“He would thank God. He would thank his parents. He would thank his ancestors for their guidance and their sacrifices.”
That’s how Taylor Simone Ledward opened the acceptance speech for the Golden Globe for Best Actor in a Motion Picture, Drama, which went to her late husband Chadwick Boseman. The Black Panther star passed away last summer after a long, private battle with colon cancer, but not before he turned in an astonishing, final performance in Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, the role that would win him his Globe, besting strong contenders like Sir Anthony Hopkins, Riz Ahmed and Gary Oldman.
Ledward and Boseman started dating in 2015 and got engaged in 2019. The two had married in secret about a year before Boseman’s passing.
Ledward fought back tears as she attempted to duly credit the many people who had helped her husband during his wonderful, cruelly brief career. “He would say something beautiful. Something inspiring,” she said. “Something that would amplify that little voice inside of all of us that tells you you can, that tells you to keep going, that calls you back to what you are meant to be doing at this moment in history.”
“And I don’t have his words,” she admitted. True enough, but her own were incredibly powerful on their own.