, the 43-year-old “Black Panther” star who died in August after a private battle with colon cancer, was posthumously awarded a for the best performance of an actor in a drama for his role in “ . “His wife, Taylor Simone Ledward, accepted the award on his behalf and gave an emotional speech during the virtual awards ceremony on Sunday night.
“He would thank God. He would thank his parents. He would thank his ancestors for their guidance and their sacrifices,” she said, fighting back tears. “He would say something beautiful, something inspiring, something that would amplify that little voice within all that that tells you that you can … that tells you to move on, that brings you back to what you should do right now. In History.”
Boseman was nominated in the drama category along with Riz Ahmed for “Sound of Metal,” Anthony Hopkins for “The Father,” Gary Oldman for “Mank” and Tahar Rahim for “The Mauritanian.”
“Ma Rainey’s Black Background” is a Netflix movie inspired by the true story of the blues legend. And like Ma herself, the movie is big, obscene, and full of music. Boseman played a character named Levee, a talented and tormented musician. While filming the movie, he was also battling colon cancer, which ultimately took his life.
“I don’t have your words, but we have to take every moment to celebrate the ones we love, so thanks to the HFPA for giving me the opportunity to do just that. And baby? Keep coming back,” said Boseman’s wife. .
The late actor rose to fame in the title role of Marvel’s 2018 blockbuster ““as superhero King T’Challa – and he also starred in Spike Lee’s” Da 5 Bloods. “He also played black icons like James Brown, Thurgood Marshall and Jackie Robinson.