As with Boseman's other posthumous awards this year, his wife, Simone Ledward Boseman, accepted the honor on his behalf.
"Thank you, God. Thank you Leroy and Carolyn Boseman," she said before thanking his co-stars and Ma Rainey's filmmakers. "If you see the world unbalanced, be a crusader that pushes heavily on the seesaw of the mind. That's a quote by Chadwick Boseman. Thank you Screen Actors. Thank you, Chad."
Boseman was also nominated for Outstanding Male Actor in a Supporting Role for Da 5 Bloods. The award went to Judas and the Black Messiah's Daniel Kaluuya, who decided the win to his fellow nominee, saying, "This one's for Chadwick Boseman."
"We know what it's like to be told that there's not a screen for you to be featured on, a stage for you to be featured on. We know what it's like to be the tail and not the head. We know what it's like to be beneath and not above," he said. "That is what we went to work with every day, because we know, not that we would be around during awards season or that it would make a billion dollars, but we knew that we had something special that we wanted to give the world."
"That we could be full human beings in the roles that we were playing, that we could create a world that exemplified a world that we wanted to see. And to come to work every day and to solve problems with this group of people, this director, that is something that I wish all actors would get the opportunity to experience," Boseman concluded. "If you get to experience that, you will be a fulfilled artist."