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Chadwick Boseman Receives Posthumous Emmy Nomination

Emmy nominations were just announced, and Chadwick Boseman has been nominated for the Emmy Award for “Outstanding Character Voice-Over Performance” for his voiceover work in What If…, the animated series on Disney+ that turns iconic Marvel Studios or Marvel comic stories on their head.

Chadwick Boseman died two years ago in 2020 at only 43 years old, after battling colon cancer for four years secretly with only a few select people knowing about his illness. The American actor appeared in four different Marvel movies as the Marvel Cinematic Universe and Marvel comic book character called Black Panther. 

Chadwick Boseman’s performance as T’Challa, the Black Panther and leader of Wakanda, received rave reviews when the Marvel movie premiered in 2018. The young actor won the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture that year and shared the 2018 Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture with his co-stars.

Recently, Boseman’s widow Simone Ledward (a musician) has begun dividing the money left to her by Boseman ($2.3 million) equally between herself and Chadwick’s parents Carolyn and Leroy. Chadwick Boseman did not have a will written.

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T’Challa the Black Panther (played by the late Chadwick Boseman) and W’Kabi (played by Daniel Kaluuya) in Black Panther. Credit: Variety

In What If…?, Chadwick Boseman voiced a different version of his character T’Challa in an alternate Marvel Cinematic Universe where T’Challa has become the intergalactic adventurer “Star-Lord” instead of Peter Quill from the Guardians of the Galaxy films.

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Michael B. Jordan played Erik Killmonger opposite Chadwick Boseman’s T’Challa. Credit: Marvel

Other Emmy nominations this year included one for Disney Channel alum Selena Gomez, whose popular show Only Murders in the Building is up for an Emmy award, and an Outstanding Lead Actress nomination for Disney princess Elle Fanning from the Maleficent films. Zendaya also got three Emmy nominations for Euphoria, and the Disney+ show Hawkeye received nominations for Outstanding Stunt Coordination for a Comedy Series or Variety Program and Outstanding Stunt Performance.

What If…? also received Emmy nominations for Outstanding Animated Program and another Character Voice-Over Performance award (this time for Jeffrey Wright, who voices The Watcher).

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Sharon is a writer and animal lover from New England. Sharon's two main focuses in her work are Disney's correlations with pop culture and the significance of Disney princesses (which was the basis for her college thesis). When she's not writing about Disney, Sharon spends her time singing, dancing, and cavorting with woodland creatures!