Black Panther Reigns Supreme at the SAG Awards

While this awards season has been a mixed bag for Black Panther, the Marvel Studios film won both awards it was nominated for at tonight’s Screen Actors Guild Awards.

The cast of Black Panther won the award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture, one of the night’s biggest awards.

“I didn’t think I was going to have to speak,” said Black Panther star Chadwick Boseman, as he accepted the award. “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 the world that we wanted to see. We knew that we had something that we wanted to give.”

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In addition to thanking SAG, director Ryan Coogler, Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige and the other executives who helped make the movie, he talked about how the movie reverberated around the film industry and helped usher in an industry-wide focus on diversity.

Boseman ended the acceptance speech by saying “I know that you can’t have a Black Panther now without a 2 on it.”

In addition to being the first superhero film to be nominated for the award, Black Panther ‘s ensemble beat out BlacKkKlansman, Bohemian Rhapsody, Crazy Rich Asians and A Star Is Born for the prestigious award.

This SAG win could also bode well for Black Panther‘s chances of winning Best Picture at the Academy Awards, since it means that the Marvel film has the support of the acting community, which is the Academy’s largest voting bloc.

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Additionally, Black Panther also won Outstanding Action Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Motion Picture.

To secure that win, Black Panther beat out a crowded field that included Mission: Impossible – Fallout, The Ballad of Buster Scruggs and two other Marvel Studios movies, Avengers: Infinity War and Ant-Man and the Wasp.

However, another Marvel production didn’t fare so well.

Marvel’s Daredevil ,the recently-canceled Netflix series, lost the award for Outstanding Action Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Comedy or Drama Series to Glow, a Netflix series based on the Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling promotion of the 1980s. Other genre programs like The Walking Dead, Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan and Westworld were also nominated in this category.

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