting the award for best performance by an ensemble for Stranger Things, David Harbour gave a captivating speech about unity.

David Harbour and the cast of "Stranger Things" accept the award for outstanding performance by an ensemble in a drama 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)

Upon receiving the award, Harbour appeared understandably flustered and overwhelmed by such a prestigious honor.

“Oh my god. Wow. This is unreal. I would just light of all that’s going on in the world today it’s difficult to celebrate the already celebrated Stranger Things,” he said acknowledging its many accolades.

After collecting himself he unexpectedly went into a inspirational speech that soon had the audience standing in solidarity.

“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 predominantly narcissistic culture. And through our craft to cultivate a more empathetic and understanding society by revealing infinite 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 meek and the disenfranchised. And we will do it all with soul, with heat, and with joy.”

It was at this point that cameras turned their attention to the crowd revealing many stars including Courtney B. Vance, Lea DeLaria, and Viggo Mortensen on their feet.

Harbour’s words are the empowering motivation we all need to remind ourselves that unified, we cannot be broken.

People watching at home were moved by his words as well.

Check out the full speech here:

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