The late actor was nominated for his performance as trumpet player Levee Green in the adaptation of August Wilson’s 1982 play “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom,” which was released on Netflix in November. It was Boseman’s final film performance, as he died of cancer in August at age 43. 

The Best Picture winner was announced before the Best Actor winner on Sunday — a shift from tradition that many initially speculated was done so the ceremony could end with a tribute to Boseman. Instead, it led many people to be even more disappointed when the actor’s name was not called: 

Boseman also received the Best Actor award at the 12th annual African American Film Critics Association Awards earlier this month. 

Boseman’s wife, Taylor Simone Ledward, accepted that award on his behalf, delivering a powerful tribute to the late actor and his work in “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom,” which also stars Viola Davis as the famous blues singer.

“He would be so grateful for the recognition of everything that he gave to Levee Green,” Ledward said. “While the work would always remain paramount, the work is made possible by the process. The process allows you to reach your inner voice, so you have to protect it.”

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