Chadwick Boseman Gets Posthumous Oscar Nomination
Chadwick Boseman, the late actor who played the role of T’Challa, the King of Wakanda, (A.K.A. the Black Panther) in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, has received a posthumous Academy Award nomination for his final onscreen role in the Netflix feature film Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom.
A Great Actor, Chadwick Boseman
Boseman passed away in August 2020 after a battle with cancer. He was 43. Fans and collaborators alike were stunned by the tragedy, as Boseman kept his battle with the illness private. Even Ryan Coogler, writer and director of 2018’s Black Panther and the forthcoming Black Panther 2 expressed shock at the news.
Since Boseman’s shocking death, there have been several projects that have commemorated the actor’s indelible contribution to the MCU, including variant covers for Marvel Comics that memorialized the actor and a mural in Downtown Disney.
Plus, one of the helicarriers in the Marvel Comics universe was named Boseman, and the opening title sequence for Black Panther on Disney+ was updated to serve as a tribute to the late actor.
You’ll get a chance to hear Boseman in the role of T’Challa once more when What If…? premieres on Disney+ later this year, when an episode asking “what if T’Challa had become Star-Lord” airs (and while we haven’t had a chance to see the episode yet at Marvel Blog, we’re betting dollars to vibranium donuts that there won’t be a dry eye in the house by the time those credits roll).
Honoring the Late Actor…
Boseman’s Oscar nomination is one of five nods for Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, including a best actress nomination for Viola Davis and nominations for costume design, makeup, and hair styling.
Have you had a chance to stream Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom? What do you think of the tributes Marvel has paid to the late Boseman? Marvel Blog wants to hear from you!