Chadwick Boseman is back in the news, proving to the world and his fans that even from the land beyond, his talent can still shine through and his legacy is one many can look up to.
Boseman received a posthumous award for Best Actor in a Motion Picture, Drama at the 2021 Golden Globes on Sunday, for his role as Levee Greene in the 2020 movie Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, where he co-starred with Viola Davis.
The acceptance speech by his wife, Simone, was emotional perfection…
Viola Davis Celebrates Boseman’s Win
One of the first celebrities to celebrate his win was Viola Davis, of course, who wrote, “I know you’re playing your Djembe drum in Heaven Chad. Simone was…..perfect. Congratulations!!! Love you ?”.
Wrote a fan, “She was perfection. That moment was epic!! Her speech was beautiful. ?? congratulations Chad!!?”
The other nominations for this award who could not help but applaud for Boseman were Riz Ahmed in The Sound of Metal, Anthony Hopkins in The Father, Gary Oldman in Mank, and Tahar Rahim in The Mauritanian.
But Not All Fans Are Happy
While many have appreciative things to say about Boseman, the world is a hurtful place, and the trolls are out there in full force. One rather unsavory comment read, “Bro if Chadwick didn’t die he wouldn’t have won. Riz Ahmed deserved that award 100%”.
Another comment was worded a bit better, “Personal opinion: Feels like a homage. I prefer Tahar Rahim & Riz Ahmed’s performances by a long shot. But I’m not a voter nor a film critic so… ??♂️. At least it was someone outside the status quo. Wish he was alive to accept the award.”
Simone Delivered An Emotional Speech
When the award was announced by Renee Zellweger, the reel then played Simone’s acceptance speech and she looked radiant in a golden gown, as she spoke about Boseman in a choked voice.
Said she, “He would say something beautiful, something inspiring, something that would amplify that little voice that tells you you can, that tells you to keep going, that calls you back to what you were meant to be doing at this moment in history”.
Here’s that beautiful speech, as she ends with, “And hon, you keep ’em coming.”
The Legacy Lives On
It’s been six months since the world lost Chadwick Boseman and the hurt lingers for many.
Davis spoke of him in an interview with The Guardian, saying, “I think he is going to be remembered as a hero. There’s a part of the public that’s gonna associate that with Black Panther; I do not. I associate that with his authenticity, especially in the midst of a profession that sometimes can suck that out of you. He was a person who lived life bigger than themselves.”
Denzel Washington had some powerful words as well, “He had a powerful, effective, incredible life that was unfortunately cut short. We got cheated.”