Chadwick Boseman’s wife Simone Ledward grew emotional while accepting the Actor Tribute award for her late husband at the Gotham Awards. She expressed her heartache for the first time in public in an emotionally heart-wrenching speech in her husband’s honour. “He is the most honest person I’d ever met. He actively searched for it, in himself, those around him and 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 life,” she said.
Ledward added that this was how her late husband was able to totally be present “in his own life and in the lives of people he became.” She also said that while acting, her husband was “modeling a path to true fulfillment” instead of just “telling a story or reading lines on a page.”
Lastly, she added that she was proud of accepting the award as it reflected the impact her husband had made in the industry and also the world. She tearfully thanked her husband for everything and declared her love for him. Checkout the entire video of her virtual tribute here.
Chadwick Was Honoured For His Performance in Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom
The late Chadwick Boseman was posthumously honoured with the award for his stellar performance in the film Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom. Boseman portrayed jazz player Levee Green while Viola Davis portrays Ma Rainey, a well-known Blues musician of her times. The film takes us back to Chicago in 1927 which was rampant with racial discrimination in the music industry.
Chadwick succumbed to health complications from colon cancer on 28 August 2020 when he was 43. He had kept his health condition a secret from everyone. His co-star Viola Davis was also honoured with the Tribute Award.
About a month ago, Simone was made the administrator of his Estate which is worth $938,500. She had filed an application for the same two months after his death.
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