While the late Chadwick Boseman didn't win the Best Actor Oscar, he previously nabbed the SAG, Critics Choice and Golden Globe Awards for his role Ma Rainey's Black Bottom

By Jen Juneau
April 26, 2021 11:22 AM
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Simone Ledward Boseman
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Simone Ledward Boseman was a vision in pink at the 2021 Academy Awards.

The widow of Chadwick Boseman — who was up for Best Actor during Sunday's ceremony, for his role in Ma Rainey's Black Bottom — donned a custom Atelier Versace coral-colored number for the evening's festivities.

Shown in photos shared by stylist Ashley Weston, the off-the-shoulder curve-hugging gown featured gold embroidery and pleated panels throughout that gathered into a long train.

Ledward Boseman finished the look with Bulgari jewelry, and styled her hair in a chic black bob.

"Thank you, Chadwick, for surrounding us with your love tonight," Weston captioned her Instagram post showing off her client's look. "Everything about today felt so right."

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Versace revealed on Instagram that the dress took 260 hours to construct and 300 hours to embroider the "marble-effect" accents.

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Simone Ledward Boseman and Chadwick Boseman at the 25th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards in 2019
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While Boseman, who died in August at age 43 after a private four-year battle with stage IV colon cancer, didn't win the Best Actor Oscar Sunday night, he earned SAG, Golden Globe, NAACP, Gotham and Critics Choice Awards this year, all of which his wife accepted in his honor.

As Ledward Boseman accepted the SAG Award for outstanding performance by a male actor in a leading role on her husband's behalf earlier this month, she thanked Boseman's parents Leroy and Carolyn, his Ma Rainey co-star Viola Davis, playwright August Wilson and actor Denzel Washington.

"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," she said while accepting the honor virtually.

Boseman's Best Actor nomination was his first-ever Oscar nod. In Ma Rainey, his final film role, Boseman portrayed troubled trumpet player Levee Green.

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Chadwick Boseman in Ma Rainey's Black Bottom
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At the Oscars, Anthony Hopkins took home the trophy for Best Actor, for his role in The Father. Aside from Boseman, he was up against Riz Ahmed (Sound of Metal), Gary Oldman (Mank) and Steven Yeun (Minari).

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Having been asleep in his home county of Wales at the time the winner was announced, Hopkins said in a belated acceptance speech on Instagram, "At 83 years of age, I did not expect to get this award. I really didn't. I'm very grateful to the Academy, and thank you."

He then went on to honor the late Black Panther actor, saying, "I want to pay tribute to Chadwick Boseman, who was taken from us far too early."

"And again, thank you all very much. I really did not expect this. So I feel very privileged and honored. Thank you," Hopkins concluded.

The 93rd Academy Awards aired live on Sunday, April 25, at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT on ABC.