‘Black Panther’ Wins Top Screen Actors Guild Award Ahead Of Oscars

‘Black Panther’ Receives More Awards Ahead Of Oscars ‘Black Panther’ has triumphed at the Screen Actors Guild Awards, picking up the ceremony’s top prize for best film cast. A...

‘Black Panther’ Receives More Awards Ahead Of Oscars

‘Black Panther’ has triumphed at the Screen Actors Guild Awards, picking up the ceremony’s top prize for best film cast.

A superhero box-office smash featuring a predominantly black cast, the Marvel film has been hailed as a turning point in cinema and could make history if it repeats the win at the Oscars next month.

In a powerful acceptance speech alongside co-stars including Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong’o and Danai Gurira, Chadwick Boseman told how “all of us up here know what it’s like to be told there is not a place for you to be featured even though you are young, gifted and black”.

He also spoke about the film’s effect on the industry, saying the cast knew they had “something special that we wanted to give the world”.

‘Black Panther’ beat ‘BlacKkKlansman’, ‘Crazy Rich Asians’, ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ and ‘A Star Is Born’ to win the prize at the SAG ceremony, which is seen as a possible indicator of how the Academy Awards could pan out.

Following on from wins at the Golden Globes earlier this month, ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ star Rami Malek, and Glenn Close, who stars in ‘The Wife’, were named best film actor and actress, while Mahershala Ali won the best-supporting-actor gong for ‘Green Book’.

Emily Blunt was the surprise winner of the best-supporting-actress award, for horror film ‘A Quiet Place’, over ‘The Favourite’ stars Emma Stone and Rachel Weisz, as well as Margot Robbie, for ‘Mary Queen Of Scots’, and Amy Adams, for ‘Vice’.

However, fellow British stars Olivia Colman and Christian Bale, who were both honored at the Golden Globes and Critics’ Choice Awards, missed out on awards this time around.

In other notable disappointments, ‘A Star Is Born’, Bradley Cooper’s directorial debut in which he stars opposite Lady Gaga, was also left empty-handed, despite leading the nominations with four nods.

Blunt paid tribute to her co-star and director husband John Krasinski and their children as she accepted her statuette.

Clearly shocked as her name was announced, she said: “Oh my goodness me. Guys, that truly has completely blown my slicked hair back.

“I am going to share this completely with my husband, John Krasinski, because the entire experience of doing this with you has completely pierced by heart directly, you are a stunning filmmaker.

“I am so lucky to work with you and to have done this film with you, thank you for giving me the part, you would have been in major trouble if you hadn’t so you didn’t really have an option.”

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