During the MTV Movie & TV Awards tonight, Chadwick Boseman’s performance as King T’Challa in Black Panther won him the Best Hero award. His win came of little surprise, considering the mammoth success of the Marvel’s 18th movie in their shared cinematic universe.
While at the podium delivering his acceptance speech, Boseman thanked the fans for embracing the film and making it such a success. “Receiving an award for playing a superhero is amazing,” Boseman said, “but it’s even greater to acknowledge the heroes that we have in real life.”
Then Boseman called attention to James Shaw, Jr., who was in attendance. “You saved lives. Come on up here,” he said, asking Shaw to join him on stage, where he bestowed him with the Best Hero award.
Shaw became a media sensation in April when he wrestled an AR-15 from a gunman after he opened fired inside a Waffle House in Antioch, Tennessee. While the gunman had already killed four people, Shaw’s actions unquestionably saved the lives of others. He was clearly not expecting this response, as Boseman joked “You didn’t even know we was about to this.”
After handing Shaw his statuette, Boseman told him that “This is gonna live at your house.”
Shaw previously told NPR that “I’m not a hero. I’m just a regular person,” who reacted out of instinct to a dangerous situation. Others, including the police who responded to the scene, begged to differ, praising Shaw’s actions.
Clearly, Boseman agreed and chose to share the spotlight with him.
You can see Boseman’s entire acceptance speech below.
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Boseman also won for Best Performance, Michael B. Jordan won for Best Villain, and Black Panther took home best movie.