Chadwick Boseman made history at the SAG Awards this year, becoming the first actor to garner four nominations in a single year, and during Sunday’s 27th Screen Actors Guild Awards, he scored another Best Male Actor in a Leading Role victory for his performance. in Ma Rainey’s black ass.
As with other posthumous Boseman awards this year, his wife, Taylor Simone Ledward, accepted the honor on his behalf.
“Thank you God. Thank you Leroy and Carolyn Boseman,” she said before thanking her Ma Rainey co-stars and filmmakers. “If you see that the world is unbalanced, be a crusader who strongly pushes the seesaw of the mind. That is a quote from Chadwick Boseman.”
Boseman was also nominated for Best Male Actor in a Supporting Role for Give 5 Bloods, and when Judas and the Black MessiahDaniel Kaluuya won, he decided the award to his fellow nominee, saying, “This is for Chadwick Boseman and Fred Hampton.”
The victory comes after Boseman’s death in August 2020. He was 43 years old. So far this awards season has seen him win a Critics Choice Award, a Golden Globe, a Gotham Award, and a NAACP Image Award, with Ledward paying tribute to her late husband with each acceptance speech. .
Boseman himself spoke at the SAG Awards in 2019, when Black PantherThe ensemble won the award for Outstanding Cast in a Movie. Standing on stage alongside his co-stars, Michael B. Jordan, Angela Bassett, Lupita Nyong’o, and Danai Gurira, Boseman spoke about what it means to be “young, talented, and black.”
“We know what it is to be told that there is no screen to appear on, a stage to appear on. We know what it is to be the tail and not the head. We know what it is to be below and not above,” he said. “That’s what we were going to work with every day, because we know, not that we would be around during awards season or that it would win a billion dollars, but we knew we had something special that we wanted to give the world.”
“That we could be full human beings in the roles that we were playing, that we could create a world that exemplified the world that we wanted to see. And come to work every day and solve problems with this group of people, this director, that’s something that I wish all actors had a chance to experiment, “concluded Boseman. “If you get to experience that, you will be an accomplished artist.”
Be sure to check out the full list of SAG award winners.