Black Panther star Chadwick Boseman posthumously won this year’s Emmy for Outstanding Character Voice-Over performance for his work on Disney+ and Marvel Studios’ animated series What If…?, marking his first Emmy nomination and win.
As reported by Variety, the Television Academy gave one last honor to the late actor’s greatness by bestowing him with an Emmy award. The actor, who died of colon cancer in August 2020 at 43, made an indelible mark on the Marvel Cinematic Universe delivering stunning performances as T’Challa in Captain America: Civil War and Black Panther as well as Avengers: End Game.
His voice work as Star-Lord T’Challa in the animated series, which aired on Disney+ almost a year after his passing, would be one of his last projects. The animated series examines what would happen if pivotal events throughout the MCU timeline were changed, sending the universe and viewers into a variety of alternate futures.
Chadwick’s wife, Simone Ledward Boseman, accepted the award on her late husband’s behalf. Taking the stage at Los Angeles’ Microsoft Theater, Simone spoke to the crowd about how her late husband recorded the role amid his private health battle. “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,” she said, per The Hollywood Reporter.
“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,” Simone 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.” Prior to his Emmy win, Boseman received posthumous nominations and wins for two of his final live action roles in Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom and Da 5 Bloods.
Chadwick Boseman previously portrayed the canon version of King T’Challa in 2018’s Black Panther , which even won three Oscars. A sequel, Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, is set to hit theaters this November, with much of the original cast and director/co-writer Ryan Coogler returning.