'Black Panther' Just Took Home Best Ensemble Cast At The SAG Awards
The Screen Actors Guild Awards took place today, adding another brick in the award season path to the Oscars, which will take place on February 25th.
With Megan Mullally hosting, the biggest award of the night -- Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture, the SAG's equivalent to Best Picture -- went to Black Panther.
The excited and surprised cast took the stage, with Chadwick Boseman delivering an acceptance speech which tackled the reception to the film and the questions they've been asked over and over and over since the film premiered, mostly around whether they realised Black Panther would be as successful as it was, and whether they feel like it's changed the film industry.
“My answer to that is -- to be young, gifted and black,” Boseman said, as the crowd cheered. Moments later, one of the few white actors in the film, Andy Serkis, joined them on stage, prompting Boseman to add, "Man, you got great timing, boy".
"We know what it’s like to be told there’s not a screen for you to be featured on,” Boseman continued.
We know what it’s like to be the tail and not the head. We know what it’s like to be beneath and not above. That is what we went to work with every day.
Boseman went on to say that they all “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.”
As the 'wind it up' music began playing, Boseman was undeterred.
"Don’t give me the music,” he told the band, before addressing the audience. “It’s a pleasure to be celebrated by you, to be loved by you. And one thing I do know ... you can’t have a Black Panther now without a 2 on it.”
Black Panther is nominated for seven Oscars, including Best Picture, and is the first superhero movie to get a Best Picture nod.
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