Kristen Bell Opened The SAG Awards With A Few Laughs And An Important Message

"Everyone’s story deserves to be told, especially now."

The Screen Actors Guild Awards has never had a host before — until this year, when actress Kristen Bell took the stage. It's an important time in Hollywood right now, as the Time's Up movement tackles sexual abuse in the industry, a topic which wasn't forgotten during Sunday's event.

Although guests didn't continue the all-black dress code of the Golden Globes, this year's award presenters were all women, and while Bell didn't call out the issue of harassment specifically in her monologue, she seemed to allude to it, sending a timely message about the power of stories.

"It's a true privilege to experience and share the wide scope of humanity through storytelling," Bell said, going on to reference some of the year's biggest flms, from I, Tonya to The Shape of Water. "The skating queen, the grieving mother, the Lady Bird, even the sea monster. Everyone's story deserves to be told, especially now."

"We are living in a watershed moment in time," Bell continued, "and as we march forward with active momentum and open ears, let's make sure we are leading the charge with empathy and with diligence, because fear and anger never win the race." The message received applause from the audience, including actress Reese Witherspoon, who could be seen calling it "well said."

Of course, the host made sure to add some signature K.Bell humor into the mix, reminding everyone, "Most importantly, regardless of our differences, I think we can all come together and delight in one thing — Frozen 2 is coming out in theaters 2019, you guys."

Watch Bell's full monologue below:

(H/T: Variety)

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