"To be young, gifted and black ― we all know what it's like to be told there is not a place for you to be featured, yet you are young, gifted and black", he said. We know what it's like to be beneath and not above.
"One [question] is, 'Did we know that this movie was going to receive this kind of response, '" Boseman explained. "We knew that we had something to give".
Actors easily make up the largest percentage of the academy, so their preferences can have an especially large impact on the Oscar race.
He ended his brief speech by shifting from the power of acting to its joy. That we could be full humans beings in the roles that we were playing. "Film is the only art form that allows us the close-up".
For best actor, Rami Malek's star-making turn as Queen frontman Freddie Mercury in "Bohemian Rhapsody" was rewarded - over Christian Bale's work in another biopic, as former United States vice president Dick Cheney in "Vice".
Malek dedicated the award for his performance in "Bohemian Rhapsody" to Mercury, as he did at the Golden Globes. Singer has denied the claims.
Blunt's win was a shock, particularly for the actress, herself. She wasn't among Tuesday's Oscar nominees for either film.
"Thank you for giving me the part - you would have been in major trouble if you hadn't", she quipped at Krasinski.
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Instead, the 25th annual SAG awards kept the spotlight squarely on the winners, in a way likely to fill Academy Award organizers with envy. Barry, Glow, The Handmaid's Tale and The Kominsky Method followed close behind with three nominations each.
"You can not imagine the incredibly wonderful feeling it is to work alongside these people", Shalhoub, who plays the lovably pedantic father of the title character, said as he was surrounded by show's cast onstage.
"SAG also recognized M*A*S*H" TV star Alan Alda with a lifetime achievement award. The 83-year-old actor took the stage to a standing ovation while the theme to "M.A.S.H" played.
"I see more than ever now how proud I am to be a part of our brotherhood and sisterhood of actors", said Alda. That we could create a world that exemplified a world we wanted to see. When a culture is divided so sharply, actors can help - a least a little - just by doing what we do.
"My wish for all of us is let's stay playful, lets have fun and let's keep searching", Alda added.
Jason Bateman won best actor honors for dark Netflix drama "Ozark", while Sandra Oh triumphed for her work on BBC America drama "Killing Eve". TNT and TBS subscribers can also watch live using the networks' websites, mobile apps, and connected device apps (Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire). It also took out the award for best stunt ensemble, announced prior to the awards telecast, which was hosted by Megan Mullally in Los Angeles on Sunday.
Despite four nominations, Oscars frontrunner A Star is Born failed to pick up an award.
The show opened with thunderous applause for The Cosby Show actor, Geoffrey Owens.
Lady Gaga - who has been captivating audiences with her wardrobe at various awards shows - went for an atypically subdued look that popped.