Chadwick Boseman's wife accepts award on his behalf at the Gotham Awards

Wednesday, January 13
Ciarán Mather

The widow of the late actor Chadwick Boseman accepted a posthumous award for her husband at the 30th Annual Gotham Awards last night.

Simone Ledward Boseman was overcome with emotion when she accepted the Gotham Awards Tribute Prize on his behalf, and delivered a moving speech in memory of her late spouse.

Simone said about her husband: 'He is the most honest person I’d ever met. He actively searched for it, in himself, those around him and the moment. The truth can be a very easy thing for the self to avoid. '

'But if one does not live in truth, then it’s impossible to live life.'

She added: 'So it became how he lived his life, day in and day out. Imperfect but determined. He was blessed to live many lives within his concentrated one.'

'He developed his understanding of what it meant to be the one, the none and the all. ‘A vessel to be poured into and out of,’ he’d said.'

She concluded her speech by saying: 'Chad, thank you. Keep shining your light on us.'

Boseman, who was best known for playing the Marvel superhero Black Panther in four film appearances between 2016 and 2019, died back in August of 2020 following a private four-year battle with colon cancer at the age of 43.

Following his death, various celebrities and fans took to social media to express their sympathies at his tragic passing.

He was also known for his roles in films such as Get On Up, 42, Da 5 Bloods and Message from the King, and his role as Jazz musician Levee in the upcoming film Ma Rainey's Black Bottom has sparked rumours that he may receive a posthumous Oscar.

Arguably the two most notable Posthumous Oscar acting winners have included Peter Finch for the 1976 film Network and Heath Ledger for his role as the sadistic comic book villain The Joker in 2008's The Dark Knight.

Other nominees over the years have included James Dean, Jeanne Eagles, Spencer Tracy, Ralph Richardson and Massimo Troisi.

In an ironic twist, Gotham is coincidentally also the name of the city that Batman, another superhero, protects… perhaps Boseman was always meant to inspire others as a superhero, both on and off screen?

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