Chadwick Boseman receives posthumous Golden Globes nomination for Netflix’s ‘Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom’

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Chadwick Boseman plays Levee in the 2020 Netflix film “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom.” (David Lee/Netflix via Los Angeles Times)

Chadwick Boseman plays Levee in the 2020 Netflix film “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom.” (David Lee/Netflix via Los Angeles Times)

In what is becoming one of the major narratives of the current awards season, Chadwick Boseman earned a posthumous Golden Globes nomination Wednesday morning for lead actor in a motion picture, drama, his first nod from the Hollywood Foreign Press Assn.

The late actor, who died in August at the age of 43 after a three-year-long battle with colon cancer, was nominated for his role as Levee, a gifted but troubled trumpet player in Netflix’s “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom.” Directed by George C. Wolfe, the 1920s-set story was adapted by Ruben Santiago-Hudson from the August Wilson play.

Boseman’s “Ma Rainey” co-star Viola Davis, also a Globe nominee for her work, was among those who shared her memories with The Times last year: “Every time he came on set it was fiercely, absolutely about the work,” Davis said. “He was an artist, Chadwick was. He was an absolute joy.”

Having already received Gotham and Spirit nominations, in addition to winner or runner-up citations from the Chicago, Los Angeles and National Society of Film Critics critics groups, Boseman is considered a front-runner to receive a lead actor Academy Award nomination for “Ma Rainey‘s.”

Read the full story on LATimes.com.

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