Chadwick Boseman to Receive Posthumous Honor at 2020 Gotham Awards

Chadwick Boseman
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The late actor will be recognized alongside his fellow 'Ma Rainey's Black Bottom' star, Viola Davis, who will receive the actress tribute at the independent film ceremony.

Chadwick Boseman already received a posthumous Gotham Independent Film Awards nomination for his role in Ma Rainey's Black Bottom.

But regardless of who wins in the best actor category in which he's nominated, Boseman will still be honored at the ceremony. The late actor will receive the awards' annual actor tribute.

His fellow Ma Rainey's Black Bottom star Viola Davis will receive the actress tribute, the first time the Gotham Awards have honored two actors from the same film with a tribute.

Boseman, who died in August at the age of 43 after a secret battle with colon cancer, had memorable starring roles in films like 42, Get On Up, Marshall, Da 5 Bloods and, of course, as the titular superhero in Black Panther. Ma Rainey's Black Bottom marks his final film performance.

George C. Wolfe's film, set to be available on Netflix on Dec. 18, is based on August Wilson's play and tells of a heated recording session involving blues singer Ma Rainey and her band.

Davis is an Oscar, Emmy and Tony-winning actress whose credits include Oscar- and Tony-winning roles in Fences, her Emmy-winning starring turn in the TV series How to Get Away With Murder, The Help, Doubt, Widows and Prisoners. She is the first Black actress to win a competitive Oscar, Emmy and Tony in the acting categories.

Kelly Reichardt's First Cow leads this year's Gotham nominations with four nods, with the following films each earning two nods: Eliza Hittman's Never Rarely Sometimes Always, Chloé Zhao's Nomadland, Radha Blank's The Forty-Year-Old Version, Charlie Kaufman's I'm Thinking of Ending Things, Andrew Patterson's The Vast of Night, Channing Godfrey Peoples' Miss Juneteenth, Sean Durkin's The Nest and Alex Thompson's Saint Frances.

The 30th annual Gotham Awards ceremony will take place in a hybrid format on Monday, Jan. 11, live from the show's regular venue, New York's Cipriani Wall Street, with virtual interactive tables.

The recipients of the awards' annual director and industry tributes will be announced at a later date.