The INSIDER Summary:
• On January 29, “Stranger Things” won a SAG award and David Harbour (Chief Hopper) gave a fiery speech on behalf of the cast.
• As he spoke, Winona Ryder stood next to him and reacted with a huge range of confused facial expressions.
• Her erratic response quickly became the best meme of the 2017 SAG Awards.
The 2017 SAG Awards were filled with political acceptance speeches and memorable red carpet looks, but actress Winona Ryder stole the show when she made a series of very GIF-able facial expressions when “Stranger Things” won the award for outstanding performance in an ensemble in a drama series, David Harbour (Chief Jim Hopper) gave a rousing speech about standing up to bullies.
As Harbour began speaking, and his message became increasingly passionate and slightly political, Ryder seemed both taken aback and enthused.
Here’s just a taste of her response to his words:
As GIFs and screenshots of Ryder began popping up on Twitter, it was clear that Ryder was the most entertaining part of the show.
Watch the full video of Harbour’s speech (and Ryder’s reactions) below:
Some people believed Ryder’s expressions were a perfect summation of 2017 so far.
Emily Nussbaum, TV critic for the New Yorker, expressed a desire to see Ryder’s real-time reactions to President Trump.
Next time Trump gives a speech, make Winona Ryder stand next to him and translate for all of us through her facial expressions.
— emily nussbaum (@emilynussbaum) January 30, 2017
While others wanted to make sure she was doing all right up there.
Many people simply wanted a dose of whatever Ryder might be taking.
Actresses Melanie Lynskey and Sarah Hyland gave Ryder props on Twitter, while others were in awe of her extreme range of emotions.
God bless Winona Ryder’s natural, moving, expressive face
— Melanie Lynskey (@melanielynskey) January 30, 2017
Never seen anyone experience as many emotions within a minute as #WinonaRyder did during @DavidKHarbour‘s #SAGAwards speech. #StrangerThings pic.twitter.com/GzPMPhfvBy
— Jordan Ross (@TheJordanRoss) January 30, 2017
We’re also hoping for a Winona Ryder emoji keyboard.
The man who started it all — David Harbour — tweeted a selfie later in the night and said “the Winona memes are epic.”
My fellow artists. There is no greater honour than to be counted among you in the fight to bring us together. And the Winona memes are epic???? pic.twitter.com/ioGUpBx9zZ
— David Harbour (@DavidKHarbour) January 30, 2017
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