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Screen Actors Guild Awards 2018 | Black Panther Sit At Top Position

Screen Actors Guild Awards 2018 | Black Panther Sit At Top Position

Screen Actors Guild Awards 2018 | Black Panther Sit At Top Position

Groundbreaking superhero blockbuster “Black Panther” on Sunday nabbed the top spot at the 25th Screen Actors Guild (SAG) awards. This is a great boost to its campaign for Oscars glory next month.

The movie 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.”

Although Black Panther was not nominated for any individual SAG Awards, it took home the final award at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles.

Before a stage of actors, Chadwick Boseman tried to put the moment into context for the trailblazing Black Panther, which also won for its stunt performer ensemble.

“To be young, gifted and black,” he said, quoting the Nina Simone song.

“We know what it’s like to be told there isn’t a screen for you to be featured on, a stage for you to be featured on.

“We know what’s like to be beneath and not above. And that is what we went to work with every day.

“We knew that we could create a world that exemplified a world we wanted to see. We knew that we had something to give.”

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.

Malek dedicated his Best Actor award for his performance in Bohemian Rhapsody to Freddie Mercury, as he did at the Globes.

Rami Malek looks to the left wearing black tuxedo as he is surrounded by photographers on red carpet with lights in background.

With the win over Christian Bale (Vice) and Bradley Cooper (A Star Is Born), Malek seemingly sealed the Best Actor Oscar many are predicting for him.

“I get some power from him that’s about stepping up and living your best life, being exactly who you want to be and accomplishing everything you so desire,” he said.

More surprising was Emily Blunt’s Best Supporting Actress win for her performance in the horror thriller A Quiet Place.

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Blunt, also nominated by the guild for her lead performance in Mary Poppins Returns, was visibly shocked.

She was not among the Oscars nominees for either film.

Emily Blunt wears pink gown as she smiles up at husband John Krasinski wearing emerald tuxedo while surrounded by photographers.

“Guys. That truly has blown my slicked hair back,” she said, praising her husband and A Quiet Place director John Krasinski as a “stunning filmmaker”.

“Thank you for giving me the part. You would have been in major trouble if you hadn’t,” Blunt said to her husband.

Mahershala Ali wears a maroon blazer, white shirt and black tie. He grins as he holds mint green SAG award aloft.

Mahershala Ali nabbed his second SAG award at the event. (AP: Jordan Strauss)

Best Supporting Actor in a film went more as expected.

Mahershala Ali — who won two years ago for Moonlight — won for his performance in Peter Farrelly’s interracial road trip Green Book.

Ali thanked his co-star, Viggo Mortensen, and Farrelly.

Rachel Brosnahan grins as she walks through the crowd to the stage to accept award wearing drop earrings and silver dress.

Rachel Brosnahan won Outstanding Performance in a Comedy Series. (AP: Matt Sayles)

Amazon series The Marvellous Mrs Maisel won the first three awards handed out Sunday at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles.

It won Best Ensemble in a Comedy Series, as well as individual honours for Rachel Brosnahan and Tony Shalhoub, whose win was a surprise in a category that included Bill Hader (Barry) and Michael Douglas (The Kominsky Method).

“We cannot thank you enough,” said Shalhoub, speaking for the cast.

Tom Hanks presented the lifetime achievement award to Alan Alda, who in July revealed that he had been living with Parkinson’s disease for more than three years.

Alan Alda grins against SAG awards red carpet backdrop. He wears a black suit and tie and white shirt.

Alan Alda urged his fellow actors to “stay playful” at the event. (AP: Jordan Strauss)

The 83-year-old actor took the stage to a standing ovation while the theme to M.A.S.H. played. He said the award came at a reflective moment for him.

“And I see more than ever now how proud I am to be a part of our brotherhood and sisterhood of actors,” said Alda.

“It may never have been more urgent to see the world through another person’s eyes. When a culture is divided so sharply, actors can help — a least a little — just by doing what we do.

“And the nice part is it’s fun to do it. So my wish for all of us is — let’s stay playful.”

Black Panther, the year’s biggest box-office hit, has finally cracked the Oscars’ kryptonite to superheroes.
For the second time, the cast of This Is Us won Best Ensemble in a Drama Series.

Other TV winners included Sandra Oh (Killing Eve), Darren Criss (Assassination of Gianni Versace), Jason Bateman (Ozark) and Patricia Arquette (Escape at Dannemora).

Arquette thanked special counsel investigator Robert Mueller, “and everyone working to make sure we have sovereignty for the United States of America”.

The SAG Awards had one thing the Oscars still does not — a host.

Emcee Megan Mullally kicked off the awards by tweaking their role among the many honours leading up to next month’s Oscars.

She called the SAGs “the greatest honour an actor can receive this weekend”.

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