SAG Awards 2019: ‘Black Panther’ wins top film honor

Glenn Close, who memorably triumphed at the Golden Globes, won best actress

Black Panther Cast Acceptance Speech at 2019 SAG Awards

‘Black Panther’ took the top award at Sunday’s 25th Screen Actors Guild Awards, giving Ryan Coogler’s superhero sensation its most significant honor yet and potentially setting it up for more wins at the Academy Awards.

‘Well, I’ll be. To be young gifted and black,” said Chadwick Boseman, accepting the award for best ensemble in a motion picture.

It was the only award ‘Black Panther’ was nominated for beside best ensemble of stunt performers, which it also won.

Glenn Close, who memorably triumphed at the Golden Globes, won best actress, possibly making her up as the Oscar frontrunner. The 71-year-old Close has frequently been nominated but never won an Academy Award.

“One of the most powerful things we have as human beings are two eyes looking into two eyes. Film is the only art form that allows us the close-up,” said Close.

Rami Malek won best actor for his Freddie Mercury, Emily Blunt was the upset winner for her supporting role in the horror thriller ‘A Quiet Place’ and ‘The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel’ swept comedy series honors at the 25th Screen Actors Guild Awards on Sunday.

Malek dedicated the award for his performance in ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ to Mercury, as he did at the Golden Globes. With the win over Christian Bale and Bradley Cooper, 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,” said Malek.

Blunt’s win was a shocker, particularly for the actress, herself. Blunt, also nominated by the guild for her lead performance in ‘Mary Poppins Returns’, was visibly surprised. She wasn’t among Tuesday’s Oscars nominees for either film.

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.