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Last night’s Screen Actors Guild Awards certainly didn’t disappoint.
We had high hopes for Black Panther, and leaped for joy when it received the highest honor of the entire night – the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture!
Black Panther beat very stiff competition from A Star Is Born, BlacKkKlansman, Bohemian Rhapsody, and Crazy Rich Asians. Huge congratulations to the entire cast and crew for this incredible honor!
Chadwick Boseman – who was joined on stage by some of his wonderful co-stars, including Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong’o and Angela Bassett – gave quite the moving and memorable acceptance speech too.
Especially when he asked himself whether Black Panther had changed the film industry…
“I didn’t think I was gonna have to speak. Obviously, thank Sag-AFTRA for this moment of appreciation, celebration of this film. Thank our director Ryan Coogler. He’s a genius,” he began.
“And this cast, this ensemble that…when I think of going to work everyday and the passion and the intelligence, the resolve, the discipline that everybody showed.
“I also think of two questions that we all have received during the course of multiple publicity runs. 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 this award season? And the second question is: Has it changed the industry? Has it actually changed the way this industry works, how it sees us?”
He answered his own question…
“My answer to that is to be young, gifted and black. Because all of us up here know…to be young, gifted and black, 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 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 everyday.
“Because we knew not that we would be around during award season or 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. That we could create a world that exemplified a world that we wanted to see.
“We knew that we had something that we wanted to give and to come to work with everyday and to solve problems with this group of people every day, with this director, that is something that I wish all actors would get the opportunity to experience.
“If you get to experience that, you will be a fulfilled artist.”
Our spines were most definitely tingled during his acceptance speech. We cannot wait for next month’s Oscars, where Black Panther is up for the coveted Best Picture award.
Do you think Black Panther will go all the way and win the biggest award of them all?
Only time will tell…