Chadwick Boseman's widow Taylor Simone Ledward fights back tears as she accepts Critics' Choice Award on his behalf03/08/2021
CHADWICK Boseman's widow Taylor Simone Ledward fought back tears as she accepted a Critics' Choice Award on his behalf.
The Black Panther star – who died last August from colon cancer aged 43 – posthumously won the Best Actor gong at the ceremony on Sunday.
Taylor became emotional as she appeared virtually to accept the award for his impressive performance in the Netflix film, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom
"Wow. 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.
"As proud as we are of him, yes for his work, but even more just for who he is as a person. But his work deserves this.
"His work in this film deserves this. He deserves this, and so he would always thank God first and foremost in everything."
Taylor looked visibly upset as she shakily went on: "He would always honor his mother and his father.
"He would always acknowledge those who came before him, those who charted the path, those who gave him their gifts.
"He may say something about the importance of this story. About the importance of Black voices telling Black stories.
"He may take this moment to give honor to August Wilson, one of the greatest playwrights of our time."
She continued: "And, as I recently read, societies grow great when all men plant trees in their shade. They know they may never sit, and our society may be a far cry from great, but I know that the seeds you planted will grow into forests."
"And one day we too will be tall enough to reach the heavens. Thank you, Critics' Choice and thank you, Chad."
Other stars nominated for the award were Ben Affleck (The Way Back), Riz Ahmed (Sound of Metal), Tom Hanks (News of the World), Anthony Hopkins (The Father), Delroy Lindo (Da 5 Bloods), Gary Oldman (Mank) and Steven Yeun (Minari).
It comes one week after Chadwick won his first ever Golden Globe for his role as trumpet player Levee in Ma Rainey's Bottom.
Taylor once again accepted the award and sobbed as she told fans: "He would thank God. He would thank his parents.
"He would thank his ancestors for their guidance and their sacrifices. He would say something beautiful, something inspiring."
Chadwick had proposed to Taylor in October 2019 after four years of dating.
The Marvel star was diagnosed with stage-three cancer in 2016, and secretly had "countless surgeries and chemotherapy."
The Black Panther star died at his home in Los Angeles on August 28.
He was buried on September 3 at Welfare Baptist Church Cemetery in Belton, South Carolina, 10 miles from his hometown of Anderson.
Simone has been named the administrator of his $1 million estate.
Since his death, news of Chadwick's kind gestures towards terminally ill children have emerged.
Back in September, Black Panther producer Nate Moore revealed their final texts had been about organizing gifts for a sick young boy from his Marvel character, T'Challa.
And in a resurfaced clip on 2018, Chadwick was seen breaking down and crying when speaking about two kids with terminal cancer.
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