'He Deserves This,' Says Chadwick Boseman's Wife Simone as She Emotionally Accepts Award on His Behalf
The late Chadwick Boseman continues with his winning streak at award ceremonies for his role in Ma Rainey's Black Bottom (2020), with the most recent win coming at the 'Critics' Choice Award' on March 7, 2021.
Yet again, his wife, Simone Ledward Boseman, accepted the award on behalf of the late actor. And it was a very emotional moment for Simone as she tried to imagine and encapsulate what Chadwick would have said if he were alive to accept the award.
A Difficult Moment For Everyone
Simone began her speech by expressing how difficult it would be for everyone who knew him to be happy at that moment. “It has to be said aloud that for those of us who know Chad intimately, personally, professionally, those he taught, those he gave a word of advice, those who taught him — it is so hard to find a celebratory feeling in these moments,” she said trying not to break down.
“He may say something about the importance of this story. About the importance of Black voices telling Black stories,” said Simone and added that he might have thanked August Wilson for his amazing playwrights.
She ended the speech by thanking both the 'Critics’ Choice Awards' and her husband.
Simone also spoke a few words while accepting Chadwick’s first win at the Golden Globes earlier, on February 28, 2021. At the time, she said that Chadwick would have been thankful for the things he held dear in his life.
Trying To Encapsulate Chadwick's Humility
Being the ever-grateful sweetheart that he was, Simone anticipated that her husband would have thanked the gods, his parents, and his ancestors for their guidance and sacrifices.
But that is not all that the Black Panther star would have said. Simone further added that her late husband would have taken that moment to say something so beautiful and inspiring that it would amplify the audience's will to pursue their calling. She was confident that her late husband's voice would guide the listeners to what they were meant to be doing at that moment in history.
These two are just the latest ones among the many posthumous awards he has won for his portrayal of Levee in the critically-acclaimed Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom. Other than the 'Critics’ Choice Award' and the 'Golden Globe,' Chadwick won an 'AACTA International Award,' 'Black Film Critics Circle Award,' and 'Broadcast Film Critics Association Award,' among others, and has been nominated for many more.
Apart from this, Chadwick also won and had been nominated for many awards for his role of T'Challa in Black Panther (2018). Some of those wins include a 'BET Award for Best Actor in 2018,' 'Best Performance in a Movie' and 'Best Hero' awards at the 2018 MTV Movie + TV Awards, an award for 'Best Breakthrough Performance' during the 2018 National Film and Television Awards, USA, and an award for 'Favorite Male Movie Star' at the 2018 People’s Choice Awards, USA among a host of other wins and nominations.