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The late Black Panther actor died during post-production of the Ma Rainey film, which is directed by George C. Wolfe and about Ma Rainey, an influential blues singer in the 1920s. Boseman plays Levee Green, a talented trumpet player.
Boseman died Aug. 28, 2020, at the age of 43 of colon cancer. His death shocked and devastated fans around the globe. On Monday, he was nominated for a best actor Oscar for his work in the picture.
Although he had been nominated for a slew of awards throughout his carer, including winning a Golden Globe this year for the same film, Monday marked the first time Boseman received an Oscar nomination.
Actors nominated in the same category include Riz Ahmed for Sound of Metal, Anthony Hopkins for The Father, Gary Oldman for Mank and Steven Yeun for Minari.
Boseman is the seventh performer to receive a posthumous nomination. The others were James Dean (Actor, East of Eden, 1955, and Actor, Giant, 1956); Spencer Tracy (Actor, Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner, 1967); Peter Finch, the only posthumous acting winner to date (Actor in a Leading Role, Network, 1976); Ralph Richardson (Actor in a Supporting Role, Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes, 1984); Massimo Troisi (Actor in a Leading Role, The Postman (Il Postino), 1995) and Heath Ledger (Actor in a Supporting Role, The Dark Knight, 2008).
The 93rd Academy Awards are on April 25.
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