Chadwick Boseman received a posthumous Emmy Award on Saturday, receiving the consideration for his voiceover work in Marvel’s “What If…?” cartoon on Disney+.
The “Black Panther” actor, who died in August 2020, had reprised his iconic role as T’Challa, aka Black Panther, for a number of episodes of the animated anthology collection, which premiered virtually precisely a 12 months after his demise. On Saturday, Boseman, a first-time Emmy nominee, was awarded the consideration for Outstanding Character Voice-over Performance.
During this weekend’s Creative Arts Emmys ceremony, Boseman’s widow, Taylor Simone Ledward, accepted the award on her husband’s behalf at Los Angeles’ Microsoft Theater, per The Hollywood Reporter.
In her acceptance speech, Ledward alluded to the theme of “What If,” which explores various realities and completely different fates for numerous Marvel characters, together with Boseman’s.
“What a beautifully aligned moment it really is that one of the last things he would work on would not only be revisiting a character that was so important to him and his career and to the world, but also that it be an exploration of something new, diving into a new potential future — particularly with everything he spoke about purpose and finding the reason that you are here on the planet on this very time,” Ledward mentioned of her late husband.
“You can’t understand your purpose unless you’re willing to ask ‘What if’ ― unless you’re willing to say, ‘What if the universe is conspiring in my favor? What if it’s me?’” she mentioned. “Thank you so much for the honor. Chad would be so honored, and I’m honored on his behalf.”
Boseman, who died of colon most cancers at age 43, was additionally famend for his roles in movies like “42,” “Get on Up,” “Da 5 Bloods” and “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom,” for which he obtained a posthumous Oscar nomination.
His fellow nominees within the Emmy class included F. Murray Abraham (“Moon Knight”), Julie Andrews (“Bridgerton”), Maya Rudolph (“Big Mouth”), Stanley Tucci (“Central Park”), Jessica Walter (“Archer”) and Jeffrey Wright (“What If…?”).
The actor made a long-lasting impression on the Marvel Cinematic Universe in Ryan Coogler’s “Black Panther,” receiving popularity of his efficiency because the king of Wakanda. At the 2019 Academy Awards, Coogler’s blockbuster turned the first superhero film ever to be nominated for Best Picture.
The “Black Panther” sequel, “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever,” is slated to hit the large display in November.
“What If…?” is about to return for a second season in early 2023 on Disney+, the corporate introduced at San Diego Comic-Con in July.