Chadwick Boseman Is on Track to Make Oscar History

AWARDS BEAT

His performances in “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom” and “Da 5 Bloods” are powerful enough to make him a strong contender for not one but two posthumous nominations

Only eight actors in history have been nominated for Oscars posthumously. Only 12 actors have been nominated twice in the same year. Chadwick Boseman, sadly, could make history this Oscar season by winding up on both of those lists.

The actor, who died in August of this year after a battle with colon cancer that he hadn’t publicly disclosed, has been considered a solid Best Supporting Actor contender for months for his role in Spike Lee’s “Da 5 Bloods.” And with initial press screenings of George C. Wolfe’s Broadway adaptation “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom” taking place this week, Boseman makes a formidable case for Best Actor attention as well.

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Steve Pond

Steve Pond

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