It’s winter, which means award show season is in full swing! On January 27, the SAG Awards took place in Los Angeles, crowning winners and bringing forward safe bets for the upcoming Oscars. The SAG winners – Screen Actors Guild Awards – are selected by 2,100 members of the guild. Many consider the prize particularly prestigious, as the awards come from fellow actors and industry members. Here are the main highlights from the 25th SAG Awards!
The Biggest Winners of The SAG Awards 2019
There’s no doubt that the biggest winners of the night were the cast of Black Panther, who won Best Ensemble; it’s the equivalent to the Oscars’ Best Feature Award. This win marked a double record: it is the first superhero movie, and the biggest box office hit to have ever won this award.
Chadwick Boseman, who played T’Challa – aka the Black Panther himself – did not expect to win. But the win certainly set a high bar for casting in future Hollywood blockbusters. Boseman knows the entire cast are role models for African-Americans in America, and in the Hollywood industry in particular. Of the win, he said, “We all 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’s not a screen for you to be featured on, a stage for you to be featured on.’ We know what’s it like to be the tail and not the head. We know what it’s like to be beneath and not above.”
A Night Filled With Touching Moments
After winning The Golden Globes’ Best Actress In A TV Series, Sandra Oh went on to collect the prize for Outstanding Female Actor in a Drama Series in her role in Killing Eve. She thanked her peers and cast mates throughout her acting career for their help. In the emotional speech, she said, “I have felt your support so tremendously in the past years.”
Emily Blunt won the Best Actress In A Supporting Role title for her role in A Quiet Place. Directed and starring her real-life husband, John Krasinski, Blunt thanked him during her touching speech, and shared her win with him. Blunt also received a nomination for Female Actor in a Leading Role, for her part in Mary Poppins Returns. However, she lost that award to Glenn Close for her performance in The Wife.
Another heartfelt moment was when Alan Alda, one of Hollywood’s most legendary actors, received a SAG prize for Life Achievement Award. The audience were all up on their feet, giving the actor a long standing ovation. Over his illustrious career, Alda earned iconic roles in shows like M*A*S*H, E.R., and West Wing, among others.
“Hollywood Managed To Get A Few Things Right”
Another hilarious moment during the night occurred when Tracy Morgan presented the Best Ensemble In Comedy: he almost let slip the winner before the introduction of the nominees! He attributed glitch to his 2014 car crash, laughing it off with good humor.
Another hilarious, yet topical, moment during the night was made by Will & Grace star, Megan Mullally, who hosted the awards. In her graceful way, she called out Hollywood producers for casting white actors in non-white parts. She joked, “Hollywood did manage to get a few things right: they cast black people in Black Panther, Asians in Crazy Rich Asians and a green book in Green Book,” she said. She continued her joke, “You know there was some executive saying, ‘Could the book be white?'”
See the full list of winners here.