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“BLACK PANTHER” WINS SAG AWARD FOR TOP MOVIE CAST
NEW YORK (AP) – Wakanda took another step toward being forever remembered this awards season. The Ryan Coogler superhero movie has picked up a key award, winning for top movie cast at the Screen Actors Guild awards last night. The win is the biggest for “Black Panther” so far – and raises its hopes for an even bigger night next month at the Academy Awards. The rise of Black Panther at the SAG Awards also means that the two leading Oscar nominees, “Roma” and “The Favourite,” lost the ensemble award. Other movies in the field last night were “BlacKkKlansman,” ”Crazy Rich Asians,” ”Bohemian Rhapsody” and “A Star Is Born.”
CHADWICK BOSEMAN: “BLACK PANTHER” IS SPECIAL
LOS ANGELES (AP) – Chadwick Boseman says a question he and other cast members of “Black Panther” were asked while promoting the superhero film – was how much of an impact did they think it would have on the movie industry. Boseman says his answer now is, “To be young gifted and black.” The quote of the old Nina Simone song was a theme for Boseman as he accepted on behalf of the cast led by director Ryan Coogler. Boseman said the cast knew what it was like “to be told there isn’t a screen for you to be featured on, a stage for you to be featured on” and “what’s like to be beneath and not above.” Boseman said the cast knew it could “create a world that exemplified a world we wanted to see.” The win at the Screen Actors Guild Awards for best ensemble puts “Black Panther” in a strong position for best picture at the Oscars. Actors make up the largest percentage of the academy, so their preferences can have a big effect on the Oscar race. In the last decade, the SAG ensemble winner has gone on to win best picture at the Academy Awards half of the time.
SAG AWARDS – ACTING CATEGORIES
LOS ANGELES (AP) – Glenn Close and Rami Malek have put together back-to-back victories as the Oscars near. Close put herself in position to pull off her first-ever Oscar win by capturing the SAG Award for her performance in “The Wife” – after winning in the same category at the Golden Globes. In her acceptance speech, she spoke about the power of movies in a day where many people watch on smaller screens like TV, smartphones and tablets. She says one of the most powerful things for humans “are two eyes looking into two eyes.” Malek won for his portrayal of Queen lead singer Freddie Mercury in “Bohemian Rhapsody.” Malek dedicated his award to Mercury – just as he did when he won the Golden Globes earlier this month.
SCREEN ACTORS GUILD AWARDS – OTHER WINNERS
LOS ANGELES (AP) – She wasn’t among the Oscar nominees for best supporting actress. But Emily Blunt can claim a big honor this awards season. She won for best supporting actress for her work in “A Quiet Place.” She said the victory blew her “slicked hair back” – before thanking her husband, John Krasinski, who cast her in the film. She also joked that her husband “would have been in major trouble”‘ if he hadn’t given her the part. Best supporting actor in a film went to Mahershala Ali who won for “Green Book.” Two years ago, he won for “Moonlight.” Meanwhile. the Amazon series “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” won the first three awards of the night, sweeping the TV comedy category. It won best ensemble in a comedy, as well as individual honors for Rachel Brosnahan and Tony Shalhoub. Other TV winners were “This is Us” for best TV drama ensemble – and actors Sandra Oh for “Killing Eve,” Darren Criss for “Assassination of Gianni Versace”, Jason Bateman for “Ozark” – and Patricia Arquette for “Escape at Dannemora”.
ALAN ALDA RECEIVES LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT HONOR AT SCREEN ACTORS GUILD AWARDS
LOS ANGELES (AP) – Alan Alda says in these divided times, it’s more urgent than ever that actors help people “see the world through another person’s eyes.” And as he received a lifetime honor from the Screen Actors Guild last night, Alda said the nicest part is that acting is fun. He encouraged his fellow performers to “stay playful.” Alda is 83, and recently disclosed he has Parkinson’s disease. says he has never been prouder to be in the brotherhood and sisterhood of actors.
SCREEN ACTORS GUILD AWARDS – LIST
LOS ANGELES (AP) – Winners at the 25th annual Screen Actors Guild awards, presented Sunday at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles:
Actress: Glenn Close, “The Wife”
Actor: Rami Malek, “Bohemian Rhapsody”
Ensemble: “Black Panther”
Actress in a supporting role: Emily Blunt, “A Quiet Place”
Actor in a supporting role: Mahershala Ali, “Green Book”
Stunt Ensemble: “Black Panther”
Actor in a comedy series: Tony Shalhoub, “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”
Actress in a comedy series: Rachel Brosnahan, “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”
Comedy series ensemble: “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”
Actor in a drama series: Jason Bateman, “Ozark”
Actress in a drama series: Sandra Oh, “Killing Eve”
Drama series ensemble: “This Is Us”
Actor in a TV movie or limited series: Darren Criss, “The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story”
Actress in a limited TV movie or series: Patricia Arquette, “Escape at Dannemora”
TV Stunt Ensemble: “GLOW”
Life Achievement: Alan Alda
NEW YORK (AP) – No change at the top on the current box office list. For the second straight weekend, “Glass” is the top movie. M. Night Shyamalan’s movie held on to first place in what was a quiet weekend in movie theaters. That kind of quiet wasn’t what Matthew McConaughey was hoping for – as he posted one of the worst movie debuts of his career. His movie “Serenity” flopped – opening eighth with under $5 million in ticket sales. Meanwhile, remaining second is Kevin Hart’s “The Upside.” And those Oscar-nominated movies still in theaters got only modest bounces.
“RENT” ACTOR INJURED IN REHEARSAL, TAPED SCENES SHOWN
NEW YORK (AP) – The show went on for “Rent” last night, to be sure. But it wasn’t as live as it was supposed to be. The reason: an injury to one of the stars of the musical. Brennin Hunt, who plays the role of rock star Roger Davis, broke his right foot during rehearsal Saturday. And because Hunt couldn’t go last night, the Fox broadcast ended up using the pre-taped show, switching to live action only for the finale. Hunt played the part in “Rent” originated by Adam Pascal. Meanwhile, “Rent” fans got to see some of the stars of the original in cameos, including Idina Menzel, Anthony Rapp and Taye Diggs.
MICHAEL LEGRAND, OSCAR-WINNING COMPOSER, DIES AT 86
PARIS (AP) – Michael Legrand made a big mark by winning an Oscar for composing music for the 1968 film “The Thomas Crown Affair” – and continued to make music with some of the biggest names in the industry. He was on stage as recently last month – and was still composing and practicing his craft until his death on Saturday. Legrand was 86. During his career, he worked with artists from Frank Sinatra to Aretha Franklin to Sting.
“AMERICA’S MOST WANTED” FUGITIVE ARRESTED AFTER STANDOFF IN FLORIDA
PALM COAST, Fla. (AP) – Authorities say a Virginia fugitive who was featured on “America’s Most Wanted” two decades ago has been arrested. The sheriff’s office in Flagler County says 46-year-old Michael Eugene Moore was taken into custody after a three-hour standoff with deputies in Florida. Moore was on “America’s Most Wanted” after being accused of repeatedly stabbing his wife and abducting their 5-year-old daughter in March, 1966. The girl was found in Miami weeks later – but Moore remained on the lam until now.
TOM BROKAW APOLOGY
NEW YORK (AP) – NBC’s Tom Brokaw says he feels terrible that he offended some Hispanics with comments he made on “Meet the Press” yesterday. The former “NBC Nightly News” anchor took part in a discussion about President Trump’s proposed border wall – and the fear many Republicans have that Hispanics will all become Democrats. Brokaw suggested Hispanics should work harder at assimilating into American life. He also said many immigration opponents say, when pressed, that they don’t want “brown grandbabies.” Julio Ricardo Varela, a journalist who founded the Latino Rebels website, said on Twitter that Brokaw’s comments were factually incorrect and xenophobic.
by Oscar Wells Gabriel II
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