Black Panther Takes Top Honor at SAG Awards

Glenn Close, Rami Malek won lead acting categories
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jan 28, 2019 12:24 AM CST
Black Panther Takes Top Honor at SAG Awards
Alan Alda poses with the Life Achievement Award 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)

Black Panther took the top award at Sunday's 25th Screen Actors Guild Awards, giving Ryan Coogler's superhero sensation its most significant awards-season honor yet and potentially setting up Wakanda for a major role at next month's Academy Awards. The two leading Oscar nominees—Roma and The Favourite—were bypassed by the actors guild in a best ensemble field that also included BlacKkKlansman, Crazy Rich Asians, Bohemian Rhapsody, and A Star Is Born, the AP reports. The win puts Black Panther squarely in contention for best picture at the Academy Awards, where it's nominated for seven honors. In the last decade, the SAG ensemble winner has gone on to win best picture at the Academy Awards half of the time.

In the lead acting categories, Glenn Close and Rami Malek solidified themselves as frontrunners with wins that followed their triumphs at the Golden Globes. The 71-year-old Close, a seven-time nominee but never an Oscar winner, won best actress for her performance in The Wife. Malek, winning best actor over Christian Bale (Vice) and Bradley Cooper (A Star Is Born) for his performance in Bohemian Rhapsody, dedicated his award to Freddie Mercury. The Amazon series The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel won the first three awards handed out Sunday, sweeping the comedy series awards. Tom Hanks presented the lifetime achievement award to Alan Alda, who in July revealed that he had been living with Parkinson's disease for more than three years. Click for a full list of winners.

(Read more Screen Actors Guild stories.)

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