‘Black Panther’ Star Speaks Out on Chadwick Boseman’s Oscar Snub

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Last year, the world lost a real-life hero — Chadwick Boseman — who passed away after secretly battling colon cancer. He was 43 years young.

Boseman famously brought King T’Challa to life in Marvel’s Black Panther, where he starred alongside Michael B. Jordan (Eric Killmonger). Now, Jordan is speaking out on Boseman’s Oscar snub, expressing his disappointment.

Related: ‘Chadwick Boseman – A Tribute for a King’ News Special

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King T’Challa / Black Panther was not the only role Chadwick Boseman was famous for playing. In fact, he was up for the Best Actor award at the 2021 Oscars for his role in Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom. The nominees for Best Actor were as followed:

  • Anthony Hopkins — The Father
  • Riz Ahmed — Sound of Metal
  • Chadwick Boseman — Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom
  • Gary Oldman — Mank
  • Steven Yeun — Minari

Anthony Hopkins ended up taking home the award, which shocked many across the country. Fans were expecting the late Chadwick Boseman to take the title of Best Actor, causing a lot of disappointment and even saying that Boseman was snubbed. Hopkins took to social media to pay tribute to the Black Panther star, saying the actor was taken from us way too early.

Now, Boseman’s co-star, Michael B. Jordan, is speaking out on the Oscar snub, expressing how he truly feels about the situation.

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In an interview with Sirius XM’s Jess Cagle, Jordan said that there isn’t a single award that would validate or invalidate Boseman’s legacy. When speaking to Jess Cagle, Jordan said:

“This is how I honestly and truly really feel about it: There’s like, there’s no award that can validate his legacy. There’s no win that can take anything away from the lives around the world that he impacted. So you’ve got to look at the things that we can control and the gifts and the blessings that he left us, and that’s this incredible body of work and what he represents for as a person and as the biggest one we could really ask for.”

You can watch the full interview here:

Marvel confirmed they would not recast Boseman nor use CGI to “recreate” the late actor for the upcoming sequel, Black Panther 2At this time, there is no word on if Michael B. Jordan will be part of Black Panther 2, but the actor did say he would love to have the opportunity to be involved in the franchise again.

Related: Michael B. Jordan Could Return and Reprise Role in ‘Black Panther 2’

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On the evening of Friday, August 28, the world lost a talented actor and real-life superhero. Chadwick Boseman, who famously brought King T’Challa to life in Marvel’s Black Panther, passed away from colon cancer. He was 43 years young.

His family released a statement saying:

“It is with immeasurable grief that we confirm the passing of Chadwick Boseman. 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 many of the films you have come to love so much.”

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The news came as a shock to many as they took to social media to express their condolences for the late actor. Everyone from around the world shared their love, kind words and thoughts on the passing of actor Chadwick Boseman, including The Walt Disney Company, Marvel Studios, and actors including Josh Gad, Chris Evans, Chris Pratt, Brie Larson, Zoe Saldana, Mark Ruffalo, and more. President Joe Biden and Former President Barack Obama even took to social media to express their condolences for the actor.

Did you want to see Boseman take home the Best Actor award or are you happy Anthony Hopkins won? Let us know in the comments below.

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