Saturday, October 23, 2021

Chadwick Boseman Says ‘There Is A Place For Us’ After ‘Black Panther’ SAG Win

black panther cast - winners at 2019 sag awards
Black Panther cast wins at 2019 SAG Awards / Getty Images

*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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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.”

 

Ny MaGee
Ny MaGee is a screenwriter and freelance reporter from Chicago -- currently living in Los Angeles and covering A-list entertainment for various outlets, including Emmys.com. She has worked for: Miramax, MTV & VH1, The Jim Henson Company, Hallmark Channel, Paramount Pictures, and for iconic indie film producer Roger Corman.

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