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‘Stranger Things’ Star Explains Winona Ryder’s SAG Awards Expressions (Video)

Gaten Matarazzo declares castmate’s parade of facial acrobatics ”awesome“

The grand mystery of the week — what the hell was going on with Winona Ryder’s face during the SAG Awards on Sunday — has been solved. Maybe.

Ryder’s “Stranger Things” costar Gaten Matarazzo has offered up an explanation that makes sense… or at least as much sense as anything viewers have seen on the Netflix series.

Matarazzo’s verdict?

“I think it’s just that she couldn’t hear what [cast member] David [Harbour] was saying,” the actor offered.

Ryder went viral Sunday night after “Stranger Things” won the SAG Award for outstanding ensemble, drama, displaying a series of ridiculous facial reactions as Harbour gave a passionate and well-received acceptance speech decrying the policies of the Trump administration.

“[We] will repel bullies. We will shelter freaks and outcasts, those who have no home,” Harbour said. “[W]e will, as per Chief Jim Hopper, punch some people in the face as they seek to destroy the weak and the disenfranchised and the marginalized.”

Ryder’s expressions seemed pretty awkward, given the earnest nature of Harbour’s speech, but Matarazzo, who plays Dustin Henderson on the Netflix series, declared Ryder’s facial expressions “awesome”.

“It was awesome; I loved it,” he says.

Social media was quick to take note of Ryder’s parade of expressions, with one member of the Twitterati declaring, “I feel like #WinonaRyder went through in 2 minutes every emotion and reaction I’ve had in the last 2 weeks.”

“I need a four year supply of whatever #WinonaRyder is having,” another offered.

Watch Matarazzo make his case for his castmate below.