by Muthoni Kimani
January 14, 2021
Chadwick Boseman’s widow paid a moving tribute to the late actor as she accepted his posthumous Tribute Prize at the 2021 Gotham Awards.
Black Panther star Boseman, who died in August at the age of 43 following a battle with colon cancer, was honored at the Gotham Awards for the portrayal of an ambitious trumpet player in Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom.
Chloe Zhao was named best feature for directing Nomadland, solidifying the feature film as an Oscars front-runner. Accepting the Gotham Awards best actor tribute to Boseman, his wife, Simone Ledward Boseman, described him as “the most honest person I’ve ever met”.
Simone said; “He didn’t just stop at speaking the truth, he actively searched for it in himself, in those around him and in the moment. The truth can be a very easy thing for the self to avoid but if one does not live in truth, then it’s impossible to live in line with a divine purpose for your life.
And so it became how he lived his life, day in, day out, imperfect but determined. In doing so, he was able to give himself over fully to every moment, to be totally present in his own life and in the lives of the people he became.
“He was blessed to live many lives within his concentrated one.” Simone said it was an honor to receive the award on her husband’s behalf, describing it as “an acknowledgement not only of his profound work but of his impact on this industry and this world”.
She added: “Chad, thank you. I love you; I am so proud of you. Keep shining your light on us.”
The Gotham Awards, hosted by the Independent Filmmakers Project (IFP), are seen as a reliable indicator of Oscars success.
While the awards usually take place with a glitzy ceremony in New York City, the 30th running of the annual show deployed a combination of live and virtual elements.