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Chadwick Boseman Becomes The First Black Actor Posthumously Nominated For An Oscar

Chadwick Boseman Becomes The First Black Actor Posthumously Nominated For An Oscar

His legacy lives on!

It's been a month since the late Chadwick Boseman made history as the first Black actor, and second overall, to posthumously win a Golden Globe for his role in "Ma Rainey's Black Bottom." During a virtual ceremony, his widow Taylor Simone Ledward, accepted the award on his behalf. Now, he's been nominated for his first Academy Award for best actor for his performance in "Ma Rainey's Black Bottom." This makes him the first Black performer to be posthumously nominated for an Oscar. Only seven actors have previously been nominated after their death: Jeanne Eagels, James Dean, Spencer Tracy, Peter Finch, Ralph Richardson, Massimo Troisi, and Heath Ledger.

The 43-year-old actor passed in August following his years-long battle with colon cancer. The shock of his passing reverberated around the world.

His last role was portraying the fictional Levee in the George C. Wolfe-directed drama set in Chicago in 1927. He plays a trumpeter who wants to escape the shadow of Ma Rainey's band and compose his music. He is nominated alongside Riz Ahmed ("Sound of Metal"), Anthony Hopkins ("The Father"), Gary Oldman ("Mank"), and Steven Yeun ("Minari.")

Viola Davis, who starred as Ma Rainey in the film, received an Oscar nomination for best actress in a leading role. Two other historic nominations for this film went to Mia Neal and Jamika Wilson. They've become the first Black women to be Oscar-nominated in the makeup and hairstyling category. Neal worked on the film's hair department head, working on the hair and wig designs, and Wilson is Viola Davis' hairstylist.

The internet has been throwing its support around the film since the nominees were announced. 

Chadwick, you touched us all with your gifts, and we will never forget you!

Photo Credit: The Los Angeles Times