Chadwick Boseman's Brother Reacts To Actor's Posthumous Nomination
By Hayden Brooks
November 16, 2020
Chadwick Boseman's older brother, Kevin, is honored to see his late sibling's work be acknowledged.
On Saturday (November 14), Kevin took to Instagram to share a sweet note about Boseman's Best Actor nomination at the upcoming IFP Gotham Awards. "I had to sit with this for a couple days. After screening this with him, I told him he was about to get all the nominations and… I was so faithful he’d be here to experience this moment," he captioned a photo of Boseman in character, alongside three heart emojis. “Congratulations, Baby Brother."
Ma Rainey's Black Bottom debuts on the streaming platform on December 18 and remains Boseman's final film since passing away in August from a four-year battle with colon cancer. He was 43. In the film, Boseman plays a trumpet player, Levee, who attempts to win his spot in the music industry. It also stars Viola Davis and was produced by Denzel Washington.
Previously, Kevin told The New York Times about his final conversation with the Avengers star. "Man, I'm in the fourth quarter, and I need you to get me out of the game," the sibling remembered his youngest brother telling him. Pushed for further details, Kevin said that [Boseman] meant that "he was tired. He was ready to go." "When he told me that, I changed my prayer from, 'God heal him, God save him,' to 'God, let your will be done.' And the next day he passed away," he recalled.
Boseman’s family shared the news of his death on August 28 in a lengthy statement. "It is with immeasurable grief that we confirm the passing of Chadwick Boseman," the family kicked off the message. "Chadwick was diagnosed with stage III colon cancer in 2016, and battled with it these last 4 years as it progressed to stage IV. A true fighter, Chadwick persevered through it all, and brought you many of the films you have come to love so much. From Marshall to Da 5 Bloods, August Wilson's Ma Rainey's Black Bottom and several more, all were filmed during and between countless surgeries and chemotherapy. It was the honor of his career to bring King T'Challa to life in Black Panther. He died in his home, with his wife and family by his side. The family thanks you for your love and prayers, and asks that you continue to respect their privacy during this difficult time."
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