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Chadwick Boseman Wins Posthumous Golden Globe for Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom

On Sunday night, at the 78th Golden Globe Awards hosted by Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, Chadwick Boseman won his first Golden Globe posthumously. The late actor won Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama for his role as Levee Green in Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom. At the ceremony, his wife, Taylor Simone Ledward accepted the award on his behalf in a touching, emotional speech.

Boseman died of colon cancer on August 28, 2020. He kept his condition private, continuing to act until his death. Boseman achieved international fame for playing the superhero Black Panther in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Colman Domingo, Michael Potts, Glynn Turman, and Chadwick Boseman in Ma Rainey's Black Bottom. Photo by David Lee for Netflix.
Colman Domingo, Michael Potts, Glynn Turman, and Chadwick Boseman in Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom. Photo by David Lee for Netflix.

Directed by George C. Wolfe, the film adaptation of the play about a blues singer and her band during a recording session in the 1920s, features Viola Davis in the titular role opposite Broadway veterans Colman Domingo, Glynn Turman, and Michael Potts, as well as the late Chadwick Boseman, who all play Ma’s bandmates. Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom can be streamed on Netflix.

Also nominated in this category were Riz Ahmed for Sound of Metal, Anthony Hopkins for The Father, Gary Oldman for Mank, and Tahar Rahim for The Mauritanian. All winners and nominations for the 2021 Golden Globes can be found here.