Chadwick Boseman, known for his role as superhero Black Panther, died in August at the age of 43. Boseman had a private battle with colon cancer and lost against it this past August. He had been fighting colon cancer since 2016; the diagnoses came the same year he was filming his Marvel Cinematic Universe debut in Captain America: Civil War.
His oeuvre lives on as he has received a posthumous award Golden Globe for best performance for his role in Ma Rainey's Black Bottom. His wife, Taylor Simone Ledward, accepted the award on his behalf, and presented an emotional speech.
"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 that tells you that 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."
"Ma Rainey's Black Bottom" is a Netflix film based on true story of a blues legend. Boseman played a character named Levee, a talented and afflicted musician. Like 2016’s Fences, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom is a film adaptation of a beloved work by playwright August Wilson.
He was also 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."