Chadwick Boseman has won a posthumous award for best actor months after his tragic death.
Four months after succumbing to colon cancer, Boseman won the title of best actor at the 2020 Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards.
Chad received the posthumous award for his role as Levee in Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom – his final performance before his premature death.
The runner-up in the category of Best Actor was Riz Ahmed who appeared in Sound of Metal.
Meanwhile, the award for Best Film went to Small Axe, whereas Chloe Zhao of Nomadland was named the Best Director. Writing her name in history as Best Actress was Carey Mulligan who performed in Promising Young Woman.
Boseman’s posthumous award follows four months after it was announced that the 43-year-old Black Panther star passed away surrounded by his loved ones.
“It is with immeasurable grief that we confirm the passing of Chadwick Boseman. Chadwick was diagnosed with stage 3 colon cancer in 2016, and battled with it these last 4 years as it progressed to stage 4,” a statement shared on the actor’s Twitter by his representatives read.
Following the shocking announcement, renowned Hollywood figures rallied in leading tributes to the 43-year-old actor.
“It was the highest honor getting to work with you and getting to know you. What a generous and sincere human being,” the Avengers: Endgame’s Mark Ruffalo wrote. “You believed in the sacred nature of the work and gave your all. Much love to your family. And much love from all of us left here.”
“Here’s to an incredible man with immeasurable talent, who leaned into life regardless of his personal battles. You never truly know what the people around you might be going through – treat them with kindness and cherish every minute you have together,” Catwoman actress Halle Berry expressed.
Branding the actor “brilliant, beautiful, artistic mind,” TV host and comedian Aisha Tyler said: “This is such a premature and terrible loss. What a brilliant, beautiful, artistic mind departed us today. So much beauty in such a short period of time. Thank you Chadwick.”
Paying respect to the deceased actor was also Marvel Entertainment who suggested that Chadwick’s “legacy will live on forever.”
“Our hearts are broken and our thoughts are with Chadwick Boseman’s family. Your legacy will live on forever. Rest In Peace,” the entertainment company tweeted.
Among dozens of other prominent figures who paid a tribute to Chadwick was also The Goonies actor Sean Astin who wrote:
“I’m so so sorry to read this awful news. Chadwick’s King will reign forever in the hearts of everyone who experienced one of the most important American films ever made. On behalf of my family, we send deep sympathy and love to his family and loved ones.”
“Thank you for being a real one fam… Truly hate we didn’t find that project for us to do together RIP Chadwick!!!! Will miss those hilarious real convos we would have anytime we saw each other!!! Praying for the fam!!!!” Get Out’s Lil Rel Howery expressed.
“Chadwick was really out here shooting all of these huge action movies while fighting stage 4 colon cancer. Man. Strong isn’t even the word,” film director, producer, and writer Matthew A. Cherry added.
Iconic filmmaker Kevin Smith wrote: “I met Chadwick the day Stan put his hand and footprints into the Chinese Theater Forecourt. He was nice and a little nervous, but very regal – like T’challa. And so talented. This is heartbreaking. 43 is too to die. My heart goes out to his family and fellow fans tonight.”