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Chadwick Boseman Receives Standing Ovation in Disney Legend Ceremony

The late actor Chadwick Boseman recently won an Emmy Award for his voiceover work with Marvel Studios on the series called What If…?, and even though many Marvel fans and Disney fans actually claimed that the Black Panther actor did not deserve the Emmy Award, Disney fans were more than welcoming towards the late actor when he was given a Disney Legend Award at today’s D23 Expo.

Chadwick Boseman received a standing ovation from the crowd attending the D23 Expo’s Disney Legend Awards ceremony (a ceremony during which Boseman posthumously received the award in the company of Frozen actors like Idina Menzel and Black-ish actors like Anthony Anderson), making his welcome far more positive than that of the current Walt Disney Company CEO Bob Chapek (who was actually booed during the D23 Expo).

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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

Chadwick Boseman died after a long and (at his request) well-hidden battle with colon cancer. The actor’s death shocked many Black Panther fans, since Marvel fans loved his character T’Challa, but it also shocked his co-workers and friends.

Boseman’s brother, Derrick Boseman, was at the D23 Expo today to accept the Disney Legend Award in his late brother’s honor. You can see a glimpse of Derrick Boseman at the D23 Expo in the Tweet shown below!

“Derrick Boseman is here to accept the Disney Legend award in honor of his brother, Chadwick Boseman,” D23 wrote in the Tweet.

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

Other highlights from the Disney Legend Awards ceremony included a magical performance by Idina Menzel (who received the Disney Legend Award alongside three of her co-stars), a surprising speech from actor Josh Gad, and two appearances from Grey’s Anatomy actors whose work typically seems far outside the Disney spectrum.

Disney Fanatic is continuing to cover the 2022 D23 Expo live from Anaheim, California — so keep checking back here for updates on the latest Disney news as it pertains to Disney Parks, Disney entertainment, and more!

About Sharon

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!