Chadwick Boseman delivered a heartfelt speech honouring husband Chadwick Boseman (Picture: Getty Images)
Chadwick Boseman’s wife has broken her silence for the first time since the actor’s death to accept his Gotham Award in an emotional tribute.
His wife Simone Ledward had not spoken out about his death but made a surprise appearance during the Gotham Awards on Sunday evening.
Boseman was honoured for his portrayal of an ambitious trumpeter in Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, which was his final role.
Holding back tears, Simone said in a video: ‘He is the most honest person I’d ever met.
‘He didn’t just stop at speaking the truth, he actively searched for it in himself, in those around him and in the moment.
‘The truth can be a very easy thing for the self to avoid but if one does not live in truth, then it’s impossible to live in line with a divine purpose for your life.
‘And so it became how he lived his life, day in, day out, imperfect but determined. In doing so he was able to give himself over fully to every moment, to be totally present in his own life and in the lives of the people he became.’
Simone added that Boseman was ‘blessed to live many lives’ through his work and said she was honoured to receive the award on his behalf.
Becoming overwhelmed with emotion, Simone explained that the award was ‘an acknowledgement not only of his profound work but of his impact on this industry and this world’.
‘Chad, thank you. I love you, I am so proud of you. Keep shining your light on us,’ she added.
Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, which also stars Viola Davis, also scooped the biggest award of the night – best feature – solidifying its position as an Oscars frontrunner.
Other winners included audience award for Nomadland, which stars Frances McDormand as a middle-aged woman travelling through the American West, while Riz Ahmed won best actor for his role in The Sound Of Metal and Nicole Beharie scooped best actress for Miss Juneteenth.
Kingsley Ben-Adir won breakthrough actor for his portrayal of Malcolm X in One Night In Miami while Michaela Coel’s I May Destroy You was named breakthrough series (short format).