Chadwick Boseman was honored Monday at the 30th annual Gothams, presented by the Independent Film Project (IFP) in a hybrid ceremony with no audience but live presenters at New York’s Cipriani Wall Street. The late actor, who’s best known for star turns in “Black Panther,” “42” and “Get on Up,” died in August of colon cancer at age 43.
Boseman was tearfully remembered by his widow, Taylor Simone Ledward, during a heartbreaking tribute delivered remotely. Ledward called her late husband “the most honest person I ever met, because he didn’t just stop at speaking the truth.”
“He actively searched for it in himself and those around him,” Ledward said. “He was able to give himself over fully in every moment, to be totally present in his own life and in the lives of people he became. He was blessed to live many lives within his concentrated one. He developed his understanding of what it meant to be the none, the one, and the all.”
“Chad, thank you,” Ledward concluded. “I love you. I am so proud of you. Keep shining your light on us.”
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Boseman is considered a best actor Oscar frontrunner for his towering turn in the August Wilson adaptation “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom,” now streaming on Netflix. His co-star, Viola Davis, was also given a career tribute at Monday’s Gotham Awards, where Chloé Zhao’s staggering road movie “Nomadland” took the best feature and audience awards.
Riz Ahmed picked up a deserved best actor trophy for playing a hearing-impaired drummer in Amazon’s “Sound of Metal.” He won over fellow actor nominees including Boseman, Jude Law (“The Nest”) and Jesse Plemons (“I’m Thinking of Ending Things”).
“I want to thank all the other nominees for their work and inspiration, in particular Chadwick Boseman,” Ahmed said during the show. “I found his work to be truly inspiring in the way he conducted himself with such dignity and such humanity, to be an example for all of us.”
Boseman’s “42” co-star, Andre Holland, presented Boseman’s special tribute and sweetly recalled a moment when the actor was mobbed by fans at an airport.
“There was an acknowledgment in his face that his life would never be the same,” Holland said. “There was also this clarity in his eyes that he was ready to meet that moment and many more.”
The full list of winners from the 2021 IFP Gotham Awards:
Best feature: “Nomadland”
Best actor: Riz Ahmed, “Sound of Metal”
Best actress: Nicole Beharie, “Miss Juneteenth”
Best international feature: “Identifying Features”
Best screenplay (tie): “The Forty-Year-Old Version” and “Fourteen”
Best documentary (tie): “A Thousand Cuts” and “Time”
Breakthrough director: Andrew Patterson, “The Vast of Night”
Breakthrough actor: Kingsley Ben-Adir, “One Night in Miami”
Breakthrough series (under 40 minutes): “I May Destroy You”
Breakthrough series (over 40 minutes): “Watchmen”