Girl Power! Danai Gurira Is Your People's Choice Awards Action Movie Star of 2018

By Stephanie Wenger Nov 12, 2018 2:42 AMTags

We can't get enough of watching Danai Gurira so it comes as no surprise that the 40-year-old performer was named the Action Movie Star of 2018 at the E! People's Choice Awards tonight.

It's clear that audiences loved seeing the New York University graduate transform into Okoye in Black Panther.

After it was announced that Gurira was the Action Movie Star of 2018 for her work in the hit Marvel movie, she took the stage to speak out about being a woman in a female dominated category. 

"Thank you for affirming that women and girls when they are given the chance to hang with the boys, can hang with the best of them. Thank you!" the actress shared.

The Marvel star also took time to thank Ryan Coogler, director of Black Panther, for believing in her and all women.

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"I have to give love and appreciation to Mr. Ryan Coogler, the storyteller behind this, and for giving me this role and entrusting women to be collaborators, to be front and center and to have space and tell a story with him," she continued. "Thank you very much, Mr. Coogler."

In Black Panther, Gurira takes on the role of Okoye, who is the leader of the Dora Milaje, a militant order which protects the King of Wakanda, and one of T'Challa's (Boseman) closest advisers. 

The Walking Dead actress beat out her costar Chadwick Boseman as well as Chris Hemsworth for Avengers: Infinity WarRyan Reynolds for Deadpool 2 and Chris Pratt for Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom to take home the trophy for the Action Star of 2018 at the PCAs. 

Black Panther is also up for Movie of 2018 and Action Movie of 2018 at the People's Choice Awards.