The late Chadwick Boseman was honoured at this year’s MTV Movie and TV Awards ceremony following his surprise loss at last month’s Academy Awards. He received a posthumous nod for his performance in Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom with an award voted for by fans.
The crowd gave the late Black Panther actor a standing ovation, as Black-ish actress Yara Shahidi accepted the award on his behalf.
In a touching address, the actress paid tribute on stage, “I’m so honoured to accept this award on behalf of Chadwick Boseman. I know I speak on behalf of myself and his community of fans when I say we are honoured to celebrate his art today and every day.”
She continued, “His impact is everlasting and we are eternally grateful for the way his presence and his art have changed the world. We love you and we miss you.”
Boseman played trumpet player Levee Green in the adaptation of August Wilson’s 1982 play. It was released on Netflix in November 2020 and was Boseman’s final performance before he died of cancer in August of the same year, aged 43.
The actor was expected to receive the Oscar for his role but the golden statuette instead went to legendary actor Anthony Hopkins for his role in The Father.
Twitter erupted with the news, with many left disappointed that Boseman didn’t get a “Hollywood” ending.
He won a posthumous award for the same role at this year’s Golden Globes, SAGs and the NAACPs.
Boseman’s family have spoken out about his Oscars loss, with the actor’s brother Derrick Boseman telling TMZ that his family wasn’t “upset or agitated whatsoever”. He wished Hopkins and his family all the best, as he believed Hopkins would have done if Boseman had won.
He continued to note that Boseman didn’t place much emphasis on the Oscars anyway: “He always described them as a campaign.”
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Hopkins was asleep at his home in Wales when his big win was announced. The news was later relayed to Hopkins by his agent over the phone. In a video message, Hopkins later thanked the Academy and paid a heartfelt tribute to Boseman, “I want to pay tribute to Chadwick Boseman who was taken away from us far too early. I really did not expect this, so I feel very privileged and honoured.”