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SAG Awards: Emily Blunt shocks with A Quiet Place win for Best Female Actor in Supporting Role

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Jan 27, 2019, 8:41 PM EST

Emily Blunt surprised everyone at this year's Screen Actors Guild Awards when her near-silent role in A Quiet Place took home the prize for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role.

The actor was up against some pretty heavy drama hitters, like Amy Adams (Vice), Margot Robbie (Mary Queen of Scots), Rachel Weisz (The Favourite), and Emma Stone (The Favourite). A genre winner coming out on top of all of those critically acclaimed dramas is nothing short of remarkable.

Directed by Blunt's real-life husband, John Krasinski (Jack Ryan), A Quiet Place takes place in a post-apocalyptic world where humanity lives in fear of sound-sensitive monsters. As such, most of the film has almost no dialogue, relying on everyday noises to ramp up the atmosphere and suspense. Blunt plays the matriarch of a family attempting to survive in this terrifying new reality.

Taking the stage to accept her prize, Blunt thanked Krasinski in her acceptance speech, praising her husband's filmmaking prowess.

"I am gonna share this completely with my husband, John Krasinski, because this entire  experience of doing this with you has completely pierced my heart directly. You are a stunning filmmaker. I'm so lucky to be with you and to have done this film with you. Thank you for giving me the part; you would have been in major trouble if you hadn't, so you didn't really have an option, but thank you."

Blunt was also nominated in the category of Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role for her performance in Disney's Mary Poppins Returns. Sadly, a double win was not in the cards when Glenn Close took home that particular award.