Chadwick Boseman

Its been a week since it was announced that Chadwick Boseman died of Colon Cancer. For many people Chadwick will be remembered as Black Panther from the Avengers Movies. It has been a long time since I have posted a blog and I have spent the last week deciding between writing about Colon Cancer or Chadwick Boseman. In the end I decided to write about both. This post will be about Chadwick Boseman with Colon Cancer to follow shortly.

Chadwick Boseman was born in Anderson South Carolina on November 29th, 1976 and died aged 43 in Los Angeles on August 28th, 2020, after a four-year battle with Cancer. Like many actors Chadwick Boseman started off with small guest roles on tv shows such as Third Watch, Law and Order as well as CSI New York. In 2008 Chadwick had a regular role in American tv series Lincoln Heights and appeared in his first feature film, The Express: The Ernie Davis Story. Chadwick Boseman also wrote plays such as Deep Azure performed at the Congo Square Theatre Company in Chicago; it was nominated for a 2006 Joseph Jefferson Award for New Work. Plays he wrote, including Rhyme Deferred (co-writer and performer), and Hieroglyphic Graffiti were part of the Hip Hop theatre movement.

Black Panther was a ground-breaking movie for many reasons. It was the first blockbuster movie with a predominantly black cast with a black leading man. Even in 2018 there were directors and film critics in Hollywood claiming Black Panther would be a flop simply because it did not have enough white actors. There were also claims that a black man would not be taken seriously in a leading role. Maybe I am naive, however I do not see how the colour of a person’s skin could possibly be an issue in their acting ability.  When this was brought up by journalists reporting Chadwick’s death I began to think of all the amazing black actor’s such as Morgan Freeman, Eddie Murphy, Samuel L Jackson and Halle Berry  who have all played leading roles in successful films. The more I thought about it the more I realised that these actor’s all spoke with American accents, whereas in Black Panther the actors all spoke in an African accent. To me this still should not have been an issue, again I may be naïve.

Chadwick Boseman’s films, tv appearances and awards are detailed below:

Film

YearTitleRoleNotes
2008The Express: The Ernie Davis StoryFloyd Little
2012The Kill HoleLt. Samuel Drake
201342Jackie Robinson
2014Draft DayVontae Mack
2014Get on UpJames Brown
2016Gods of EgyptThoth
2016Captain America: Civil WarT’Challa / Black Panther
2016Message from the KingJacob KingAlso, executive producer
2017MarshallThurgood MarshallAlso, co-producer
2018Black PantherT’Challa / Black Panther
2018Avengers: Infinity War
2019Avengers: Endgame
201921 BridgesAndre DavisAlso, producer
2020Da 5 BloodsNorman Earl “Stormin’ Norm” Holloway
TBAMa Rainey’s Black Bottom daggerLeveePost-production; posthumous release

Television[edit]

YearTitleRoleNotes
2003All My ChildrenReggie PorterRecurring role
2003Third WatchDavid WaferEpisode: “In Lieu of Johnson”
2004Law & OrderFoster KeyesEpisode: “Can I Get a Witness?”
2006CSI: NYRondoEpisode: “Heroes”
2008ERDerek TaylorEpisode: “Oh, Brother”
2008Cold CaseDexter CollinsEpisode: “Street Money”
2008–2009Lincoln HeightsNathaniel “Nate” Ray9 episodes
2009Lie to MeCabe McNeilEpisode: “Truth or Consequences”
2010Persons UnknownSergeant McNairMain role; 13 episodes
2010The GladesMichael RichmondEpisode: “Honey”
2011CastleChuck RussellEpisode: “Poof, You’re Dead”
2011FringeMark Little / Cameron JamesEpisode: “Subject 9
2011Detroit 1-8-7Tommy WestinEpisode: “Beaten/Cover Letter”
2011JustifiedRalph BeemanEpisode: “For Blood or Money”
2018Saturday Night LiveHimself (host)Episode: “Chadwick Boseman/Cardi B
2021What If…? daggerT’Challa / Black Panther / Star-LordGuest voice role; posthumous release

Awards and nominations

YearAwardCategoryNominated workResult
2013Chicago Film Critics AssociationMost Promising Performer42Nominated
2014Black Reel AwardsOutstanding Breakthrough Performance, MaleNominated
2014American Black Film FestivalMost Promising PerformerNominated
2014NAACP Image AwardsOutstanding Actor in a Motion PictureNominated
2014Dublin Film Critics’ CircleBest ActorGet on UpNominated
2015Santa Barbara International Film FestivalVirtuosos AwardNominated
2015NAACP Image AwardsOutstanding Actor in a Motion PictureNominated
2015Black Reel AwardsBest ActorNominated
2016Teen Choice AwardsChoice Movie: ChemistryCaptain America: Civil WarNominated
Choice Movie: Scene StealerNominated
2017NAACP Image AwardsOutstanding Supporting Actor in a Motion PictureNominated
2017Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards#SQUADNominated
2017Saturn AwardsBest Supporting ActorNominated
2018NAACP Image AwardsOutstanding Actor in a Motion PictureMarshallNominated
2018Black Reel AwardsBest ActorNominated
2018MTV Movie & TV AwardsBest Performance in a MovieBlack PantherWon
Best HeroWon
Best Fight (Black Panther vs M’Baku)Nominated
Best On-Screen Team (with Lupita Nyong’oLetitia Wright and Danai Gurira)Nominated
2018BET AwardsBest ActorMarshall and Black PantherWon
2018Saturn AwardsBest ActorBlack PantherNominated
2018Teen Choice AwardsChoice Sci-Fi Movie ActorNominated
Choice LiplockNominated
Choice Movie ShipNominated
2018People’s Choice AwardsMale Movie Star of the YearWon
Action Movie Star of the YearNominated
2019Screen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion PictureWon
2019Black Reel AwardsOutstanding ActorWon
2019Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice AwardsFavourite Movie ActorNominated
Favourite SuperheroNominated
2019NAACP Image AwardsOutstanding Actor in a Motion PictureWon
Entertainer of the YearNominated
2019BET AwardsBest ActorAvengers: Infinity War and Avengers: EndgameNominated
2020NAACP Image AwardsOutstanding Actor in a Motion Picture21 Bridges

What I find the most amazing about Chadwick Boseman is that he was diagnosed with terminal cancer in 2016, yet he still filmed Black Panther, Avengers movies and visited children with cancer in the hospital, all while dying of cancer himself. Chadwick would go to the hospital for cancer treatment, then visit children, film his scenes in his movies and still make all his appearances.

Chadwick Boseman you truly are an amazing man. Rest in Peace.

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