Chadwick Boseman wins the Best Actor at the Golden Globe

by Ellon Labana


Written by Cheska Alferez

Best known for the superhero movie “Black Panther,” Chadwick Boseman won the best actor award during the 2021 Golden Globe on Sunday, February 28.

His widow honored her late husband with an emotional acceptance speech after winning the best actor award for ‘Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, a film he never got to see.

“He would say something beautiful,” she said. “Something inspiring. Something that would amplify that little voice inside of all of us that tells you you can. That tells you to keep going, and that calls you back to what you are meant to be doing at this moment in history.

“I don’t have his words, but we have to take all the moments to celebrate those we love, so thank you, HFPA, for this opportunity to do exactly that,” she concludes. “And, hon? You keep ’em coming.”

“Ma Rainey” was Boseman’s last film performance, and Sunday’s Golden Globe marked the biggest Hollywood award for Boseman in his career in film and television.

The late actor, who died at the age of 43 in August 2020, was nominated for his work in Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom — the last film he appeared in before succumbing to cancer.

Boseman is the first Black winner in the category in nearly 15 years. (Forest Whitaker won at the 2007 ceremony for his performance as Idi Amin in “The Last King of Scotland.”) The honor also makes Boseman the first Black posthumous winner in an acting category.

The death of Chadwick Boseman in 2020 was news that devastated the film community and fans worldwide, but what can be certain is that his legacy will live forever through his work – and in particular, the full impact of his time as Black Panther is immeasurable.

Chadwick Boseman may still get further recognition, for he is also nominated for a Screen Actors Guild award next month.  

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