The 30th Annual Gotham Independent Film Awards were held yesterday in New York City. Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom star Chadwick Boseman was honored with the Actor Tribute.
Boseman passed away on August 20, 2020, from complications related to colon cancer. The South Carolina native’s widow, Taylor Simone Ledward, accepted the Gotham Award on his behalf.
Chadwick Boseman’s widow cries as she accepts a Gotham award in his honor. “Chad, thank you,” says Simone Boseman. “Keep shining your light on us.” pic.twitter.com/jQidx0Yp6c
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“It is my honor to receive this award on behalf of my husband. An acknowledgment not only of his profound work but of his impact on this industry and this world,” said Ledward. “Chad, thank you. I love you. I am so proud of you. Keep shining your light on us.”
Boseman was also nominated for Best Actor for Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom at the Independent Filmmaker Project-presented ceremony. Riz Ahmed won that award for his performance in Sound of Metal.
Besides playing Levee in Netflix’s Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, Boseman’s filmography contains turns in 42, Draft Day, Get on Up, Captain America: Civil War, Marshall, Black Panther, 21 Bridges, Da 5 Bloods, and other motion pictures. The Howard University graduate also worked on television and in the theater.