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'Black Panther' takes top Screen Actors Guild awards prize, elevating Oscar chances

Updated : January 28, 2019 02:07 PM IST

Superhero film "Black Panther," heralded for its mainly black cast and vibrant celebration of African culture, won the top Screen Actors Guild award on Sunday, boosting its stature ahead of next month's Oscars ceremony.

"Black Panther" from Walt Disney Co's Marvel Studios was named best movie ensemble in a surprise triumph over favorite "A Star is Born," the Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga musical revival, which ended the night without any SAG trophies.

Glenn Close was honored as best film actress for playing a devoted spouse in Sony Pictures film "The Wife." Rami Malek won best film actor for his portrayal of Queen lead singer Freddie Mercury in "Bohemian Rhapsody," released by 21st Century Fox.

The awards from SAG-AFTRA, Hollywood's largest actors' union, are closely watched because actors form the largest voting group in the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, which hands out the Oscars.

"Black Panther" has been embraced by audiences, becoming the second highest grossing movie at worldwide box offices in 2018, and applauded as a milestone for diversity in Hollywood.

25th Screen Actors Guild Awards - Show - Los Angeles, California, US, January 27, 2019 - Cast member Chadwick Boseman speaks on behalf of the cast of Black Panther after the film won Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture. REUTERS/Mike Blake
25th Screen Actors Guild Awards - Show - Los Angeles, California, US, January 27, 2019 - Cast member Chadwick Boseman speaks on behalf of the cast of Black Panther after the film won Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture. REUTERS/Mike Blake
25th Screen Actors Guild Awards - Show - Los Angeles, California, US, January 27, 2019 - Actor Glenn Close reacts with presenter Gary Oldman after winning Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role in a Motion Picture for her work in The Wife. REUTERS/Mike Blake
25th Screen Actors Guild Awards - Show - Los Angeles, California, US, January 27, 2019 - Actor Glenn Close reacts with presenter Gary Oldman after winning Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role in a Motion Picture for her work in The Wife. REUTERS/Mike Blake
25th Screen Actors Guild Awards – Photo Room – Los Angeles, California, US, January 27, 2019 - Rami Malek poses backstage with his Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role award for
25th Screen Actors Guild Awards – Photo Room – Los Angeles, California, US, January 27, 2019 - Rami Malek poses backstage with his Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role award for "Bohemian Rhapsody". REUTERS/Monica Almeida 
25th Screen Actors Guild Awards - Show - Los Angeles, California, US, January 27, 2019 - Cast member Chadwick Boseman speaks on behalf of the cast of Black Panther after the film won Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture. REUTERS/Mike Blake
25th Screen Actors Guild Awards - Show - Los Angeles, California, US, January 27, 2019 - Cast member Chadwick Boseman speaks on behalf of the cast of Black Panther after the film won Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture. REUTERS/Mike Blake
25th Screen Actors Guild Awards - Show - Los Angeles, California, US, January 27, 2019 - Cast member Angela Bassett celebrates on behalf of the cast of Black Panther after the film won Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture. REUTERS/Mike Blake
25th Screen Actors Guild Awards - Show - Los Angeles, California, US, January 27, 2019 - Cast member Angela Bassett celebrates on behalf of the cast of Black Panther after the film won Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture. REUTERS/Mike Blake
25th Screen Actors Guild Awards - Show - Los Angeles, California, US, January 27, 2019 - Actor Rachel Brosnahan reacts after winning Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series for her work in The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel. REUTERS/Mike Blake
25th Screen Actors Guild Awards - Show - Los Angeles, California, US, January 27, 2019 - Actor Rachel Brosnahan reacts after winning Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series for her work in The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel. REUTERS/Mike Blake
25th Screen Actors Guild Awards - Show - Los Angeles, California, US, January 27, 2019 - Actor Tony Shalhoub speaks after winning Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series for his work in The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel . REUTERS/Mike Blake
25th Screen Actors Guild Awards - Show - Los Angeles, California, US, January 27, 2019 - Actor Tony Shalhoub speaks after winning Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series for his work in The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel . REUTERS/Mike Blake
25th Screen Actors Guild Awards – Arrivals – Los Angeles, California, US, January 27, 2019 - Jason Ralph and Rachel Brosnahan pose. REUTERS/Monica Almeida
25th Screen Actors Guild Awards – Arrivals – Los Angeles, California, US, January 27, 2019 - Jason Ralph and Rachel Brosnahan pose. REUTERS/Monica Almeida
25th Screen Actors Guild Awards – Photo Room – Los Angeles, California, US, January 27, 2019 - Alan Alda poses backstage with his Life Achievement Award. REUTERS/Monica Almeida
25th Screen Actors Guild Awards – Photo Room – Los Angeles, California, US, January 27, 2019 - Alan Alda poses backstage with his Life Achievement Award. REUTERS/Monica Almeida
25th Screen Actors Guild Awards – Photo Room – Los Angeles, California, US, January 27, 2019 - Mahershala Ali poses backstage with his Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role award for
25th Screen Actors Guild Awards – Photo Room – Los Angeles, California, US, January 27, 2019 - Mahershala Ali poses backstage with his Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role award for "Green Book". REUTERS/Monica Almeida
25th Screen Actors Guild Awards – Photo Room – Los Angeles, California, US, January 27, 2019 - Justin Hartley, Chrissy Metz, Mandy Moore and Milo Ventimiglia pose backstage with their Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series for
25th Screen Actors Guild Awards – Photo Room – Los Angeles, California, US, January 27, 2019 - Justin Hartley, Chrissy Metz, Mandy Moore and Milo Ventimiglia pose backstage with their Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series for "This Is Us".
25th Screen Actors Guild Awards – Photo Room – Los Angeles, California, US, January 27, 2019 - Sandra Oh poses backstage with her Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series award for
25th Screen Actors Guild Awards – Photo Room – Los Angeles, California, US, January 27, 2019 - Sandra Oh poses backstage with her Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series award for "Killing Eve". REUTERS/Monica Almeida
25th Screen Actors Guild Awards – Photo Room – Los Angeles, California, US, January 27, 2019 - Jason Bateman poses backstage with his Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series award for
25th Screen Actors Guild Awards – Photo Room – Los Angeles, California, US, January 27, 2019 - Jason Bateman poses backstage with his Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series award for "Ozark". REUTERS/Monica Almeida
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