It’s literally raining awards for Marvel Studios’ 2018 smashing hit Black Panther. The film won the award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture at the 2019 Screen Actors Guild Awards event held at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles on Sunday.
Black Panther has become the first superhero movie to win the SAG Awards’ top prize, beating out fellow nominees A Star Is Born, Crazy Rich Asians, BlacKkKlansman and Bohemian Rhapsody in the race. It also picked up the trophy for Outstanding Performance by a Stunt Ensemble.
Actor Chadwick Boseman, who plays the title superhero in the Marvel film, took to the stage to accept the award along with his fellow Wakandans– Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong’o, Angela Bassett, Andy Serkis and Danai Gurira. He delivered an inspiring award acceptance speech saying, “To be young, gifted and black … all of us know up here know what it’s like to be told there is not a place for you to be featured.”
Boseman went on to thank director Ryan Coogler, Disney executives Bob Iger and Alan Horn, producer Nate Moore, Marvel Studios co-president Louis D’Esposito, producer and executive VP of production Victoria Alonso, and Marvel Studios chief Kevin Feige.
He also teased what’s next for the cast, hinting at a planned sequel.
“It’s a pleasure to be celebrated by you and to be loved by you,” Boseman told the award show attendees. “One thing I do know, [when asked] ‘Did it change the industry?’ is that you can’t have a Black Panther without a 2 on it. So we love you and we’re celebrating.” You can check out the full speech video clip below.
It remains to be seen if Black Panther would also bag the Best Picture Academy Award next month. The film is currently streaming on Netflix and is available as a home media release.
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