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Entertainment Chadwick Boseman could be in Oscar contention for new Netflix movie

18:00  23 october  2020
18:00  23 october  2020 Source:   digitalspy.com

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Chadwick Boseman may be in line for a posthumous Oscar award for his role in Netflix movie Ma Rainey's Black Bottom.

The actor, who was best known for his role as T'Challa / Black Panther in Marvel's Black Panther and Avengers movies, sadly passed away at the age of 43 in August from colon cancer, having kept his illness private.

Ma Rainey's Black Bottom will be Boseman's final on-screen appearance and Entertainment Weekly reports that Netflix is submitting his performance for the Best Actor category in the 2021 Academy Awards.

a group of people standing in a room: Chadwick Boseman, Ma Rainey's Black Bottom © Netflix Chadwick Boseman, Ma Rainey's Black Bottom

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It will also be putting forward his co-star Viola Davis for the Best Actress award.

Boseman also has a chance to be nominated in the Supporting Actor category for his role as Stormin' Norm in Spike Lee's Netflix movie Da 5 Bloods and if he were to receive both nominations, he would become the first actor to posthumously be nominated for two acting awards in one year.

Ma Rainey's Black Bottom is based on the 1982 play of the same name by August Wilson and focuses on legendary 'Mother of the Blues' Ma Rainey (Davis) during a fateful recording session in 1927 Chicago.

While recording, tensions begin to rise between Ma, ambitious and talented horn player Levee (Boseman) and the white manager and producer determined to control Ma and her music.

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a man and a woman sitting on a bench: Chadwick Boseman, Ma Rainey's Black Bottom © Netflix Chadwick Boseman, Ma Rainey's Black Bottom

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Glynn Turman, Colman Domingo and Michael Potts also star, while Denzel Washington is among the producers.

Boseman has been honoured by a number of people since his tragic passing, including his brothers Kevin and Derrick, Black Panther producer Nate Moore, Da 5 Bloods director Spike Lee and Marvel star Samuel L Jackson.

Ma Rainey's Black Bottom premieres on December 18 on Netflix.

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