Chadwick Boseman's wife Taylor Simone Ledward has paid an emotional tribute to the late actor in an acceptance speech for the Gotham Awards Tribute prize.
Along with his Ma Rainey's Black Bottom co-star Viola Davis, Boseman was honoured with the posthumous award at yesterday's (January 11) virtual ceremony.
In a recorded video message, Ledward said that it was her "honour" to accept the award on behalf of her late husband, who passed away last August, four years after being diagnosed with colon cancer.
"It is my honour to receive this award on behalf of my husband," she said. "In acknowledgement not only of his profound work but of his impact on this industry and this world."
Visibly moved, Simone continued: "Chad, thank you. I love you. I am so proud of you. Keep shining your light on us. Thank you."
The 2021 Gotham Awards featured an additional tribute to Boseman, in which the Marvel hero's co-stars and friends remembered his work and reflected on his legacy.
Chadwick Boseman’s widow cries as she accepts a Gotham award in his honor. “Chad, thank you,” says Simone Boseman. “Keep shining your light on us.” pic.twitter.com/jQidx0Yp6c
— Kyle Buchanan (@kylebuchanan) January 12, 2021
"He didn't just stop at speaking the truth: he actively searched for it in himself and those around him and in the moment," she said.
"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 in line with the divine purpose for your life. And so it became how he lived his life, day in and out. Imperfect and determined.
"In doing so, he was able to give himself over fully in every moment, to be totally present in his own life and in the lives of people he became."
The Gotham Awards' tribute to Boseman follows the news that a Black Panther sequel will not feature a digital re-imagining of the actor, nor will a different actor portray his character T'Challa.
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