Chadwick Boseman Wins a Posthumous Emmy for “What if”

In recognition of his work on Marvel’s What If…? series Chadwick Boseman was awarded a posthumous Emmy on Saturday at the Creative Arts ceremony.

The late actor’s portrayal as Star-Lord T’Challa in “What If… T’Challa Became a Star-Lord?” was deemed the year’s best in the category of excellent character voice-over performance. Others in the running 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…?).

This was Boseman’s first Emmy nomination and win. At the Microsoft Theater in downtown Los Angeles Boseman’s wife Taylor Simone Ledward accepted the award telling the audience, “When I learned that Chad was nominated for this award, I started thinking about everything that was going on when he was recording — everything that was going on in the world and in our world and just being in such awe of his commitment and his dedication.”

“And what a beautifully aligned moment it really is that one of the last things he would work on would not only be revisting 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,” she continued.

“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?’” “Thank you so much for the honor — Chad would be so honored and I’m honored on his behalf,” Ledward completed.

After a lonely struggle with colon cancer Boseman passed away in 2020 and was nominated for a posthumous Academy Award for lead actor for his performance in Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom.

Boseman’s breakthrough performance in Black Panther helped catapult the film into the first superhero movie ever nominated for best picture at the Academy Awards. His impact on popular culture has not faded. Black Panther: Wakanda Forever the sequel to the film is set to be released later this year with director Ryan Coogler returning for the sequel.

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