*Marvel’s “Black Panther” made history AGAIN by winning the SAG Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture over the weekend.
The star of the billion-dollar blockbuster, Chadwick Boseman, took the stage with his fellow castmates to deliver an inspiring speech, in which he said “There is a place for us.”
The film also won Outstanding Action Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Motion Picture.
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.@chadwickboseman: “We know what it’s like to be told there’s not a screen for you to be featured on. We know what it is like to be the tail not the head. We know what it is like to be beneath not above. And that is what we went to work with everyday.” https://t.co/EqojIF2v3l pic.twitter.com/H39nFus5Yi
— Hollywood Reporter (@THR) January 28, 2019
After the ceremony, Boseman posted a photo of the cast holding their trophies; along with the caption, “‘To Be young, gifted and black…’ There is a place for us. Thank you to SAG-AFRTA for the appreciation and celebration of our work.”
The phrase is a reference to Nina Simone’s song of the same title.
During his acceptance speech, Boseman explained, “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, but not the head. We know what it’s like to be beneath, but not above. And that is what we went to work with every day.”
Speaking to reporters backstage, the rising star shared why the phrase “To be young, gifted and black” is one of his favorites.
“It speaks to the fact that you have the same dreams as other people [and] you have equal if not more talent at times, but you don’t have the same opportunities,” the actor explained. “You don’t necessarily have the same doors open, the same nepotism or the same money, the same resources that could be put forward for you to achieve dreams. So when you aspire to do something that is outside the realm of what the world would see you doing, to be young gifted and black is all of that. It’s to have everything but not quite be able to grasp it, and to be able to persevere through all of that.”