Black Panther continues to make strides. The movie won Best Film Ensemble at the SAG awards. Star Chadwick Boseman delivered an iconic moment with his acceptance speech.
Boseman accepted the award on their behalf, delivering a searing speech about the film’s meteoric rise and referencing Nina Simone’s classic song “To Be Young, Gifted, and Black.”
“Well, I’ll be,” declared Chadwick Boseman while accepting the biggest award at Sunday evening’s SAGs ceremony. “I didn’t think I was gonna have to speak.”
“When I think of going to work every day and the passion and the intelligence, the resolve, the discipline that everybody showed, I also think of two questions that we all have received during the course of multiple publicity runs,” Boseman told the audience. “One is: Did we know that this movie was going to receive this kind of response? Meaning, was it going to make a billion dollars? Was it going to still be around during this awards season?”
“The second question is: Has it changed the industry?” he continued. “Has it actually changed the way this industry works [and] how it sees us? And my answer to that is: ‘To be young, gifted, and black.’”
Backstage after the ceremony, Boseman expanded on his speech and why “To Be Young, Gifted, and Black” is one of his favorite sayings and his favorite songs.
“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,” he told reporters. “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.”