Acceptance Speech by Julia Louis-Dreyfus at the 23rd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards
January 29, 2017
Thank you. Whether the Russians did or did not hack the voting of tonight’s SAG Awards, I look out on the million, or probably even a million and a half people in this room, and I say this award is legitimate and I won. I’m the winner. The winner is me. Landslide.
But, to a less insane note, I’d like to say that I am a very proud member of this union, and I’m thrilled to be here tonight, and I thank the Screen Actors Guild. I want you all to know that I am the daughter of an immigrant. My father fled religious persecution in Nazi-occupied France, and I’m an American patriot, and I love this country. And because I love this country, I am horrified by its blemishes. And this immigrant ban is a blemish and it is unamerican.
So I say to you this: Our sister guild – the WGA made a statement today that I would like to read because I’m in complete agreeance (sic) with it. “Our guilds are unions of story tellers who have always welcomed those from the nations and of varying beliefs who wish to share their creativity with America. We are grateful for them. We stand with them. And we will fight for them.”
Thank you very much.