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SAG Awards 2019: Black Panther nabs top prize for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture

By Josh Weiss
Black Panther cast Screen Actors Guild Awards

Unlike its disappointing performance at the Golden Globes a few weeks ago, Black Panther was a lot more successful at the 25th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards. The Ryan Coogler-directed Marvel movie made history yet again when it took home the top prize of the evening for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture—the first superhero flick ever to do so.

The film's lead actor, Chadwick Boseman (King T'Challa), thanked Coogler, Disney CEO Bob Iger, Walt Disney Studios chairman Alan Horn, longtime Marvel producer Louis D'Esposito, and Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige during the cast's acceptance speech onstage. Boseman also spoke about the film's massive cultural impact and achievement in representation, kindly ribbing Andy Serkis, who plays one of the movie's few white characters, antagonist Ulysses Klaue.

"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," he said. "We know what's it 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. We knew, not that we would be around during awards season and that it would make a billion dollars, but 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 ... you can't have a Black Panther now without a two on it."

Before the ceremony even took place, Black Panther and GLOW were announced as the winners of the Outstanding Action Performance by a Stunt Ensemble categories for film and TV. Both beat out Avengers: Infinity War, Ant-Man and the Wasp, Mission: Impossible - Fallout, The Walking Dead, and Westworld.

Unfortunately, GLOW lost in a number of other, more major categories, such as Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series and Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series (Alison Brie).

Emily Blunt was a major upset in the category of Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role when she won for A Quiet Place. Her shot at a double win for Mary Poppins Returns (Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role) was snuffed out by Glenn Close, who won for The Wife.

Emily Blunt Screen Actors Guild Awards

Sandrah Oh took home the prize for Outstanding Performance by Female Actor in a Drama Series, courtesy of her role in Killing Eve. Oh beat out Elisabeth Moss of The Handmaid's Tale. The dystopian Hulu series also lost out on Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series (Joseph Fiennes) and Best Ensemble Cast in a Drama Series.

Another genre loser of the night was Emma Stone of Netflix's Maniac, which was not able to secure the award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries.