The late actor received the outstanding character voice-over performance award at the 2022 Creative Arts Awards two years after his passing.
At the 2022 Creative Arts presentation
on Saturday, September 3, Chadwick Boseman’s wife, Taylor Simone Ledward, gave an emotional acceptance speech and won a posthumous Emmy award for her late husband.
Boseman received his first Emmy nomination and victory during the ceremony, winning the outstanding character voice-over performance prize for his portrayal of Star Lord T’Challa in the animated series “What If…?
Along with F. Murray Abraham (“Moon Knight”), Julie Andrews (“Bridgerton”), Maya Rudolph (“Big Mouth”), Stanley Tucci (“Central Park”), the late actress Jessica Walter (“Archer”), and Jeffrey Wright (“What If…?”), he received nominations for their respective roles.
Ledward delivered a speech in memory of her spouse, who passed away from colon cancer in August 2020 at the age of 43.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, she said on stage at the Los Angeles’ Microsoft Theater, “When I learned that Chad was nominated for this award, I started thinking about everything that was going on when he was recording — everything that was going on in the world and in our world and just being in such awe of his commitment and his dedication.”
“And what a beautifully aligned moment it really is that one of the last things he would work on would not only be revisiting a character that was so important to him and his career and to the world, but that it would also be an exploration of something new, diving into a new potential future — particularly with everything he spoke about purpose and finding the reason that you are here on the planet at this very time,” she continued.
Ledward gave the crowd some motivational parting remarks before bringing her lecture to a close.
If you’re not willing to consider what might happen, you cannot comprehend your objective.
Unless you’re prepared to consider the possibility that I might be the beneficiary of the universe’s conspiracies?
‘ she replied.
“Thank you so much for the honor – Chad would be so honored, and I’m honored on his behalf,” Ledward said in closing.
Boseman played T’Challa in the acclaimed 2018 blockbuster “Black Panther,” as well as the Disney+ series that debuted in August 2021.
Boseman mentioned the demand for Black superheroes in a 2018 interview with TODAY.
At the time, he remarked, “I think there’s a demand for these pictures, a thirst for a Black superhero.” “As far as my character goes, there’s a tremendous search for ‘How can I lead?’ That’s what I believe people are looking for—leaders that genuinely care about their followers.
Boseman also appeared in “Avengers: Infinity War,” “Avengers: Endgame,” “21 Bridges,” and “Da 5 Bloods” in the months before to his terrible demise.
In the drama “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom,” which he played in his final appearance, he received an Oscar nomination for best performance by an actor in a leading role.
He was renowned for portraying historical figures James Brown, Thurgood Marshall, and Jackie Robinson in the biopics “42,” “Marshall,” and “Get on Up.”
The upcoming movie “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever” will suffer greatly from Boseman’s absence. The next sequel’s initial trailer hinted that the action movie would honor his legacy as a valiant king.