"Young, gifted and black."
Black Panther may have not taken home an award at the Golden Globes a few weeks back but they sure pulled in a lot of love at this past weekend's Screen Actors Guild Awards. The Marvel film won Best Film Ensemble, one of the most prestigious awards of the night, and the speech delivered by the main actor, Chadwick Boseman, was a powerful one, to say the least.
"We all know what it’s like to be told that 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," Chadwick told the audience.
"We know what it’s like to be the tail and not the head. We know what it’s like to be beneath and not above. And that is what we went to work with every day...We knew that we had something special that we wanted to give the world, that we could be full human beings in the roles that we were playing, that we could create a world that exemplified a world that we wanted to see.”
Black Panther has a few nominations for the upcoming Oscar awards and while people may think a nomination is enough, an official win speaks volumes.
“Did [Black Panther] change the industry?” Boseman said. “You can’t have a Black Panther now without a 2 on it."