The Favourite, A Star Is Born, BlacKkKlansman snubbed at SAG Awards as Black Panther wins big
As Black Panther inched closer to making Oscars history with a win at the Screen Actors Guild Awards, it was a disappointing night for The Favourite and A Star Is Born, which were left empty-handed.
Bradley Cooper’s directorial debut, in which he stars as an alcoholic fading country star opposite Lady Gaga’s aspiring singer-songwriter, led the nominations with four nods but failed to collect any of them.
Cooper was nominated in the leading actor category but lost out to Rami Malek for Bohemian Rhapsody, while Gaga missed out on the leading actress prize in favour of Glenn Close for The Wife.
Sam Elliott, who was nominated in the supporting actor category, was usurped by Mahershala Ali for Green Book, while the cast lost out in the ensemble category to Black Panther.
The Favourite, which received nominations for leading actress Olivia Colman and supporting stars Emma Stone and Rachel Weisz, failed to receive any prizes, as did BlacKkKlansman, which had also been in the running for three.
The Spike Lee movie was nominated for leading actor for John David Washington, supporting actor for Adam Driver and best ensemble, but lost in all categories.
There were also significant snubs in the television categories, with The Handmaid’s Tale, Barry and The Kominsky Method failing to collect any prizes, despite receiving three nominations each.
Meanwhile, it was better news for Black Panther. Star Chadwick Boseman hailed the film’s effect on the industry saying the cast knew they had “something special that we wanted to give the world”.
He and the rest of cast collected the award for an outstanding performance by a cast in a motion picture at the 25th Screen Actors Guild Awards (SAGs).
The film is the first superhero movie to win the best ensemble prize.
Taking to the stage, Boseman said: “Well I’ll be, I didn’t think I was going to have to speak.
“And this cast, this ensemble that when I think of going to work every day and the passion and the intelligence, the resolve, the discipline that everybody showed…
“I also think of two questions we have received during multiple publicity runs, one was, did we know that this movie was going to receive this kind of response, was it going to make a billion dollars and was it still going to be around during awards season?
“And the second question is has it changed the industry? Has it actually changed the way this industry works? How it sees us?
“And 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’s 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.
“Because we knew that we had something special that we wanted to give the world. That we could create a world that exemplified a world that we wanted to see.
He added: “It’s a pleasure to be celebrated by you, to be loved by you. One thing I do know, did it change the industry, you can’t have a Black Panther now without a 2 on it.”
Letitia Wright, who stars in the film and has been treading the boards in The Convert at the Young Vic Theatre, tweeted her congratulations to her cast members.
Also, an emotional Glenn Close paid tribute to her grandmother after picking up the best actress prize at the Screen Actors Guild Awards.
Close was recognised for her role as a spouse living in the shadow of her acclaimed novelist husband in The Wife, in which she stars alongside Welsh actor Jonathan Pryce.
Close, 71, said the film was made before the #MeToo movement rose to prominence but its theme of a woman being unable to achieve her full potential proved to be prescient.
Speaking backstage at Los Angeles’ Shrine Auditorium, she said: “When we made this film, the #MeToo movement didn’t even exist.
“And to have it come out, to talk about the women, like my mom, who – feminism was not in their sensibility. I’m wearing my grandmother’s wedding ring because I found out after she died that the one thing she wanted to be was an actress.
“And she never would’ve been allowed to do that, she was not allowed to do it. And so I feel like I’m fulfilling her dream.”
In The Wife, Close plays Joan Castleman, the beleaguered spouse of brilliant author Professor Joseph Castleman.
While travelling to Stockholm for him to pick up the Nobel Prize, Close’s character questions whether sacrificing her career for her husband’s was worth it.
Close said it was “gob smacking” to see the audience’s reaction when the film premiered at the Toronto Film Festival and that “every single nuance” of the on-screen performances was registered.
She said: “I’m still kind of astounded by it. I chose it very subjectively, I’ve never played a character like this before.
“I think the power of the story is because it’s very specific, it’s about a certain marriage, a very complex relationship and I think the more specific and powerful you can make that relationship, the more people will be moved by it, the more baggage they will be able to bring to it and leave the theatre and think, ‘I’m going to ponder myself’.”
Close, who during a glittering career has starred in films including Fatal Attraction, Reversal Of Fortune and 101 Dalmatians, called for “empathy and understanding” as she collected her prize on Sunday.
The awards are administered by the SAG-AFTRA actors union, which Close said she is “proud” to be a part of.
The prize continues a stellar run for Close, who this awards season has already picked up a Golden Globe and Critics Choice Award for The Wife.
She tied the latter with A Star Is Born’s Lady Gaga. Close is also nominated for a best actress Oscar at next month’s Academy Awards.
Her nomination for The Wife is her seventh, though she has never won.
Here is a full list of winners:
– Outstanding performance by a cast in a motion picture
– Outstanding performance by a male actor in a leading role
Rami Malek (Bohemian Rhapsody)
– Outstanding performance by a female actor in a leading role
Glenn Close (The Wife)
– Outstanding performance by a male actor in a supporting role
Mahershala Ali (Green Book)
– Outstanding performance by a female actor in a supporting role
Emily Blunt (A Quiet Place)
– Outstanding performance by an ensemble in a drama series
This Is Us
– Outstanding performance by an ensemble in a comedy series
The Marvellous Mrs Maisel
– Outstanding performance by a female actor in a drama series
Sandra Oh (Killing Eve)
– Outstanding performance by a male actor in a drama series
Jason Bateman (Ozark)
– Outstanding performance by a female actor in a comedy series
Rachel Brosnahan (The Marvellous Mrs Maisel)
– Outstanding performance by a male actor in a comedy series
Tony Shalhoub (The Marvellous Mrs Maisel)
– Outstanding performance by a female actor in a television movie or limited series
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Patricia Arquette (Escape At Dannemora)
– Outstanding performance by a male actor in a television movie or limited series
Darren Criss (The Assassination Of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story)