Watch Chadwick Boseman’s Moving Speech About The Impact Of “Black Panther”

"We know what it's like to be beneath and not above."

With Black Panther already making history as the first superhero film nominated for Best Picture at the Academy Awards, it seems the the film is now well on their way to winning that coveted gold. How? Well, the cast just got recognized in a huge way: by taking home the top prize at the 2019 Screen Actors Guild Awards.

Chadwick Boseman, who plays the titular Wakandian protector, stepped up to deliver a very moving acceptance speech for the best cast in a motion picture category.

"To be young, gifted, and Black, 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," the 41-year-old actor said. "We know what it's like to be told, to say 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 and not the head. We know what it's like to be beneath and not above."

Boseman noted that he and the rest of the cast showed up to work every single day with this in mind because they knew — not that the film would make a ton of money (raking in nearly $1.35 billion at the worldwide box office, according to Box Office Mojo) or that it would be an awards juggernaut (with seven total Oscar nominations, per IMDb) — that it they "had something special that [they] wanted to give the world."

"[We knew] that we could create a world that exemplified a world that we wanted to see," Boseman concluded.

Definitely keep an eye on Black Panther and its all-star cast.

Cover image via Kathy Hutchins / Shutterstock.


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