Golden Globes 2021: Will Chadwick Boseman bag Best Actor award posthumously for 'Ma Rainey's Black Bottom'?

Golden Globes 2021: Will Chadwick Boseman bag Best Actor award posthumously for 'Ma Rainey's Black Bottom'?
Actor Chadwick Boseman at the 2018 MTV Movie And TV Awards at Barker Hangar on June 16, 2018, in Santa Monica, California (Getty Images)

The Golden Globes have always been the most-anticipated awards show of the year and all the stars look forward to hearing their names during the ceremony. A plethora of actors will be battling it out to get their hands on the gorgeous-looking trophy. One of the actors on everyone’s mind is Chadwick Boseman.

Boseman was known for portraying legendary icons like Jackie Robinson in ‘42’ (2013), Thurgood Marshall in 'Marshall' (2017) and James Brown in 'Get on Up' (2014). He made a grand entrance in the Marvel Cinematic Universe as their first leading Black superhero, Black Panther, and starred in ‘Captain America: Civil War’ (2016), ‘Black Panther’ (2018), ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ (2018) and ‘Avengers: Endgame’ (2019).

Chadwick Boseman as Jackie Robinson in '42' (Warner Bros/IMDb)

Sadly, the actor passed away at the young age of 43 after a four-year-long battle with colon cancer.


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The critically-acclaimed actor did not publicly discuss his condition and continued to work on several Hollywood movies. Fans across the world were met with shock when the news of the actor's untimely demise made headlines on August 28, 2020. However, the untimely passing away did not stop him from keeping audiences on the edge of their seats with his impeccable acting.

Chadwick Boseman in 'Ma Rainey's Black Bottom' (David Lee/Netflix)

Chadwick Boseman's Legacy

More than an actor, Boseman was a trailblazer, an activist and a hero to so many in the Black community. Seeing his impact on the world was inspiring and not a lot of actors can do that.

After the shocking news of his death, Boseman's incredible off-screen gestures quickly came to light. Last year, Sienna Miller reportedly revealed that the late actor took a pay cut for her to be fairly compensated for her work in the film. Many believed Boseman was a pure soul and deserved all the happiness while some believed that he was truly a king.

Sienna Miller and Chadwick Boseman attend the '21 Bridges' New York Screening at AMC Lincoln Square Theater on November 19, 2019, in New York City (Getty Images)

Boseman's brilliant performance in 'Ma Rainey's Black Bottom'

He shot his last movie, ‘Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom’, before his death and the movie came out a few months after the tragedy. In the film, based on August Wilson’s 1982 play, he portrayed the role of Levee, a hot-headed cornet player who was always ready to fight and take what belongs to him. His portrayal of Levee was a manifestation of all the Black people who dare to dream and make it big in their lives but are constantly pulled down by an uneven system.

The scene where he gives a monologue and talks about an incident that took place in the past will surely give you an idea of what kind of range he had as an actor.

Chadwick Boseman in 'Ma Rainey's Black Bottom' (David Lee/Netflix)

The Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) honored the star by nominating him in the best actor (drama) category. He will be up against the likes of Riz Ahmed ('Sound of Metal'), Anthony Hopkins ('The Father'), Gary Oldman ('Mank'), and Tahar Rahim ('The Mauritanian').

The actor found himself in the elite list of artists who have been nominated for their work after their demise. Heath Ledger (‘The Dark Knight), James Eden (‘East of Eden’), Howard Ashman (‘Beauty and the Beast’ and ‘Aladdin’), ‘Peter Finch’ (Network), Spencer Tracy (‘Guess Who's Coming to Dinner’) and Raul Julia (‘The Burning Season’) have previously been nominated posthumously at the Golden Globes.

However, Finch is the only actor to get the leading actor award for a movie posthumously at the Globes.

Will Chadwick Boseman win the Best Actor trophy?

There are a lot of chances of Boseman winning the trophy. And it will be not due to his death, it will solely be because of his ability to stun the audience with his skills. However, we should not forget Anthony Hopkins (‘The Father’) and Riz Ahmed (‘Sound of Metal). They are expected to be the two actors who can give Boseman a tough competition during the event.

However, more than winning, Golden Globes will be a night to celebrate Boseman's career and what he has done for every aspiring Black person who wishes to join the industry. With his performance in ground-breaking ‘Black Panther’, he showed the world how representation can do wonders for the community.

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So viewers, please have a box of tissues beside you when the awards are being handed out because you might need them when the presenters take out Boseman’s name from the stage. The winner will be announced on Sunday, February 28, at 8 pm ET.

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