And we can’t believe it.
It has been just over a month since the SAG awards 2017 and we still can't get over Winona Ryder's strange facial expressions during her Stranger Things co-star David Harbour's acceptance speech.
In case you've forgotten, when Stranger Things won a Screen Actors Guild award for Outstanding performance by an ensemble in a drama series, and in fitting with the tone of possibly the most political SAG awards ever, David Harbour (playing police chief Jim Hopper in the sci-fi Netflix series), took to the stage to deliver a fiery acceptance speech.
It wasn’t just his inspirational words (that prompted standing ovations from Meryl Streep and Denzel Washington FYI) that made his speech the biggest talking point of the night, it was instead his co-star Winona Ryder’s reaction, with her bizarre facial expressions inspiring many-an internet meme.
According to a new report, sources told Page Six that Ryder and her friends have a special name for the facial expressions she pulled at the SAG awards: 'Facegate', and apparently she has 'been "face-palming" ever since.'
‘We will repel bullies, we will shelter freaks and outcasts – those who have no home, we will get past the lies, we will hunt monsters’, David Harbour announced to the crowd in his speech. ‘And when we are lost amid the hypocrisy and casual violence of certain individuals in institutions, we will, as per chief Jim Hopper, punch some people in the face when they seek to destroy the disenfranchised and the marginalized, and we will do it all with soul, with heart and with joy’.
Although Harbour’s speech gave a powerful message and took a stand against Trump’s immigration ban, passed just days before, absolutely nothing could take away from Winona’s facial expressions – the actress seeming increasingly bewildered as the speech progressed.
When asked last month about his co-star’s reaction, David suggested that the problem could actually have been the room’s acoustics. ‘She couldn’t hear me!’ he told People, ‘which I was confused by, because I was screaming! But apparently she couldn’t hear me.’
He added: ‘She is just such a porous, expressive woman and actress — I think it just flowed through her like every experience — and I loved it.’
David also went on to explain what was going through his head as he gave his impassioned speech. ‘Out of the corner of my eye, I see Denzel and Meryl Streep standing up’, he explained. ‘The reason why I was shaking and everything was I just couldn’t believe that was my life at that moment. These are people who I’ve grown up with and people that I’ve admired my whole life. To be considered among them, or a part of them, was the greatest moment.’
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