Chadwick Boseman’s posthumous win at the Golden Globes for his role as hornist Levee on Netflix’s “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom” continues what has been widely regarded as an award-winning Oscars journey.
“He would say something nice,” said his wife Taylor Simone Ledward, who accepted the award on his behalf. “Something inspiring, something that would reinforce that little voice within all of us, telling us you can, telling you to move on, calling you back to what you should be doing right now in the story … I put on I don’t have his words, but we all have to take the moments to celebrate those we love … And honey, you keep getting on. Thank you. “
The late actor, who died in August aged 43 after battling colon cancer for three years, hit contestants Riz Ahmed (“Sound of Metal”), Anthony Hopkins (“The Father”), Gary Oldman (” Mank “) and Tahar from Rahim (” The Mauritanian “) for the award.
Boseman is after Sidney Poitier for “Lilies of the Field” in 1964, Denzel Washington for “The Hurricane” in 2000 and Forest Whitaker for only the fourth black actor to win in the category “Globes” as leading actor in a cinema drama ” The last King of Scotland “in 2007.
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The Hollywood Foreign Press Assn., The 87-person organization that votes for the Golden Globe Awards, received widespread criticism earlier this year following a Times investigation into ethical errors. One of the findings of the investigation was the fact that the group has no black members. The fallout included an organized Time’s Up protest on social media urging the HFPA, “One cosmetic fix is not enough.”
Based on the play by August Wilson, “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom” was directed by George C. Wolfe and written for the screen by Ruben Santiago-Hudson. The title role is played by Globes nominee Viola Davis, who described her late costar as an “artist” and “absolute delight” in a play that recalls the legacy of the beloved actor.
Boseman made SAG Awards history earlier this month as the first person to receive four film category nominations in a single year, and was recognized for starring in “Ma Rainey,” a supporting role in Spike Lee’s “Da 5 Bloods.” another Netflix release and his work in the cast of both films.
He has also received Gotham and Spirit nominations for “Ma Rainey,” as well as winning or runner-up placements from Chicago, Los Angeles, and the National Society of Film Critics. The attention and recognition has made him a front runner who received a lead actor nod at the Academy Awards.
If the “Black Panther” star receives an Oscar nomination when they are announced on March 15, he will stand alongside James Dean (“East of Eden” and “Giant”), Peter Finch (“Network”), Spencer Tracy (“Guess who’s coming for dinner?”) And Massimo Troisi (“Il Postino”).
This story originally appeared in the Los Angeles Times.