SAG AWARDS 2019: Go Big or Go Home!!

Femi Bamigbetan

January 28, 2019

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Black Panther has won the top film award in at the 25th Screen Actors Guild Awards, SAG  in Los Angeles on Sunday, putting it in strong contention for an Oscars win this February.

In a nomination pool that largely eschewed heavyweight Oscar contenders, Black Panther beat A Star is Born, Bohemian Rhapsody, Crazy Rich Asians and BlacKkKlansman to receive the award for outstanding performance by a cast in a motion picture.

It also took out the award for best stunt ensemble, announced prior to the awards telecast, which was hosted by Megan Mullally in Los Angeles on Sunday.

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”.

 

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The Marvelous Mrs Maisel won every category were it had nominations.Tony Shalhoud and Rachel Brosnahan received the outstanding male and female actor in a comedy series respectively, and the entire cast – the award for outstanding performance by an ensemble in a comedy series.

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“It may never have been more urgent to see the world through another person’s eyes,” Alda said when accepting his award on Sunday night. “And when the culture is divided so sharply, actors can help, at least a little, just by doing what we do.”

Ahead of this year’s show, the Screen Actors Guild took the unusual step of publicly criticising the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for pressuring stars to appear only on the Oscars. The film academy has declined to comment.

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