Chadwick Boseman was remembered in a moving tribute during the 2020 Emmy Awards on Sunday night as they took place in Los Angeles.
The awards ceremony went ahead despite the coronavirus pandemic, with host Jimmy Kimmel presenting the show from an empty Staples Centre, as stars joined the ceremony virtually from their homes.
One touching moment saw the awards pay tribute to late Hollywood stars, including Black Panther actor Chadwick, who died from colon cancer in August aged 43.
His death shocked Hollywood and the rest of the world, as it came to light the Marvel actor had been secretly battling cancer for four years after first being diagnosed in 2016.
Remembering Chadwick and other stars who died earlier this year, including Glee star Naya Rivera and US presenter Regis Philbin, H.E.R took to the stage to perform a stripped back version of Prince’s hit Nothing Compares 2 U.
Her performance ended with footage of Chadwick delivering a speech playing on a huge screen behind her.
A black and white shot of the star was shown on the screen as H.E.R beautifully performed the hit.
Other stars that were honoured during the ‘in memoriam’ segment included Naya, who died aged 33 in July, actor Kirk Douglas, Fountains of Wayne singer Adam Schlesinger, John Witherspoon and Ja’Net Dubois.
Fans watching were left in tears over the tribute, with one posting on Twitter: ‘Chadwick. oh, this is heartbreaking…heartbreaking. in memoriam. #Emmys.’
Another said: ‘Chadwick came on and I couldn’t stop the tears #Emmys.’
One fan said the performance had left them with ‘goosebumps’, as they tweeted: ‘Goosebumps with that Chadwick Boseman clip. It’s still shocking. #Emmys.’
‘That Chadwick moment got me. Tears. #emmys,’ tweeted one more viewer.
The Emmys had also paid tribute to Supreme CourtJustice Ruth Bader Ginsburg who died aged 87 on Friday.
Host Jimmy introduced the in memoriam performance by honouring Ruth, as he said: ‘On Friday, we lost a great American. Ruth Bader Ginsburg was a compassionate and tireless champion of equality and justice.
‘She said her legacy was to make her life a little better for people less fortunate than she. Sounds like pretty good words to live by to me.’
Emmy winners on the night included Zendaya, comedy series Schitt’s Creek who took home seven awards, Mark Ruffalo, Jeremy Strong and Succession, Ozark’s Julia Garner and Regina King.
All the winners from 2020 Emmy Awards
Outstanding Lead Actor in a limited series or TV movie: Mark Ruffalo, I Know This Much Is True
Outstanding Lead Actress in a limited series or TV movie: Regina King, Watchmen
Supporting Actor in a limited series or movie: Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Watchmen
Supporting Actress in a limited series or movie: Uzo Aduba, Mrs America
Outstanding limited series: Watchmen
Outstanding Lead Actor in a drama series: Jeremy Strong, Succession
Outstanding Lead Actress in a drama series: Zendaya, Euphoria
Supporting Actor in a drama series: Billy Crudup, The Morning Show
Supporting Actress in a drama series: Julia Garner, Ozark
Outstanding drama series: Succession
Outstanding Lead Actor in a comedy series: Eugene Levy, Schitt’s Creek
Outstanding Lead Actress in a comedy series: Catherine O’Hara, Schitt’s Creek
Supporting Actor in a comedy series: Dan Levy, Schitt’s Creek
Supporting Actress in a comedy series: Annie Murphy, Schitt’s Creek
Outstanding comedy series: Schitt’s Creek
Outstanding reality/competition series: RuPaul’s Drag Race
Outstanding variety talk series: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver
Structured reality program: Queer Eye
Unstructured reality program: Cheer
Documentary or non-fictions series: The Last Dance
Guest Actress in a comedy series: Maya Rudolph, Saturday Night Live
Guest Actor in a comedy series: Eddie Murphy, Saturday Night Live
Guest Actress in a drama series: Cherry Jones, Succession
Guest Actor in a drama series: Ron Cephas Jones, This Is Us
Documentary or non-fiction special: The Apollo
Animated program: Rick and Morty
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