Brits snubbed as Black Panther takes top prize at Screen Actors Guild

Angela Basset, Lupita Nyong'o and Danai Gurira, Winners of Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture for "Black Panther". (Photo by Sarah Morris/Getty Images)
Angela Basset, Lupita Nyong'o and Danai Gurira, Winners of Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture for "Black Panther". (Photo by Sarah Morris/Getty Images)
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Comic book movie Black Panther has won the biggest prize of the night at the Screen Actors Guild Awards, where British hopefuls were mainly left empty-handed.

The superhero juggernaut, which was a global smash hit at the box office, took the prize for best ensemble cast in a motion picture, the ceremony’s version of the best picture gong.

Sterling K. Brown, Angela Bassett, Lupita Nyong'o, Chadwick Boseman, Danai Gurira, Michael B. Jordan, and Andy Serkis pose in the press room with awards for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture in 'Black Panther' during the 25th Annual Screen Actors�Guild Awards at The Shrine Auditorium on January 27, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. 480645  (Photo by Gregg DeGuire/Getty Images for Turner)

Sterling K. Brown, Angela Bassett, Lupita Nyong'o, Chadwick Boseman, Danai Gurira, Michael B. Jordan, and Andy Serkis pose in the press room with awards for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture in 'Black Panther' during the 25th Annual Screen Actors�Guild Awards at The Shrine Auditorium on January 27, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. 480645 (Photo by Gregg DeGuire/Getty Images for Turner)

Chadwick Boseman, who plays the title role, collected the gong alongside co-stars including Michael B Jordan, Lupita Nyong’o and Danai Gurira.

Addressing if the film has changed the industry, he said: “My answer to that is...to be young, gifted and black.

“Because all of us up here know what it’s like to be told 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 is not a screen for you to be featured on, a stage for you to be featured on.

“We know what it’s like to be the tail and not the head, to be beneath and not above and that is what we went to work with every day. We knew that we had something special that we wanted to give the world.”

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Glenn Close beat The Favourite star Olivia Colman to take home the best actress prize for her role in The Wife, while Rami Malek defeated Vice star Christian Bale to take the best actor prize for playing Freddie Mercury in Bohemian Rhapsody.

The lone British winner was Emily Blunt, who scored the best supporting actress prize for her role in A Quiet Place, which was directed and co-starred her husband John Krasinski.

Visibly shocked as she collected her gong, she said: “Oh my goodness me. Guys, that truly has completely blown my slicked hair back.

“Thank you so so much, I’m so moved and completely lost for words and unprepared.

“I am going to share this completely with my husband, John Krasinski, because the entire experience of doing this with you has completely pierced by heart directly, you are a stunning filmmaker.

“I am so lucky to work with you and to have done this film with you, thank you for giving me the part, you would have been in major trouble if you hadn’t so you didn’t really have an option.”

She also paid tribute to their two daughters Hazel and Violet, who she referred to as the “little poems in our lives” and joked they would have to be 45 before they could see the film.

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Mahershala Ali took home the gong for outstanding performance by a male actor in a supporting role for his part in Green Book, beating out British hopeful Richard E Grant.

In the television categories Amazon Prime series The Marvellous Mrs Maisel swept the comedy prizes, taking the award for best ensemble in a comedy series, as well as outstanding performance by a female actor in a comedy series for Rachel Brosnahan and male actor in a comedy series for Tony Shalhoub.

The prize for best ensemble in a TV drama went to This Is Us, while Jason Bateman won the male actor prize for Ozark and Sandra Oh won the female actor prize for Killing Eve.