Chadwick Boseman was nominated for an Academy Award for his final performance in “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom.”
The nomination for best actor was the first Black performer ever nominated posthumously. He was nominated alongside Steven Yeun (“Minari”), Riz Ahmed (“Sound of Metal”), Anthony Hopkins (“The Father”) and Gary Oldman (“Mank”).
Only two actors won posthumously Peter Finch for his performance in 1976′s “Network” and Heath Ledger for 2008′s “The Dark Knight.”
Many predict Boseman will win, as he also won the Golden Globe for best actor in a drama.
Boseman died last August of colon cancer at age 43. Three months later, the August Wilson adaptation “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom” was released by Netflix.
Boseman also performed in Spike Lee’s “Da 5 Bloods” and he was nominated posthumously by the Screen Actors Guild Awards for “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom” and “Da 5 Bloods.”
It’s Boseman’s first Oscar nomination.
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