Chadwick Boseman honoured in emotional tribute at 2020 Emmy Awards

Chadwick Boseman honoured in emotional tribute at 2020 Emmy Awards

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.’

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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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