Black Panther wins big at SAG Awards(photos)

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The 25th edition of the Screen Actors Guild(SAG) Awards took place on Sunday night in Los Angeles and Marvel comic movie adaptation, Black Panther was at centre stage, winning best picture.

Screen Actors Guild awards are generally considered one of the most reliable bellwethers of the Academy Awards.

In a nomination pool that largely eschewed heavyweight Oscar contenders, Black Panther beat A Star is Born, Bohemian Rhapsody, Crazy Rich Asians and BlacKkKlansman to receive the award for outstanding performance by a cast in a motion picture. It also took out the award for best stunt ensemble, announced prior to the awards telecast, which was hosted by Megan Mullally in Los Angeles on Sunday.

Lupita Nyong’o, from left, Chadwick Boseman, Danai Gurira, Michael B. Jordan, and Andy Serkis poses with the awards for outstanding performance by a cast in a motion picture for “Black Panther” in the press room at the 25th annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at the Shrine Auditorium & Expo Hall on Sunday, Jan. 27, 2019, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

LOS ANGELES, CA – JANUARY 27: Lady Gaga attends the 25th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at The Shrine Auditorium on January 27, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. 480568 (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for Turner)

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Cast of ‘Black Panther’
25th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards, Show, Los Angeles, USA – 27 Jan 2019

Meanwhile, the best actor awards for film went to Glenn Close for The Wife and Rami Malek for his performance as Queen frontman Freddie Mercury in Bohemian Rhapsody.

The SAG Awards are generally considered one of the most reliable bellwethers of the Academy Awards, with best picture winners at the Oscars nearly always winning the corresponding SAG award earlier in the year. But two of this year’s leading Oscar nominees, Roma and The Favourite, were bypassed in the main by the Actor’s Guild. While The Favourite received SAG nominations for its leading female actors, Roma was omitted entirely. Meanwhile, both films landed a massive 10 Oscar nominations each on Tuesday.

Emily Blunt won the award for best female actor in a supporting role in the motion picture section of the awards for her role in the horror film, A Quiet Place, beating Emma Stone and Rachel Weisz, whose performances in The Favourite have caused significant Oscar buzz. Mahershala Ali took home the award for best male supporting actor for his role in Green Book.

Black Panther surprised Marvel Studios and everyone around the world when it became an international phenomenon and has now become the first superhero movie to be nominated for Best Picture at the Oscars. Black Panther was made with a $200 million dollar budget but has been hugely successful, raking in huge salaries for its actors.

Chadwick Boseman made $3 million and Michael B Jordan made $1 million

Below is Chadwick Boseman’s acceptance speech:

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