Simone gave an emotional tribute to the actor while accepting the Actor Tribute honour at the Gotham Awards, saying the Black Panther star "made a practice of telling the truth", she reportedly said.
"He was blessed to live many lives within his concentrated one".
Keep shining your light on us, said Simone, wife of late Hollywood star Chadwick Boseman, as she came out in public and opened up for the first time since his death.
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The late star Chadwick is also likely to be nominated for an Oscar for his work in the Netflix movie Ma Rainey's Black Bottom. "He actively searched for it in himself, in those around him and in the moment".
Another British star, Kingsley Ben-Adir, won the award for breakthrough actor for his portrayal of Malcolm X in One Night In Miami, while in the TV categories, Michaela Coel's I May Destroy You was named breakthrough series (short format), while the long format category was won by Watchmen.
In addition to a best actor nod for Ma Rainey's Black Bottom, he also earned a supporting actor nomination for Spike Lee's Da 5 Bloods.More news: Judge Halts 1st US Execution of Female Inmate in 67 Years
Trying to hold her tears back she added in closing, "Chad, thank you".
Boseman passed away on August 20, 2020, from complications related to colon cancer. "He is the most honest person I've ever met", Ledward said.More news: Deadpool joining MCU with upcoming R-rated 3rd film
"This is how he lived his life, day after day", she continued. Shaping for us a path towards true fulfillment. Finally, Ledward thanked God for "giving Chad these gifts, and instilling the strength to bear its weight".
The Gotham Awards, hosted by the Independent Filmmaker Project, took place at Cipriani Wall Street in NY, and guests and nominees attended both in person and virtually. But the award for Best Actor ultimately went to Riz Ahmed for his role in "Sound Of Metal".
From writer and director Chloe Zhao, the film won two awards, including Best Feature and the Gotham Audience Award.More news: Why The PGA Championship Won't Happen At Trump's Course
Chadwick Boseman was awarded together with the protagonist of the film, Viola Davis, who considered him a son.