Chadwick Boseman is officially a Disney Legend.
The “Black Panther” star was inducted alongside other stars like Anthony Anderson, Kristen Bell and Josh Gad at Friday’s Disney Legends Award Ceremony at the D23 Expo. Boseman’s brother, Derrick Boseman, accepted the award on his late brother’s behalf.
“When I heard that Disney wanted to honor Chad, the first word that came to mind for me was the word honor,” Boseman said. “As I think about my brother and this honor that is being bestowed upon him, I wish that he was here to receive it. Him not being here has been a point of immense pain for my whole family. But as I think about him, I think about how he honored our parents. How he honored his family. How he honored even his friends, and he made sure that his friends had good careers. How he honored all the contracts that he signed. He honored them with his blood, his sweat, his tears, as he played these roles and he was taking chemo at the same time.”
The Disney Legends Award, a 35-year tradition by the company, is given to an individual who has made an extraordinary contribution to the Disney legacy. Boseman, who died in 2020 after a private battle with cancer, was recognized posthumously for his renowned role as King T’Challa in the 2018 Marvel blockbuster “Black Panther.” Thanks in part to Boseman’s renowned performance, the film was widely acclaimed, earning a best picture nomination at the Academy Awards and raking in over $1.3 billion worldwide.
“Chad was an amazing person,” his brother continued. “Plato is credited with coining the phrase that ‘art imitates life.’ But Oscar Wilde came behind him and said, ‘Life imitates art.’ And in Chad’s case, it seems that life is imitating art. If we pay attention in this thing called storytelling, a story is being told to us all… Thank you for honoring my brother. I want to say say: Chad, we’ll always love you. And mom and dad will always love you. To me, mom and daddy are also legends. Because it takes a king and a queen to create a king.”
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SOURCE: Variety, Carson Burton
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