The Academy Awards are less than a month away. 

In what has proven to be a highly unpredictable awards season, science fiction thriller Black Panther gained major traction on Sunday night by winning big at the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) awards. 

The cast won for outstanding performance by an ensemble in a motion picture at the 25th SAG Awards on Sunday night. 

The film is the first superhero movie to win the best ensemble prize.

Star Chadwick Boseman talked about the cultural significance of the film's success and referenced the Nina Simone song, "To be Young, Gifted and Black."

"We knew that we had something special, that we could create a world that exemplified a world that we wanted to see," Boseman said.

Bradley Cooper’s directorial debut A Star Is Born, in which he stars as an alcoholic country star on a downward spiral opposite Lady Gaga’s aspiring singer-songwriter, led the nominations with four nods but didn't pick up any on the night. 

The Favourite, which received nominations for leading actress Olivia Colman and supporting stars Emma Stone and Rachel Weisz, failed to receive any prizes, as did BlacKkKlansman, which had also been in the running for three.

Glenn Close won for performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role for the film The Wife.

Speaking backstage at the event, Close referenced how “When we made this film, the #MeToo movement didn’t even exist."

“And to have it come out, to talk about the women, like my mom, who – feminism was not in their sensibility. I’m wearing my grandmother’s wedding ring because I found out after she died that the one thing she wanted to be was an actress.

“And she never would’ve been allowed to do that, she was not allowed to do it. And so I feel like I’m fulfilling her dream.”

Rami Malek took home the Male Actor in a Leading Role gong for his portrayal of Freddie Mercury in Bohemian Rhapsody.

Solidifying his frontrunner status for an Oscar next month, Mahershala Ali won for Male Actor in a Supporting Role for Green Book.

Emily Blunt – who is currently in cinemas portraying iconic childhood nanny Mary Poppins – picked up the award for Female Actor in a Supporting Role for her performance in A Quiet Place.

This year's Oscars – which is famously set to go ahead hostless amidst scandals revolving around Kevin Hart– will air live on 25 February at 1am Irish time. 

The full list of nominations can be read here