If one person didn’t expect to win at last night’s 2017 SAG Awards, it’s Denzel Washington. The Fences star took home his first-ever Screen Actors Guild accolade in the Best Male Actor in a Motion Picture category, besting award season front-runners Casey Affleck and Ryan Gosling for the title.
Washington chatted with E! News’ Zuri Hall about the major career milestone, thanking those who worked behind the camera to make the play-turned-movie possible. “[Late playwright] August Wilson wrote a masterpiece and great roles for all of us,” he shared.
During his acceptance speech, Denzel addressed the crowd: “SAG, listen. We are just actors. I’m famous and all that kind of stuff, but I have the same fear opening night, the fear that anyone has. We all have the same job, and this is not a testament to me,” he said before thanking many behind-the-scenes individuals who “don’t get recognized.”