The late ‘Black Panther’ star won the award for Best Actor in a Motion Picture Drama at the 78th edition of the Golden Globes – which ran virtually amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.

His role as jazz trumpeter, Levee, in Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom secured his victory over reputable nominees in the category – the likes of Gary Oldman and Academy award winner, Anthony Hopkins.

Chadwick Boseman in Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom (a 2020 movie)

Accepting the award on his behalf was his wife, Simone Ledward Boseman. She started with an emotional speech, listing people Boseman would have thanked like costar Viola Davis and producer Denzel Washington.

“He would thank God. He would thank his parents. He would thank his ancestors for their guidance and their sacrifices. He would say something beautiful, something inspiring, something that would amplify that little voice inside all of us that tells us you can, that tells you to keep going, that calls you back to what you are meant to be doing at this moment in history,” she went on to say.

78th ANNUAL GOLDEN GLOBE AWARDS — Pictured in this screen grab: Simone Ledward Boseman (R) accepts the award for Best Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama for “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom” on behalf of Chadwick Boseman at the 78th Annual Golden Globe Awards on February 28, 2021. — (Photo by: NBC)

This would be the first Golden Globe win by the late actor, making him the first Black posthumous winner in an acting category. 

Boseman lost a battle to colon cancer six months ago. Despite his late start in the industry, he has amassed accolades for his ethics and brilliantly acted on-screen roles.

Other winners at the Golden Globe award ceremony include John Boyega and fellow Black Panther cast Daniel Kaluuya. Check out the full list of winners here.


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