Chadwick Boseman’s wife honors her late husband while accepting his first-ever Golden Globe.
On Sunday night at the 78th annual Golden Globe Awards, the late actor — who passed away last August after secretly battling colon cancer — was posthumously honored for Best Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama for his role in “Ma Rainey's Black Bottom.”
While accepting the trophy, Boseman’s widow Simone Ledward Boseman, also named by outlets as Taylor Simone Ledward, delivered a tearful speech paying tribute to Chadwick’s memory.
“He would thank God. He would thank his parents. He would thank his ancestors for their guidance and their sacrifice,” she began. “He would thank his incredible team Michael Greene, Azeem Chiba, Nicki Fioravante, Evelyn O'Neill, Chris Huvane, Logan Coles. He would thank his team on set for this film -— Deidra Dixon, Sian Richards, Craig Anthony and Andrew Carlone.”
“He would say something beautiful, 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, that calls you back to what you're meant to be doing at this moment in history,” she continued.
Simone then thanked Chadwick’s “Ma Rainey” collaborators, including director George C. Wolfe, producer and mentor Denzel Washington, and co-star Viola Davis.
She concluded, “And I don't have his words, but we have to take a moment to celebrate those we love. So thank you HFPA for this opportunity to do exactly that. And, hun, you keep 'em coming. Thank you."
In September, Michael Greene of Greene & Associates Talent Agency told The Hollywood Reporter that Chadwick had kept his illness under wraps in part because of his mother Carolyn.
“[She] always taught him not to have people fuss over him,” Greene told the publication. “He also felt in this business that people trip out about things, and he was a very, very private person.”
Though he was diagnosed with cancer in 2016, Boseman appeared in acclaimed films such as “Black Panther” and “Da 5 Bloods” while simultaneously undergoing treatment.
Sadly, Chadwick died during post-production of “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom.” The Netflix film, which contains Chadwick’s final film appearance, is dedicated to his memory.