‘Black Panther’ Nabs Top Film Prize at SAG Awards

by Kim Boateng Posted on January 28th, 2019

Los Angeles, California: The stars of the superhero blockbuster Black Panther went home with the Best Ensemble in a Movie prize at the Screen Actors Guild Awards ceremony in Los Angeles Sunday night.

The film featured Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, Danai Gurira and Lupita Nyong’o.

The film won for best ensemble cast, besting musical romance “A Star Is Born,” Spike Lee’s “BlacKkKlansman,” Queen biopic “Bohemian Rhapsody” and rom-com “Crazy Rich Asians.”

Chadwick Boseman, who plays the title role in what was the top-grossing film in North America in 2018, explained the film’s significance alongside his co-stars, nearly all of them black.

“We all know what it’s like to be told that there is not a place for you to be featured, yet you are young, gifted and black,” Boseman told the audience at the Shrine Auditorium.

“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 we wanted to see.”

“Black Panther” also won for best stunt ensemble.

This year, the SAG Awards come at a key point in the race to next month’s Academy Awards — just after the Oscars nominations, and well before voting for the winners begins.

The Screen Actors Guild accounts for a major percentage of the 8,000-odd Oscar voters, so the SAG winners will earn a lot of awards season momentum.

Rami Malek won the trophy for Best Actor in a Movie for Bohemian Rhapsody and Glenn Close won the award for Best Actress in a Movie for The Wife.

Emily Blunt won the prize for Best Supporting Actress in a Movie for her work in A Quiet Place and Mahershala Ali earned the accolade for Best Supporting Actor in a Movie for his performance in Green Book.

The SAG Awards honor excellence in both film and television acting.

The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel co-stars Rachel Brosnahan and Tony Shalhoub won the statuettes for Best Actress and Actor in a TV Comedy, then shared the Best Ensemble in a TV Comedy title with their castmates.

Sandra Oh was declared Best Actress in a TV Drama for Killing Eve and Jason Bateman was named Best Actor in a TV Drama for Ozark.

The stars of This is Us — including Sterling K. Brown, Mandy Moore, Milo Ventimiglia, Chrissy Metz and Susan Kelechi Watson — were voted Best Ensemble in a TV Drama.

Patricia Arquette scored the SAG Award for Best Actress in a TV Movie or Miniseries for Escape at Dannemora and Darren Criss picked up the statuette for Best Actor in a TV Movie or Miniseries for The Assassination of Gianni Versace.

Will & Grace co-star Megan Mullally hosted the gala at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles.

And Tom Hanks presented a lifetime achievement award to veteran actor Alan Alda, the star of the long-running TV comedy “M*A*S*H” who revealed last year that he is battling Parkinson’s disease.

“It may never have been more urgent to see the world through another person’s eyes than when a culture is divided so sharply,” Alda said to a rapt audience.

“Actors can help, at least a little, just by doing what we do. (…) It can’t solve everything, but it wouldn’t hurt.”

A complete list of 2019 SAG Awards winners:

Film

Ensemble: “Black Panther”

Actress: Glenn Close, “The Wife”

Actor: Rami Malek, “Bohemian Rhapsody”

Actress in a supporting role: Emily Blunt, “A Quiet Place”

Actor in a supporting role: Mahershala Ali, “Green Book”

Stunt Ensemble: “Black Panther”

Television

Actor in a comedy series: Tony Shalhoub, “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”

Actress in a comedy series: Rachel Brosnahan, “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”

Comedy series ensemble: “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”

Actor in a drama series: Jason Bateman, “Ozark”

Actress in a drama series: Sandra Oh, “Killing Eve”

Drama series ensemble: “This Is Us”

Actor in a TV movie or limited series: Darren Criss, “The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story”

Actress in a limited TV movie or series: Patricia Arquette, “Escape at Dannemora”

TV Stunt Ensemble: “GLOW”

Life Achievement: Alan Alda

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