The superhero movie "Black Panther" took home the coveted Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture statuette at the 25th Screen Actors Guild Awards Sunday.
The Marvel blockbuster, which earned $1.34 billion worldwide, continues to pave the way for diversity in Hollywoodafter being the first superhero film with a black protagonists. It is also the first superhero movie to be nominated for the best feature film Oscar.
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"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," said actor Chadwick Boseman, who was accompanied on stage by Panther co-stars including Lupita Nyong'o and Michael B. Jordan.
"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," Boseman added.
As Hollywood enters its award season with no clear favorites, Rami Malek and Glenn Close on Sunday won the awards for Outstanding Performance by a Male and Female Actor in a Leading Role, respectively.
"I thank Queen and Freddie Mercury," said Malek, the star of the biopic "Bohemian Rhapsody."
"I get some power from him that is about stepping up and living your best life, being exactly who you want to be, and accomplishing everything you so desire," he added.
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Close, who won the statuette for her performance in "The Wife," underlined the artistic power of cinema as it allows the recreation of what happens when two people look into each other's eyes.
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Mahershala Ali, who already won a Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actor in "Green Book," took home the Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role award Sunday.
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The Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role went to Emily Blunt for her performance in the horror movie "A Quiet Place."
Blunt dedicated the award to her husband John Krasinski, who both directed and co-starred in the movie.
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Amazon original series "The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel," based on a comedian in the 1950s, won a SAG award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series in the television section.
Its star Rachel Brosnahan took the award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series, while co-star Tony Shalhoub won in the male category.
In the Drama category, Jason Bateman was awarded Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor for the Netflix series "Ozark," while Sandra Oh took home the statuette in the female category for her portrayal of Eve in "Killing Eve."
"This is Us" won the award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series.
Other notable winners of the night were Darren Criss and Patricia Arquette who won Outstanding Performance by a Male and Female Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries for "American Crime Story: The Assassination Of Gianni Versace" and "Escape at Dannemora," respectively.
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One of the most notable remarks of the evening came from Arquette who on stage said "thank you Robert Mueller and everyone working to make sure that we have sovereignty for the United States of America," in reference to the special counsel investigating the Russia scandal and United States President Donald Trump's involvement in it.
This year the SAG Lifetime Achievement Award was given to the legendary Alan Alda, 84, who said that one of the greatest aspects of his profession was "to get inside a character's head and to search for a way to see life from that person's point of view - another person's vision of the world - and to let an audience experience that."
"It may never have been more urgent to see the world through another person's eyes than when a culture is divided so sharply. Actors can help, just a little, by just doing what we do," said Alda.
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