"Black Panther" took the top award at Sunday's 25th Screen Actors Guild Awards, giving Ryan Coogler's superhero sensation its most significant honor yet and potentially setting it up for more wins at the Academy Awards.
Jordan, Lupita Nyong'o, Angela Bassett, Winston Duke and more were on hand to accept the award, launching out of their seats when presenter Jodie Foster announced the victor.
The SAG Awards recognise outstanding performances in film and prime time television as decided by the Screen Actors Guild‐American Federation of Television and Radio Artists - basically, it's actors voting for actors. "The second question is, 'Has it changed the industry?"
Star Chadwick Boseman talked about the cultural significance of the film's success and referenced the Nina Simone song, "To be Young, Gifted and Black". Has it actually changed the way the industry works; how it sees us.
His response was met with a round of applause, as he said: "To be young, gifted and black".
Boseman continued, "We know what it's like to be beneath and not above".
Marvel's Black Panther debuted right at the beginning of 2018 and then casually went on to smash the box office and make a bit of history along the way, earning $1.3 billion worldwide en route to becoming the first comic book movie nominated for a Best Picture Oscar. "We knew that we could create a world that exemplified a world we wanted to see". The 71-year-old Close, a seven-time nominee but never an Oscar victor, won best actress for her performance in The Wife. "That will give us empathy and understanding", Close added. "I couldn't be luckier to be a part of this wonderful group of artists".
"I think of all of us sitting in the room and all of you watching on TV, all of you who haven't had the chances that we've had and I salute you with this!" she said.
In Boseman's SAG speech on Sunday, the show tried to cut him off by playing the not-so-subtle get-off-the-stage music, but the actor remained determined to finish his point. "I get some power from him that is about stepping up and living your best life and being exactly who you want to be", Malek said of Mercury.