Denzel Washington Wins First-Ever SAG Award for ‘Fences’ (Video)

Legendary actor Denzel Washington caught a huge break at the SAG Awards. The Oscar and Emmy award winner finally scored his first Screen Actors Guild victory for his leading role in the film adaptation of Fences.

Washington won Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Motion Picture at the 2017 SAG Awards on Sunday.

Nominated three times before for his roles in The Hurricane, Training Day, and Flight, the actor had previously lost out to Kevin Spacey, Russell Crowe, and Daniel Day-Lewis.

“You know, I am a God-fearing man. I’m supposed to have faith, but I didn’t have faith,” Washington said. “God bless you all, all the other actors. I’d say, ‘You know, young boys are going to win, you ain’t going to win.’ So I didn’t even prepare. But I am prepared!”

Washington plays Troy Maxson, a 1950s working class family man and former baseball player in the film, adapted from the 1983 play by August Wilson.

Washington took home the prestigious award over other major nominees, including Casey Affleck (Manchester by the Sea), Andrew Garfield (Hacksaw Ridge), Ryan Gosling (La La Land), and Viggo Mortensen (Captain Fantastic).