Chadwick Boseman Wins Posthumous Trophy, Wife Accepts

More than two years after Chadwick Boseman’s death, the late actor has won his first-ever Emmy Award.

“When I learned Chad was nominated, I started thinking of everything that was going on in the world and our world and being so in awe of his commitment and dedication,” Boseman’s widow, Taylor Simone Ledward, said in her acceptance speech on Boseman’s behalf during the 2022 Creative Arts Emmys on Saturday, September 3, according to Deadline. “And what a beautiful moment that one of the last things he would work on was something so important to him and to the world but also something new.”

Chadwick Boseman Wins Posthumous Emmy for Marvel's 'What If': Widow Taylor Simone Ledward 'Honored' to Accept Trophy

Taylor Simone Ledward Boseman accepts the Emmy for outstanding character voice-over performance for the “What If… T’Challa Became a Star-Lord” episode of “What If…?” on behalf of Chadwick Boseman at the Television Academy’s 2022 Creative Arts Emmy Awards in Los Angeles on September 3, 2022.
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Boseman, who died two years ago, was nominated for Outstanding Character Voice-Over performance for his role of Star-Lord T’Challa in Marvel’s What If…? Animation series. The animated series, which debuted on Disney+ in August 2021 was based on the Marvel Comics characters. What If…? reimagines classic MCU events and characters in new ways, including seeing T’Challa become Guardians of the Galaxy’s Star-Lord instead of Black Panther.  What If…? was Boseman’s final acting credit ahead of his death.

“You can’t understand your purpose unless you ask what if? What if it’s the universe conspiring in my favor. What if it’s me? Chad would be so honored and I am honored on his behalf,” the 31-year-old — who married the South Carolina native in July 2019 — concluded on Saturday.

Chadwick Boseman Wins Posthumous Emmy for Marvel's 'What If': Widow Taylor Simone Ledward 'Honored' to Accept Trophy

T’Challa in Marvel Studios’ ‘What If…?’

Disney+ also remembered the late Get on Up star’s win. “Thank you to the Television Academy for recognizing the outstanding work of our King, the late Chadwick Boseman,” a note via the platform’s Instagram account read.

Us Weekly In August 2020, it was confirmed that Boseman, who was 43 years old, had died after a secret battle against colon cancer.

“It is with immeasurable grief that we confirm the passing of Chadwick Boseman,” a statement released via his Instagram read at the time. “A true fighter, Chadwick persevered through it all and brought you many of the films you have come to love so much. From Marshall to Da 5 Bloods, August Wilson’s Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom and several more, all were filmed during and between countless surgeries and chemotherapy. It was the honor of his careerTo bring King T’Challa to life in Black Panther. He died in his home, with his wife and family by his side.”

Boseman was awarded posthumously acting awards for his performance in Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom Both the 2021 Golden Globes Awards and Screen Actors Guild Awards.

“He would thank God. He would be grateful to his parents. He would thank his ancestors,” Ledward noted at the Golden Globes that February. “He would say something beautiful, something inspiring, something that amplifies that little voice inside of all of us. … I don’t have his words, but we have to take all the moments to celebrate those we love.”