The SAG Awards win for outstanding performance by a cast in a motion picture potentially sets up the movie for a major role at next month’s Academy Awards.
Before a stage full of actors, actor Chadwick Boseman delivered a powerful speech about the film’s long journey to success:
“Well I’ll be. I didn’t think I was gonna have to speak. Obviously we have to thank SAG-AFTRA for this moment of appreciation and celebration of this film. I’d like to thank our director Ryan Coogler, and some execs: Bob Iger, Louis D’Esposito, Victoria Alonso — I know, I’m gonna save the best for last, I’m not going to forget Kevin Feige. And this cast, this ensemble. When I think of going to work everyday, and the passion and intelligence, of the resolve and discipline that everybody showed, I also think of two questions that we all have received during the course of multiple publicity runs. And one is: Did we know that this movie was going to receive this kind of response. Meaning, was it going to make a billion dollars, was it going to still be around during this awards season? And the second question is: Has it changed the industry? Has it actually changed how the industry works? How it sees us? And my answer to that is: To be young, gifted, and Black.
“Because all of us up here know (and Andy [Serkis], we include you, too….man, you got great timing, boy…great timing). 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. We know what it’s like to be told there’s not a screen for you to be featured on; a stage for you to be featured on. We know what it’s like to be the tail and not the head; we know what it’s like to be beneath and not above. And that is what we went to work with every day. Because we knew — not that we would be around during awards season and it would make $1 billion, 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. That we could create a world that exemplified a world we wanted to see. We knew that we had something that we wanted to give, and to come to work with every day, and to solve problems with this group of people every day, with this director, that is something I wish all actors would get the opportunity to experience. If you get to experience that, you will be a fulfilled artist. Now…the question of ‘will we be around?’ — don’t give me music!
“I just have to say, it’s a pleasure to be celebrated by you, to be loved by you. And one thing I do know with ‘Did it change the industry?’ is that you can’t have a Black Panther now without a 2 on it.”
Of course, Black Panther wasn’t the only big win of the night.
The cast of Amazon’s The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel took home three awards, including top performance by an ensemble in a comedy series.
The show’s stars Tony Shalhoub and Rachel Brosnahan won individual awards as well.
Solidifying his frontrunner status for an Oscar next month, Mahershala Ali won for male actor in a supporting role for Green Book.
Glenn Close, who thrilled the audience by reuniting on stage to present an award with her Fatal Attraction co-star Michael Douglas, won for performance by a female actor in a leading role for the film The Wife.
Rami Malek was won for his leading role as Freddie Mercury in Bohemian Rhapsody.
Jason Bateman had some advice for struggling actors in his acceptance speech for outstanding performance by a male actor in a drama series for Ozark.
“You’re just one job away, you’re plenty talented and hang in there,” he said.
Sandra Oh won for her leading role in the drama series Killing Eve. She thanked several fellow actors of color who gave her encouragement over the years, including Jamie Foxx, Lena Waithe, and Alfre Woodard.
At an event in 1997, Woodard, Oh recalled, whispered in her ear, “‘I’m so proud of you out there, we fight the same fight.'”
Below is the full SAG Awards winners list:
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role:
Christian Bale, “Vice”
Bradley Cooper, “A Star Is Born”
Rami Malek, “Bohemian Rhapsody” (WINNER)
Viggo Mortensen, “Green Book”
John David Washington, “BlacKkKlansman”
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role:
Emily Blunt, “Mary Poppins Returns”
Glenn Close, “The Wife” (WINNER)
Olivia Colman, “The Favourite”
Lady Gaga, “A Star Is Born”
Melissa McCarthy, “Can You Ever Forgive Me?”
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role:
Mahershala Ali, “Green Book” (WINNER)
Timothee Chalamet, “Beautiful Boy”
Adam Driver, “BlacKkKlansman”
Sam Elliott, “A Star Is Born”
Richard E. Grant, “Can You Ever Forgive Me?”
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role:
Amy Adams, “Vice”
Emily Blunt, “A Quiet Place” (WINNER)
Margot Robbie, “Mary Queen of Scots”
Emma Stone, “The Favourite”
Rachel Weisz, “The Favourite”
Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture:
“A Star Is Born”
“Black Panther” (WINNER)
“Crazy Rich Asians”
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries:
Antonio Banderas, “Genius: Picasso”
Darren Criss, “Assassination of Gianni Versace” (WINNER)
Hugh Grant, “A Very English Scandal”
Anthony Hopkins, “King Lear”
Bill Pullman, “The Sinner”
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries:
Amy Adams, “Sharp Objects”
Patricia Arquette, “Escape at Dannemora” (WINNER)
Patricia Clarkson, “Sharp Objects”
Penelope Cruz, “Assassination of Gianni Versace”
Emma Stone, “Maniac”
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series:
Jason Bateman, “Ozark” (WINNER)
Sterling K. Brown, “This Is Us”
Joseph Fiennes, “The Handmaid’s Tale”
John Krasinski, “Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan”
Bob Odenkirk, “Better Call Saul”
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series:
Julia Garner, “Ozark”
Laura Linney, “Ozark”
Elisabeth Moss, “The Handmaid’s Tale”
Sandra Oh, “Killing Eve” (WINNER)
Robin Wright, “House of Cards”
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series:
Alan Arkin, “The Kominsky Method”
Michael Douglas, “The Kominsky Method”
Bill Hader, “Barry”
Tony Shalhoub, “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” (WINNER)
Henry Winkler, “Barry”
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series:
Alex Borstein, “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”
Alison Brie, “GLOW”
Rachel Brosnahan, “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” (WINNER)
Jane Fonda, “Grace and Frankie”
Lily Tomlin, “Grace and Frankie”
Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series:
“Better Call Saul”
“The Handmaid’s Tale”
“This Is Us” (WINNER)
Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series:
“The Kominsky Method”
“The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” (WINNER)
Outstanding Action Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Comedy or Drama Series:
“Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan”
“The Walking Dead”
Outstanding Action Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Motion Picture:
“Ant-Man and the Wasp”
“Avengers: Infinity War”
“The Ballad of Buster Scruggs”
“Black Panther” (WINNER)
“Mission: Impossible – Fallout”