Chadwick Boseman’s Widow Taylor Simone Ledward Accepts 3rd Posthumous Award In His Honor: It’s Hard To Find A Celebratory Feeling In These Moments
Chadwick Boseman’s final role in Netflix’s Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom has garnered him a host of posthumous awards. After he won a Golden Globe last month and a Film Tribute Award at the Gotham Awards in January, his widow Taylor Simone Ledward accepted both awards on his behalf.
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Now, she’s accepted the third award since his passing after he won best actor at the Critics Choice Awards.
She said during the acceptance speech,
“Wow. It has to be said aloud that for those of us who know Chad intimately, personally, professionally, those he taught, those he gave a word of advice, those who taught him — it is so hard to find a celebratory feeling in these moments. As proud as we are of him, yes for his work, but even more just for who he is as a person.”
Still, she continued:
“But his work deserves this. His work in this film deserves this. He deserves this, and so he would always thank God first and foremost in everything. He would always honor his mother and his father. He would always acknowledge those who came before him, those who charted the path, those who gave him their gifts.”
“He may say something about the importance of this story. About the importance of Black voices telling Black stories. He may take this moment to give honor to August Wilson, one of the greatest playwrights of our time. And, as I recently read, societies grow great when all men plant trees in their shade. They know they may never sit, and our society may be a far cry from great, but I know that the seeds you planted will grow into forests. And one day we too will be tall enough to reach the heavens. Thank you, Critics’ Choice and thank you, Chad.”