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Winona Ryder's Reaction to 'Stranger Things' Acceptance Speech as Wild as the Speech Itself

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Olympian Aly Raisman's parents have some competition in the facial gymnastics department.

When the cast of Stranger Things took home the SAG Award for outstanding performance by an ensemble in a drama series on Sunday night, David Harbour delivered an impassioned speech touching on actors, politics and modern-day monsters. And the speech stirred up some powerful feelings not just in the audience, but also in co-star Winona Ryder. As she stood on stage next to Harbour, her face ran the gamut of emotion — from disgust, to surprise to fear and yes, joy — as though she was live acting the range of psychologist Paul Ekman's universal facial expression chart, or mimicking the SAGs comedy/tragedy mask statuette.

The actress, who plays Joyce Byers on the Netflix show, stretched her face to new limits, contorting it in reaction to Harbour's words. "In light of everything that's going on in the world today, it's difficult to celebrate the already-celebrated Stranger Things, but this award from you who take your craft seriously and earnestly believe, like me, that great acting can change the world," he said.

As the speech grew more intense, with Harbour shouting into the microphone, so, too, did Ryder's face, giving Olympic gymnast Aly Raisman's parents some stiff competition in the facial gymnastics department.

"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," he shouted. "We will, as per Chief Jim Hopper, punch some people in the face when they seek to destroy the weak, the disenfranchised and the marginalized!"

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