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Black Panther star becomes the 1st black posthumous winner of the best actor Golden Globe award.

Chadwick Boseman won his first Golden Globe, and it was for a film he never got to see.

Chadwick Boseman, center, in "Ma Rainey's Black Bottom." Credit...David Lee/Netflix

Boseman’s widow, Taylor Simone Ledward, accepted the award for best actor in a motion picture drama on behalf of the late actor, who died in August of colon cancer at age 43 — three months before “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom” was released.

“He would say something beautiful, something inspiring, something that would amplify that little voice inside of all of us that tells you you can,” Simone Ledward said, as she and the audience wiped back tears. “That tells you to keep going, that calls you back to what you are meant to be doing at this moment in history.”

Boseman is the first Black winner in the category in nearly 15 years. (Forest Whitaker won at the 2007 ceremony for his performance as Idi Amin in “The Last King of Scotland.”) The honor also makes Boseman the first Black posthumous winner in an acting category.

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