Chadwick Boseman tragically passed away from colon cancer back in the summer of 2020. On Sunday night, he received a posthumous Golden Globe award which his wife Taylor Simone Ledward accepted on his behalf.
Boseman was up against stiff competition for the award. Garry Oldman, Antony Hopkins, Riz Ahmed and Tahar Rahim were all nominated in the category of best actor in a motion picture – drama. He was given the award for his role as Levee Green in Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom. The film is about the life of trailblazing blues singer Ma Rainey and a disastrous 1927 recording session. Boseman’s character Levee is a trumpeter who causes tension in the band when he reveals that he is trying to get his own record deal without Ma.
Renee’ Zellweger presented the award from the Golden Globes stage while the nominees listened in remotely. Once she announced that Boseman had won, the picture of him on-screen cut to a live feed of Taylor Simone Ledward who sat alone on a white couch in a glamorous gold dress.
She was emotional from the first words she said.
Both Renée Zellweger and the other actors on the screen appeared to be moved during her speech.
She began by thanking who she thought Boseman would want to. “He would thank god, he would thank his parents. He would thank his ancestors for their guidance and their sacrifices.” Ledward also mentioned the names of various cast and crew for the film as well as Boseman’s team.
She ended the speech by saying, “I don’t have his words. But we have to take all the moments to celebrate those we love. So thank you HFPA for giving me this opportunity to do exactly that, and hun, you keep them coming.”
You can see her full speech below.