Marvel’s Black Panther was the big winner at last night’s Screen Actors Guild Awards, taking home Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture—the ceremony’s equivalent of a best picture honour. It’s the first superhero movie to win the SAGs’ ensemble award.
Star Chadwick Boseman gave a powerful speech while accepting the award on stage alongside his castmates. “We know what it’s like to be told there’s not a screen for you to be featured on, a stage for you to be featured on,” he said. “We know what it’s like to be the tail, but not the head. We know what it’s like to be beneath, but not above. And that is what we went to work with every day. Because we knew not that we would be around during awards season or that it would make a billion dollars, but we knew that we had something special that we wanted to give the world—that we could be full human beings in the roles that we were playing. That we could create a world that exemplified a world that we wanted to see.”
Other film honourees include Glenn Close for best actress in The Wife, Rami Malek for best actor for his turn as Freddie Mercury in Bohemian Rhapsody, while Emily Blunt and Mahershala Ali both received supporting actor trophies (for horror movie A Quiet Place and dramedy Green Book, respectively).
On the TV side, This Is Us and The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel each won the ensemble prizes in their drama and comedy categories. Maisel, in fact, swept the TV comedy section of the awards, with both Rachel Brosnahan and Tony Shalhoub being recognized for their performances.
Canadian Sandra Oh also won best drama actress for Killing Eve, making history in the process. She’s reportedly just the second person to win in the category for two different shows (Oh previously won for Grey’s Anatomy; the other is Julianna Margulies, who won for both ER and The Good Wife). During her speech, she thanked actors who have helped her throughout her career. “I want to thank Alfre Woodard. In 1997—she’s never going to remember this—she whispers in my ear, ‘I’m so proud of you up there. We fight the same fight,’” Oh said. “Jamie Foxx, in 2006, pulled me aside and said, ‘Keep going.’ And in 2017, Lena Waithe, she just embraced me and said, ‘You already won. It’s in the work.’ So thank you to my fellow actors. Thank you so much.”
You can read the full list of winners here.
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