History was made Sunday as all four of the film-based Screen Actors Guild awards went to people of color for the very first time. “Minari” star Yuh-Jung Youn won best supporting actress and became the first Asian woman to take home an individual film award.
“I don't know how to describe my feelings,” Youn said during her acceptance speech. “I've been recognized by Westerners. It is very, very honored, especially by my fellow actors who choose me as a supporting actress.”
Viola Davis took home her fifth SAG Award for ‘Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom,’ and during her acceptance speech she thanked activists like the film’s playwright August Wilson.
“Thank you August for leaving a legacy to actors of color that we can relish for the rest of our lives,” she said.
Chadwick Boseman was the final actor of color to take home a film award, and the late actor’s widow, Simone Ledward Boseman, used the moment to stress the importance of supporting underrepresented characters.
“If you see the world unbalanced, be a crusader that pushes heavily on the see-saw of the mind,” she said. “That's a quote by Chadwick Boseman.”
Boseman’s ‘Black Panther’ co-star Daniel Daniel Kaluuya also took home an award for his work in the film, "Judas and the Black Messiah."