AceShowbiz - Chadwick Boseman has become an Emmy Award winner. Accepting the accolade for the late "Black Panther" actor was his wife, Taylor Simone Ledward, who said she is so "honored" to pick up the trophy on his behalf.
For the record, Boseman won the award for his voice performance in the Disney+ animated series, "What If...?". He was previously up against Jessica Walter, F. Murray Abraham ("Moon Knight"), Julie Andrews ("Bridgerton"), Maya Rudolph ("Big Mouth"), Stanley Tucci ("Central Park") and his "What If...?" co-star, Jeffrey Wright.
Grateful for Boseman's achievement, his wife said in her speech, "When I learned Chad was nominated, I started thinking of everything that was going on in the world and our world and being so in awe of his commitment and dedication." She added, "And what a beautifully aligned moment it really is that one of the last things he would work on would not only be revisiting 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."
Boseman sadly passed away at the age of 43 in August 2021 after battling colon cancer. The late actor himself secretly married Ledward a couple of months before his passing.