'Black Panther' builds Oscars momentum with big SAG Awards victory

‘Black Panther’ builds Oscars momentum with big SAG Awards victory

Black Panther has claimed the big prize at the 2019 Screen Actors Guild Awards.

The Ryan Coogler directed Marvel film claimed the award for the Best Cast Ensemble Prize, the SAG’s equivalent to the Academy’s coveted ‘Best Picture’ gong.

With Black Panther also nominated for Best Picture at the Oscars next month, their victory at the SAG broke records as it becomes the first superhero film to claim the award in their 24-year history.

Chadwick Boseman, star of the film, quoted Nina Simone in the acceptance speech, she said: “When I think of going to work every day 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 during this awards season?”

She continued: “The second question is: Has it changed the industry?” he continued. “Has it actually changed the way this industry works [and] how it sees us? And my answer to that is: ‘To be young, gifted, and black.’”

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