Late Actor Chadwick Boseman Nominated For Posthumous Academy Award

Salena Harshini |Mar 16, 2021

Chadwick Boseman has received a posthumous Academy Award nomination for his work in 'Ma Rainey's Black Bottom'.

Late actor Chadwick Boseman has received a nomination for a posthumous Academy Award. For the unknown, he bagged the nomination for his work in Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, adapted from the famous August Wilson play.

In fact, for the same part, he had previously won one Golden Globe award.

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The actor received a nomination for Best Actor in Leading Role.

Boseman passed away while the film was still in post-production

The George C. Wolfe’s directorial narrates the journey of Ma Rainey, a famed blues singer in the ’20s. Chadwick Boseman portrays Levee Green, a skilled trumpet player. The character hopes to escape from Rainey to secure his very own record deal.

Unfortunately, he left the world in grief and shock after he passed away. The film was in post-production when the news broke out.

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His role in Black Panther created a huge wave among fans.

For the unknown, the Black Panther actor lost to colon cancer on August 28, 2020. His wife and family surrounded him at the time.

Chadwick Boseman broke stereotypes as he was the first leading black superhero in Marvel movies. He played in Captain America: Civil War, Black Panther, Avengers: Infinity War, and Avengers: Endgame.

He was supposed to return with his role in Black Panther 2. It was tentatively slated to release in May 2022.

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He hid his condition from fans and sadly, he was gone too soon.

Chadwick Boseman leaves a powerful legacy both in reel and real life. The passion the actor had for his community made him a hero in real life to many. That passion urged him to pick roles that celebrated and uplifted black voices.

He was also famous for depicting historical figures

For those uninitiated, the actor was also popular for his roles as historical figures. Some of the parts he played were Get On Up’s James Brown, Marshall’s Thurgood Marshall, or 42’s Jackie Robinson. In fact, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom marks his last performance on the screen.

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Chadwick Boseman is famous for playing historical roles in his films.

Other actors who are nominated in the same category as Best Actor in a Leading Role include Anthony Hopkins for The Father, Riz Ahmed for Sound of Metal, Steven Yeun for Minari, and Gary Oldman for Mank.

The 93rd Academy Awards will be broadcast on 25 April 2021.

Full list of Nominations

Check out the full list of nominations for Oscars 2021.

Best Actress in A Supporting In a Role

Maria Bakalova (Borat Subsequent Moviefilm)

Glenn Close (Hillbilly Elegy)

Olivia Colman (The Father)

Amanda Seyfried (Mank)

Youn Yuh-jung (Minari)

Best Costume Design


Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom




Best Original Score

Da 5 Bloods



News of the World


Best Adapted ScreenPlay

Borat Subsequent

The Father


One Night in Miami

The White Tiger

Best Original Screenplay

Judas and the Black Messiah


Promising Young Woman

Sound of Metal

The Trial of the Chicago 7

Best Animated Short Film


Genius Loci

If Anything Happens I Love You



Best Live Action Short Film

Feeling Through

The Letter Room

The Present

Two Distant Strangers

White Eye

Best Actor In A Supporting Role

Sacha Baron Cohen (The Trial of the Chicago 7)

Daniel Kaluuya (Judas and the Black Messiah)

Leslie Odom Jr. (One Night in Miami)

Paul Raci (Sound of Metal)

Lakeith Stanfield (Judas and the Black Messiah)

Best Documentary Feature


Crip Camp

The Mole Agent

My Octopus Teacher


Best Documentary (Short Subject)


A Concerto Is a Conversation

Do Not Split

Hunger Ward

A Love Song for Latasha

Best International Feature Film

Another Round

Better Days


The Man Who Sold His Skin

Quo Vadis, Aida?

Best Sound



News of the World


Sound of Metal

Best Production Design

The Father

Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom


News of the World


Best Film Editing

The Father


Promising Young Woman

Sound of Metal

The Trial of the Chicago 7

Best Cinematography

Sean Bobbitt (Judas and the Black Messiah)

Erik Messerschmidt (Mank)

Dariusz Wolski (News of the World)

Joshua James Richards (Nomadland)

Phedon Papamichael (The Trial of the Chicago 7)

Best Visual Effects

Love and Monsters

The Midnight Sky


The One and Only Ivan


Best Makeup and Hairstyling


Hillbilly Elegy

Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom



Best Animated Feature Film


Over the Moon

Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon



Best Original Song

Fight For You (Judas and the Black Messiah)

Hear My Voice (The Trial of the Chicago 7)

Husavik (Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga)

Io Sì (Seen) (The Life Ahead (La Vita Davanti a Se)

Speak Now (One Night in Miami)

Best Actor In A Leading Role

Riz Ahmed (Sound of Metal)

Chadwick Boseman (Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom)

Anthony Hopkins (The Father)

Gary Oldman (Mank)

Steven Yeun (Minari)

Best Actress In A Leading Role

Viola Davis (Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom)

Andra Day (The United States vs. Billie Holiday)

Vanessa Kirby (Pieces of a Woman)

Frances McDormand (Nomadland)

Carey Mulligan (Promising Young Woman)

Best Directing

Thomas Vinterberg (Another Round)

David Fincher (Mank)

Lee Isaac Chung (Minari)

Chloe Zhao (Nomadland)

Emerald Fennell (Promising Young Woman)

Best Picture

The Father

Judas and the Black Messiah


Minari Nomadland

Promising Young Woman

Sound of Metal

The Trial of the Chicago 7

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