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The late great Chadwick Boseman received his first Golden Globe award for Best Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama for his role as the confidently talented trumpet player Levee Green in the Netflix original film, Ma Rainey's Black Bottom. On Sunday night (Feb. 28), his wife, Taylor Simone Ledward, accepted the major win and delivered an emotional speech on his behalf.
“He would thank God. He would thank his parents. He would thank his ancestors for their guidance and their sacrifices,” Ledward Boseman began. “He would thank his incredible team...he would thank his team on set for this film...He would say something beautiful, something inspiring, something that would amplify that little voice inside of all of us that tells you, ‘You can,’ that tells you to keep going, that calls you back to what you are meant to be doing at this moment in history.”
She went on to say how he would thank the likes of Denzel Washington, Viola Davis, the many people at Netflix, and more.
“I don’t have his words," she said tearfully. "But we have to take all the moments to celebrate those we love, so thank you HFPA, for this opportunity to do exactly that. And, honey, you keep ’em coming. Thank you."
Ma Rainey's Black Bottom was Boseman's last role during his four-year battle with colon cancer and before his untimely death in August 2020 at the age of 43. His second-to-last role was as Norman Earl Holloway aka "Stormin'" in Spike Lee's war drama Da 5 Bloods.
Watch Taylor's tear-jerking acceptance speech down below.
Taylor Simone Ledward accepts the award for Best Actor in a Motion Picture, Drama on behalf of her late husband Chadwick Boseman at The #GoldenGlobes. pic.twitter.com/uz20f1kPHi
— NBC Entertainment (@nbc) March 1, 2021
Major congratulations are in order for Daniel Kaluuya as he won the Golden Globes' Best Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture award for his role as Black Panther Chairman Fred Hampton in Judas and the Black Messiah.
On Sunday night (Feb. 28), the British actor kicked off the night as the first award recipient and—thankfully after a bit of technical difficulty—delivered his first Golden Globes acceptance speech. After thanking his family, friends, and colleagues, he thanked London rapper C. Biz for creating "The Biz Is Mine," a song he'd listen to before every speech, Judas and the Black Messiah's director Shaka King, Ryan Coogler, and his castmates LaKeith Stansfield and Dominique Fishback.
"Man, this took all of me. I gave everything. Like the great Nipsey Hussle says, 'We're here to give 'til we're empty' and I gave everything," Kaluuya said. "And I couldn't give it to a more nobleman and that's Chairman Fred Hampton. I hope generations after this can see how brilliantly he thought, how brilliantly he spoke, and how brilliantly he loved. He taught me about myself and made me grow as a man and I appreciate him with all my heart. There's a lot of information about how he died, but I hope [that] you people out there will grow and learn about how incredibly he lived."
Kaluuya made history as the fifth Black actor to receive the Supporting Actor award. In 1983, Louis Gossett Jr. won the award for his role in An Officer and a Gentleman. Denzel Washington took home the award in 1990 for his role in Glory. Seventeen years later, Eddie Murphy won for his role in the 2006 film Dreamgirls. And in 2019, Mahershala Ali received the honor for his role in Moonlight.
Watch Kaluuya's full acceptance speech down below. Judas and the Black Messiah is steaming now on HBO Max.
Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson is teaming up with actor and director Kenya Barris to create a television series based on Jackson's New York Times bestseller, The 50th Law, co-written by author Robert Greene. The Power executive producer and black-ish creator will join forces to create an original show that will stream on Netflix. No word on its premiere date or who has been cast for the series.
In true, 50 Cent fashion, Jackson took to his official Instagram to celebrate and share the news. "Netflix now you know this is a problem, Kenya Barris is no joke," reads his post's caption. "And if me and you ain’t cool, you ain’t gonna make it. 😆Let’s work! 💣Boom🔥 🚦GreenLight Gang #bransoncognac #lecheminduroi #bottlerover"
Jackson will serve as co-producer by way of his G-Unit Film & Television company which has a hand in Starz's Power Book II: Ghost and ABC's For Life. Barris will work alongside his #blackAF co-executive producer Hale Rothstein for the pilot and show's script under his production company, Khalabo Ink Society.
Speaking of Khalabo Ink Society, Barris' and his company will have a hand in a couple of upcoming projects: Kid Cudi's upcoming adult animated music series, Entergalactic and MGM's upcoming biopic on the career and life of comedy legend, Richard Pryor.
Fif's G-Unit Film & Television imprint, more original programming is on the way: Power Book III: Raising Kanan premieres this summer and Black Mafia Family has begun shooting its series debut. His current shows —Power Book II; and For Life—have been renewed for another season on Starz and ABC, respectively.
Jackson and Greene's The 50th Law is a semi-autobiographical book that tackles lessons around fearlessness and strategy while including inspiring stories from 50 Cent's life and tales from notable historical figures. It went on to be a New York Times Bestseller in 2009.