Chadwick Boseman's Performance In 'Ma Rainey's Black Bottom' Could Win Him Posthumous Oscar

Chadwick Boseman's Performance In 'Ma Rainey's Black Bottom' Could Win Him Posthumous Oscar
November 16, 2020 - 20:13 / Amanda Stanford

Earning rave reviews for his work in Ma Rainey's Black Bottom, Chadwick Boseman has proved yet again he's one thespian we shall never forget. The Netflix film has been earning the late actor much praise, and some are calling for the actor to win an Oscar.

Early viewing of the Netflix original film, Ma Rainey's Black Bottom, set to be released on December 18, has earned the late Chadwick Boseman incredible praise. 

Working alongside Oscar-winner Viola Davis, Boseman has wowed audiences once again with his acting chops, and some critics are calling for Boseman to win a posthumous Oscar award.

Chadwick Boseman earns much praise

Chadwick Boseman's last film, Ma Rainey's Black Bottom, has earned much praise in the film industry. Despite not being out yet until December 18, critics are calling for the Academy to acknowledge Boseman for his incredible acting chops in the film.

Chadwick Boseman attends the photocall for STX Entertainment's "21 Bridges" .

The Netflix original will be Boseman's last work following his passing to cancer in August of 2020, alongside Oscar winner, Viola Davis.

The film, which is based on a play written in 1982, follows "Ma Rainey", played by Davis, and her experience in 1927 as a jazz musician, and the racial tensions that the music world has endured as white producers profit off of their Black employees.

In the film, Boseman plays "Levee", a troubled trumpet player who is striving to make his own in the music industry.

Film critics are saying his role could earn him a posthumous Oscar, with one critic saying, "Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom gives us an outstanding turn from Viola Davis but it’s Chadwick Boseman that leaves it all out on the floor in a stellar, Sidney Poitier-level, Oscar-worthy performance."

"Chadwick Boseman’s swan-song is his best with two stunning monologues that rank among some of the best ever," said another.

Watch the full trailer of the film below!