Chadwick Boseman's Greatness: 'Black Panther' Star Gets Ultimate Honor From NAACP Image Awards
Chadwick Boseman continues to get recognition even after his death.
On Tuesday, the NAACP Image Awards officially named Boseman as a nominee for outstanding actor and supporting actor. His last two performances in "Ma Rainey's Black Bottom" and "Da 5 Bloods" led him to get the aforementioned acknowledgements.
Meanwhile, "Ma Rainey" alone got nine nominations.
Because of Boseman's films, Netflix led the race with 48 nominations. Other Netflix projects that landed nominations include "Bridgerton" and "#blackAF."
For the outstanding actor award, the "Black Panther" star is pitted with Anthony Mackie (The Banker), Delroy Lindo (Da 5 Bloods), Forest Whitaker (Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey), and Will Smith (Bad Boys for Life).
Clarke Peters (Da 5 Bloods), Aldis Hodge (One Night in Miami), Colman Domingo (Ma Rainey's Black Bottom), and Glynn Turman (Ma Rainey's Black Bottom) are up against him for the supporting actor in a motion picture category.
Of course, his fans quickly supported him and posted heartwarming congratulatory messages after the nomination list was publicized.
However, another fan pointed out a heartbreaking observation about the nomination.
"I've said it before. Our so-called representation loves to honor us when we're dead. Not so much while we're still breathing. #RepresentationMatters," the fan said. "Chadwick Boseman posthumously nominated for NAACP awards."
More Awards After Chadwick Boseman's Death
Aside from the upcoming awards show, Chadwick Boseman previously snagged another posthumous recognition.
In December 2020, Entertainment Weekly named the actor as one of its Entertainers of the Year for 2020.
"Chadwick Boseman forever. Best-selling author [Angie Thomas] reflects on how the [Black Panther] star proved he was a hero and inspiration - on-screen and off," the announcement by EW read.
He was one of six entertainers who successfully bagged the honor last year.
Apart from Boseman, Pedro Pascal, Kerry Washington, Sacha Baron Cohen, Dan and Eugene Levy were also hailed as the entertainers of the year.
"You could tell that he was genuinely invested in these stories and these people. But I think my favorite thing was you could see bits of him in every character that he played," Angie Thomas, the author of "The Hate U Give," wrote in her tribute article for Boseman.