Six Months After Death, Chadwick Boseman Wins ‘Best Actor’ At Golden Globes

(FILES) In this file photo taken on March 30, 2019 Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture for Black Panther Chadwick Boseman poses with his award in the press room during the 50th NAACP Image awards at the Dolby theatre in Los Angeles. (Photo by Lisa O’CONNOR / AFP)

 

The late Chadwick Boseman on Sunday won the Golden Globe for best actor in a drama for his poignant role in “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom,” which comes just months after he died of cancer at age 43.

His wife gave a moving speech to accept his prize, which was awarded to him over Riz Ahmed (“Sound of Metal”), Anthony Hopkins (“The Father”), Gary Oldman (“Mank”) and Tahar Rahim (“The Mauritanian”).

“He would thank his ancestors for their guidance and their sacrifice,” said his widow, Taylor Simone Ledward, accepting on his behalf.

“He would say something beautiful, something inspiring, something that would amplify that little voice that tells you you can, that tells you to keep going, that calls you back to what you are meant to be doing at this moment in history,” she added.

Meanwhile, US road movie “Nomadland” made Golden Globes history as Chloe Zhao became the first female director to win the awards’ top prize for best drama with her film about a generation of marginalized Americans roaming the West in vans, which now motors into Oscars pole position.

Zhao also bagged the best director Globe, making her only the second woman to do so in the history of Hollywood’s traditional awards season opener, which was a mainly virtual ceremony due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Semi-fictional film “Nomadland” stars Oscar winner Frances McDormand alongside a rag-tag bunch of non-actors who truly live on the open road, working mostly menial jobs to scrape by off the grid.

“I especially want to thank the nomads who shared their stories with us,” said Beijing-born Zhao, 38.

“For everyone who has gone through this difficult and beautiful journey at some point in their lives — this is for you. We don’t say goodbye. We say see you down the road,” she added later on, after the film won top honors.

Usually a star-packed party that draws Tinseltown’s biggest names to a Beverly Hills hotel ballroom, this pandemic edition of the Globes was broadcast from identical sets at the Beverly Hilton and New York’s Rainbow Room, with essential workers and a few A-list presenters among the few in attendance.

‘One unzipping’

Unlike the Oscars, the Globes split most movie categories into drama and “musical or comedy.”

“Borat Subsequent Moviefilm,” a sequel about the fictional Kazakh journalist, won the comedy section’s best film and best actor prizes for creator Sacha Baron Cohen.

“Hold on, Donald Trump is contesting the result. He claimed a lot of dead people voted, which is a very rude thing to say about the HFPA,” joked Cohen, referring to the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, which organizes the Globes.

Cohen also had a couple of zingers for Trump’s lawyer Rudy Giuliani, who was tricked into a fake hotel room “interview” with an attractive and flirtatious young woman, played by nominee Maria Bakalova.

This handout photo courtesy of the HFPA shows Salma Hayek and Sterling K. Brown elbow bump as they arriving for the 78th Annual Golden Globe Awards in Beverly Hills, California on February 28, 2021.  HFPA / AFP
This handout photo courtesy of the HFPA shows Salma Hayek and Sterling K. Brown elbow bump as they arriving for the 78th Annual Golden Globe Awards in Beverly Hills, California on February 28, 2021. HFPA / AFP

 

“I mean, who can get more laughs out of one unzipping? It’s just incredible,” asked Cohen.

Best comedy actress went to Rosamund Pike for Netflix’s dark thriller “I Care A Lot.”

“I had to swim up from a sinking car. I think I still would rather do that than have to be in a room with Rudy Giuliani,” said Pike.

The biggest upset came as Andra Day won best drama actress for her portrayal of the legendary jazz singer Billie Holiday in “The United States vs. Billie Holiday.”

‘Black, um back’

Comedians Tina Fey and Amy Poehler — hosting from opposite coasts — opened the ceremony making fun of the HFPA, which has been under mounting pressure for its lack of diversity.

“The Hollywood Foreign Press Association is made up of around 90 — no Black — journalists that attend movie junkets each year, in search for a better life,” said Fey.

Three senior HFPA officials took the Globes stage early in the night, pledging “a more inclusive future,” after several influential showbiz groups had piled on criticism including Hollywood’s actors and directors unions.

But the punches kept coming, with presenter Sterling K Brown quipping: “It is great to be black, um back, at the Golden Globes.”

Despite that controversy, the Globes remain a coveted prize and a high-profile source of momentum in the run-up to the season-crowning Oscars, which were pushed back this year to April 25.

Aaron Sorkin’s “The Trial of the Chicago 7” had been tipped for multiple Globes but had to settle for best screenplay, while “Mank” — an ode to “Citizen Kane” — left empty-handed despite topping the nominations.

‘The Crown’ reigns

The remote ceremony battled through technical glitches and a few awkward moments.

The night’s first winner, Daniel Kaluuya, initially lost sound for his acceptance speech, forcing in-studio presenter Laura Dern to apologize before audio was restored.

“You’re doing me dirty! Am I on?” joked best supporting actor Kaluuya, before paying tribute to late Black Panther leader Fred Hampton, who he played in “Judas and the Black Messiah.”

Jodie Foster won best supporting actress for Guantanamo legal drama “The Mauritanian,” while Korean-American immigrant family drama “Minari” won the Globe for best foreign language film.

Pixar’s “Soul” — mispronounced by presenter Tracy Morgan as “Sawl,” to widespread amusement among the various stars appearing on videolink — won best animated feature, as well as best musical score.

In the television categories, the latest season of “The Crown” continued the show’s multi-year dominance at the Globes, with three acting awards and best drama series honors.

Netflix scored further wins for “The Queen’s Gambit,” for best limited series and best actress with Anya Taylor-Joy, while “Schitt’s Creek” followed up its Emmys sweep with best TV comedy.

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Boseman Leads US Screen Actors Guild Noms As ‘Ma Rainey’, ‘Minari’ Soar

(FILES) In this file photo taken on March 30, 2019, Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture for Black Panther Chadwick Boseman poses with his award in the press room during the 50th NAACP Image Awards at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. (Photo by Lisa O’CONNOR / AFP)

 

 

The late Chadwick Boseman earned double Screen Actors Guild awards nominations Thursday, boosting hopes of posthumous Oscars glory for the trailblazing “Black Panther” star.

Hollywood’s acting union nominated Boseman for his lead role as an ambitious young horn player in 1920s blues drama “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom,” and his supporting role as a Vietnam War soldier in Spike Lee’s “Da 5 Bloods.”

Both films also scored nominations for best cast — the top prize at the SAG ceremony, which like much of the Tinseltown awards calendar has been delayed by the coronavirus pandemic.

Although less high-profile than the Golden Globes nominations a day earlier, the SAG awards are seen as a stronger indicator of Oscars glory, since actors represent the largest branch of the roughly 10,000 Oscar voters in the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

Only two actors have ever posthumously won Oscars — Peter Finch for 1976’s “Network,” and Heath Ledger for 2008’s “The Dark Knight.”

Boseman died at age 43 in August last year from colon cancer, a diagnosis he never publicly discussed.

Boseman’s co-star Viola Davis also earned a lead actress nod for “Ma Rainey,” putting it in a tie atop the SAG film acting nominations with Korean-American drama “Minari.”

“Minari,” which follows an immigrant family who move to 1980s rural Arkansas to scrape together a new life, is hoping to emulate “Parasite” — which won last year’s SAG best cast prize before ultimately being named the Oscars best picture.

Former “Walking Dead” favorite Steven Yeun and veteran South Korean star Youn Yuh-jung were both recognized for the film, along with the ensemble cast.

Rounding out the prestigious best cast category were a pair of 1960s-set civil rights movies: “One Night in Miami” and courtroom drama “The Trial of the Chicago 7.”

Netflix again dominated the film nominations with 13, while rival streamer Amazon followed with four.

– Trump row –
Former US president Donald Trump threatened to overshadow the morning’s announcement with an angry letter resigning from the Hollywood union, which had recently launched disciplinary action against him.

In the letter published on Thursday, the former star of reality TV show “The Apprentice” dismissed SAG’s threat to expel him with the words: “Who cares!”

“I no longer wish to be associated with your union… You have done nothing for me,” wrote Trump, whose screen credits include “Home Alone 2” and “Zoolander.”

SAG-AFTRA offered a succinct reply: “Thank you.”

The union had voted last month to find “probable cause of a violation” by Trump in connection with the January 6 mob attack on the US Capitol.

It instructed a committee to investigate those events and Trump’s mistreatment of broadcast journalists — whom the 160,000-member union also represents.

Also among the ranks of SAG members are Hollywood’s stunt workers, who receive their only major awards recognition at the annual SAG ceremony.

“Da 5 Bloods” and “Chicago 7” landed stunt nominations Thursday, alongside Disney’s “Mulan,” Tom Hanks-starring western “News of the World,” and superhero movie “Wonder Woman 1984.”

On the television side, “The Crown” and “Schitt’s Creek” followed a strong showing at the Globes by topping the SAG nominations with five apiece.

The SAGs nominated several TV shows overlooked by the Globes, including Netflix mega-hit “Bridgerton” and acclaimed British drama “I May Destroy You.”

The nominations were announced on Instagram Live by Daveed Diggs — who earned a television acting nod for the Disney+ version of Broadway hit “Hamilton” — and Lily Collins (“Emily in Paris”).

The 27th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards were twice postponed, first by the pandemic and later by a clash with music’s Grammys. They will now take place on April 4, followed by the Oscars on April 25.

Chadwick Boseman Role In ‘Black Panther’ Will Not Be Recast For Sequel

(FILES) Chadwick Boseman, the star of the ground-breaking superhero movie “Black Panther,”  died from colon cancer, his publicist told AFP August 28.
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There will be only one T’Challa: Disney paid tribute to the late Chadwick Boseman Thursday by announcing that his pioneering role in “Black Panther” will not be recast in the sequel, as the company set out details of its upcoming Marvel superhero films and series.

Boseman died in August after a four-year battle with colon cancer, having never publicly discussed his condition, throwing the follow-up to one of the record-breaking Marvel films’ most acclaimed movies into doubt.

“His portrayal of T’Challa the Black Panther is iconic and transcends any iteration of the character in any other medium from Marvel’s past — and it’s for that reason that we will not recast the character,” Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige told Disney’s investor day.

But a planned sequel to the 2018 smash hit — which saw Boseman play the first black superhero to get his own standalone film in the franchise — will still go ahead using “all of the rich and varied characters introduced in the first film.”

“To honor the legacy that Chad helped us build through his portrayal of the king of Wakanda, we want to continue to explore the world of Wakanda,” with returning director Ryan Coogler “hard at work on the sequel now,” added Feige.

The original “Black Panther,” set in the fictional African kingdom of Wakanda, was adored by critics and audiences, becoming the first comic book film to be nominated for best picture at the Oscars and grossing over $1 billion worldwide.

The sequel is due in theaters in July 2022.

In a packed presentation covering more than 20 upcoming Marvel films and series, Feige announced that a new “Fantastic Four” movie will be directed by Jon Watts, who helped to reinvigorate the “Spider Man” films.

Disney acquired the movie rights to the “Fantastic Four” characters with its recent takeover of the rival Fox film studio, which had produced a 2015 flop based on the comic books.

Big screen return

Among other Marvel film announcements, Christian Bale joins “Thor: Love and Thunder” as the sequel’s villain, with filming due to start next month.

Samuel L Jackson reprises his role in the franchise for “Secret Invasion” on the Disney+ streaming service, which Feige hyped as “arguably the biggest crossover comic event in the last 20 years.”

With Robert Downey Jr’s popular Iron Man character having seemingly departed the Marvel films, “If Beale Street Could Talk” actress Dominique Thorne will star in new series “Ironheart” about a female genius inventor with an advanced suit of armor.

Marvel films veteran Don Cheadle will reprise his role for “Armor Wars,” also a Disney+ series.

Amid fears Disney could emulate rival Warner Bros in sending next year’s blockbusters straight to streaming, Feige confirmed the long-delayed “Black Widow” superhero movie starring Scarlett Johansson will “return to the big screen” in May.

At the start of Disney’s investor day Kareem Daniel, head of the company’s distribution unit, previewed plans to “release roughly 10 Marvel series, 10 ‘Star Wars’ series” as well as 15 Disney series and 15 Disney films on Disney+ “over the next few years.”

Disney also set out plans for a Pixar “origin story” for popular “Toy Story” character Buzz Lightyear, and a new “Sister Act” sequel with Whoopi Goldberg returning.

A new series based on the “Alien” films but set on Earth will be overseen by Noah Hawley (“Fargo”) along with original director Ridley Scott, while “Hamilton” creator Lin-Manuel Miranda will pen songs for “Encanto,” Disney’s 60th animated film set in a Colombian world of magic realism.

 

LeBron James Sombre After Losing Black Panther, Black Mamba In 2020

LAKE BUENA VISTA, FLORIDA – AUGUST 29: LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers crosses his arms for the Wakanda salute during a moment of silence to honor the death of actor Chadwick Boseman before the start of Game Five of the Western Conference First Round against the Portland Trail Blazers during the 2020 NBA Playoffs at AdventHealth Arena at ESPN Wide World Of Sports Complex on August 29, 2020 in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images/AFP

 

LeBron James described 2020 as the worst year of his life on Saturday, with the Los Angeles Lakers superstar losing two of his black heroes just seven months apart.

James honoured actor Chadwick Boseman prior to the Lakers game five first-round playoff contest against Portland by folding his arms across his chest in the Wakanda salute from the Black Panther movie.

Boseman, star of the ground-breaking superhero blockbuster, died at the age of 43 this week after a battle with cancer. His death comes seven months after former Laker icon Kobe Bryant died in a helicopter crash.

“To lose the Black Panther and the Black Mamba in the same year, we can all agree that 2020 is the (expletive) year … in my 35 years, there is no question,” said James.

James also talked Saturday about stepping up his leadership both on and off the court in the NBA’s pandemic bubble, using his platform to ignite social justice change in communities across the United States.

“It is great to be back on the floor. But more important it is good to have a (social justice) plan and execute it and put into action right away,” said James, who scored 36 points as the Lakers reached the second round of the playoffs with a 131-122 win in over the Trail Blazers.

James this week helped negotiate the NBA’s restart after the players decided to boycott three days of playoff games following the shooting of Jacob Blake by police in Wisconsin.

He was part of an initiative Saturday to get Staples Center and other NBA arenas designated as polling stations for the US presidential election this year.

James, who is no fan of US President Donald Trump, has spoken out numerous times since the Black Lives Matter protests started that change can happen when Americans use their right to vote.

“Having NBA arenas for polling sites is unbelievable,” James said. “November is just around the corner and we all understand how important that is.”

James said the players did consider not playing any more games this season, but added he was confident throughout the talks that they could work out a deal with the owners.

“There was some doubt,” James said. “It is great that we put together a plan. We are going to execute it. That is what we have been able to do the last few days.

“With solidarity we stood with our brothers from Milwaukee. We stood with them as a league.”

James said one of the problems with the way the NBA’s bubble was set up is that they are dealing with a busier game schedule than normal.

“We had a mission. That mission was lost in translation,” he said. “When the playoffs started. We were playing every other day.

“When we are trying to create (social justice) change we can’t lose site of what the main thing is. This was an opportunity to take a deep breath.

“It was the moment to just exhale and say what are we really doing and are we really trying to create change.”

James, who is a father, admitted he has thought about leaving the bubble environment in Orlando, Florida, but more so because of reasons other than political ones.

“I have had numerous nights and days, thinking about leaving the bubble. Everyone has. But not because of what has transpired.

“It crossed my mind for sure.”

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‘I Looked Up To Him’: Hamilton Pays Emotional Tribute To Chadwick Boseman

Mercedes' British driver Lewis Hamilton gestures in homage to late US actor Chadwick Boseman, as he stands on his car after securing his 93rd pole position during the qualifying session at the Spa-Francorchamps circuit in Spa on August 29, 2020 ahead of the Belgian Formula One Grand Prix. FRANCOIS LENOIR / POOL / AFP
Mercedes’ British driver Lewis Hamilton gestures in homage to late US actor Chadwick Boseman, as he stands on his car after securing his 93rd pole position during the qualifying session at the Spa-Francorchamps circuit in Spa on August 29, 2020 ahead of the Belgian Formula One Grand Prix. FRANCOIS LENOIR / POOL / AFP

 

Lewis Hamilton paid an emotional tribute to Chadwick Boseman after claiming pole position at the Belgian Grand Prix on Saturday, the world champion saying “this one’s for him”.

Boseman, who died on Friday of cancer aged 43, played the role of T’Challa, the leader of Wakanda, in the ‘Black Panther’ movie, which was the first Marvel film to have a black character as a superhero.

“That was really weighing heavy on me today,” said Hamilton.

“I was so driven to deliver a good performance today so that I could dedicate it to Chad.

“I remember when I was a kid that Superman was a superhero, he didn’t look like me, but I still thought Superman was the greatest.

“When Chad became the King, it was really, when he became a superhero in Wakanda it was such a special day for so many people as I know kids like myself will be able to now look up to him and it is possible to do what he did, so this one’s dedicated to him.”

Hamilton explained that he met Boseman during New York fashion week when “we were at the same dinner”.

“I saw him a couple of times throughout the rest of the night and we actually kind of partied away together, on the same table basically. And it was an incredible scenario. I remember talking to him.

“I remember when ‘Black Panther’ came out, I’m a huge, huge Marvel fan, so just knowing how Hollywood has been for a long, long time and to see the first black superhero come out… man everyone was just so proud.

“To see someone make it like him, and be such a powerful figure within the Avengers world, it was incredible, such an honour, and inspiring. His legacy will always live on.”

On his majestic sweep to pole position on Saturday, Hamilton said he rejected the chance for slipstreaming and chose to race alone because he wanted a clear run to his 93rd pole.

The championship leader and six-time world champion took pole by more than half a second clear of his Mercedes team-mate Valtteri Bottas.

His flawless lap came without him ‘taking a tow’ from Bottas while other teams worked in pairs to gain an advantage.

“From weekend to weekend, Valtteri and I have a choice,” said Hamilton.

“One weekend it’s his choice to go first or second and others it’s mine – and this weekend it was my choice.

“I decided to go first and I just wanted to be out in the clear and not have to back up behind people in the last corner. I just wanted clean air in front of me – and I think it worked.

He added that his efforts resulted in “one of the cleanest qualifying sessions I think I’ve ever had. Every lap was bang on the dot and no mistakes, no real issues.

He said it was a “phenomenal feeling driving round this track because it’s incredible how fast it’s become.”

 

 

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‘Black Panther’ Star Boseman Dies At 43 After Battle With Cancer

(FILES) In this file photo taken on April 23, 2018 Actor Chadwick Boseman arrives for the World Premiere of the film ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ in Hollywood.
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Chadwick Boseman, star of the groundbreaking superhero movie “Black Panther,” has died after a private four-year battle with colon cancer, his publicist told AFP Friday.

Boseman, 43, never publicly discussed his condition and continued to work on major Hollywood films during and between “countless” operations and chemotherapy, his family said in a statement.

“It was the honor of his career to bring King T’Challa to life in ‘Black Panther,'” they said.

“A true fighter, Chadwick persevered through it all,” the statement added. He died in his home “with his wife and family by his side,” it said.

Boseman played the first black superhero to get his own standalone film in the record-breaking Marvel franchise with 2018’s “Black Panther.”

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The movie, set in the fictional African kingdom of Wakanda, was adored by critics and audiences, becoming the first comic book film to be nominated for best picture at the Oscars and grossing over $1 billion worldwide.

Earlier in his career, Boseman played black icons, Jackie Robinson, in “42” — Friday, ironically, was Jackie Robinson Day in the US — and James Brown in “Get on Up.”

The news of Boseman’s death sent shockwaves through Hollywood and around the world.

“The true power of @chadwickboseman was bigger than anything we saw on screen,” wrote Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden.

“From the Black Panther to Jackie Robinson, he inspired generations and showed them they can be anything they want — even superheroes.”

Biden’s running mate Kamala Harris said she was “heartbroken” and referenced Howard University in Washington, nicknamed Bison, where they both studied.

“My friend and fellow Bison Chadwick Boseman was brilliant, kind, learned, and humble,” she tweeted. “He left too early but his life made a difference. Sending my sincere condolences to his family.”

Boseman’s final post to Twitter, on August 12, was to congratulate Harris the day after she was announced as the Democratic candidate for vice president in the 2020 election.

Chris Evans, who played Captain America in the Marvel series, tweeted: “Chadwick was special. A true original. He was a deeply committed and constantly curious artist. He had so much amazing work still left to create. I’m endlessly grateful for our friendship.”

Another of Boseman’s Marvel co-stars, Mark Ruffalo, tweeted: “Brother, you were one of the all-time greats and your greatness was only beginning. Lord love ya.”

Both Evans and Ruffalo signed off their tweets: “Rest in power, King.”

Leading US civil rights organization the NAACP praised Boseman for “showing us how to conquer adversity with grace” and “to walk as a King, without losing the common touch.”

“#RestInPower #BlackPantherForever,” its tweet concluded.

‘Hearts Are Broken’

Boseman had recently appeared in Spike Lee’s Vietnam War-set “Da 5 Bloods,” and was set to appear in a sequel to “Black Panther” due in 2022.

“Our hearts are broken and our thoughts are with Chadwick Boseman’s family. Your legacy will live on forever. Rest In Peace,” wrote the official Marvel Twitter account.

His character T’Challa, king and protector of technologically advanced Wakanda, was the first black superhero in mainstream American comics, having been featured in “The Fantastic Four” in 1966.

The Marvel film was celebrated as an important cultural moment for its mainly black cast, and for subverting stereotypes by depicting a prosperous African country that takes in refugees and extends its culture and technology to poorer nations.

Boseman shrugged off doubters who tried to convince him not to give the superhero an African accent.

“There was a time period where people would ask me questions about whether or not an audience could sit through a movie with a lead character that spoke with that accent,” he said at the time.

“I became adamant about the fact that it’s not true,” he added.

Born in South Carolina, the son of a nurse and an upholstery entrepreneur, Boseman has roots in the West African state of Sierra Leone.

Before Marvel, he was best known for his acclaimed portrayal of the legendary Robinson in Brian Helgeland’s “42” (2013), which had the highest-grossing debut for a baseball movie in Hollywood history.

He was also lavished with praise for his interpretation of soul singer Brown in “Get on Up” (2014), earning inclusion among the top 10 performances of 2014 by Time magazine.

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Rihanna, Boseman, Others Get ‘Holy’ At New York Met Gala

Rihanna, Chadwick Boseman and Madonna attend Heavenly Bodies: Fashion & The Catholic Imagination Costume Institute Gala at The Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 7, 2018 in New York City. PHOTO: John Lamparski/Getty Images/AFP

 

Madonna and Rihanna stunned as fashion high priestesses on the red carpet at New York’s Met Gala on Monday, headlining the most sought-after invitation in the celebrity universe.

Madge, the Catholic girl from Michigan and queen of pop whose 1989 hit “Like a Prayer” remains a dance-floor classic 30 years later, presided over the “Sunday Best” theme dressed head to toe in Jean Paul Gaultier.

The 59-year-old mother of six balanced a golden crown studded with crucifixes on her head, shrouded her face in a black fishnet mantilla and donned a very flouncy, very full and very black gown.

Held every year on the first Monday in May, the black-tie extravaganza is the chief source of income for the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute, reportedly raising more than $12 million in 2017.

The gathering of A-list models, musicians and movie stars, dubbed “the Oscars of the East Coast,” saw Amal Clooney, Rihanna and Donatella Versace join Vogue supremo Anna Wintour as this year’s co-chairs.

Tickets are said to cost $30,000 each or $275,000 for a table, but all guests must be invited, ruling out all but the most elite Hollywood actors, music superstars, top models and fashion designers.

If A-listers have shunned the theme in the past, this year’s “Sunday Best,” a nod to the “Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination” exhibition at The Costume Institute, proved popular.

 Wing and a prayer

Rihanna, the Barbadian superstar and one of the biggest pop stars on the planet, proved her red carpet pulling power in a jewel-encrusted gown from John Galliano’s Maison Margiela and bejeweled bishop’s hat.

There were celestial crowns like a Virgin Mary icon, lashings of cardinal red, virginal white and New York’s de rigueur clerical black.

Katy Perry dressed as an angel with enormous feathered white wings that towered over her petite frame and trailed the floor, a Versace chain-mail gold mini-dress and thigh-high stilettoed gold boots

Clooney, the international human rights lawyer and this month’s Vogue cover star, wore the pants as she arrived on the arm of her movie star husband George, dressed in blue cigarette trousers with a strapless bustier and voluminous skirt by up-and-coming Briton, Richard Quinn.

Jennifer Lopez and Alex Rodriguez, the celebrity couple of the moment, also stepped out, the “Jenny from the Block” songstress in a beaded and feathered gown with a giant mosaic crucifix on the front.

Sarah Jessica Parker, a doyenne of New York high society and the “Sex and the City” fashionista, walked the red carpet in full-length gold brocade by Dolce and Gabbana and an astonishing headpiece.

But for all the glitz, the event has also been dogged by rumors that once inside, it can be intimidating and unfriendly.

Tina Fey once called it a “jerk parade,” complaining to David Letterman that: “If you had a million arms and all the people you would punch in the whole world, they’re all there.”

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How I Felt Working Alongside Boseman, Lupita In Black Panther – Sope Aluko

Nigerian-born Hollywood actress, Sope Aluko, one of the cast in popular Marvel Movie, Black Panther said it was exciting seeing the script of the movie and she calls co-actor Chadwick Boseman, ‘My brother.’

Directed by Creed’s Ryan Coogler, Black Panther is a movie with historical importance as first Marvel film with cast of all Black Heroes. It feature over 80% Blacks, even as it has set pre-sales records as Marvel’s fastest-selling movie in the first 24 hours.

Aluko, on Saturday, when she appeared as the artiste of the week on Channels Television Programme, Sunrise, said it was really exciting being a part of the movie as it depicts Africa positively as a rich, royal country.

“For so long, I have seen Hollywood depict Africa in a way it shouldn’t be depicted. (But in Black Panther) we are talking about a fictitious country that has mineral resource that is sought after by westerners. A rich country full of Kings and queens, these were all the elements of Africa that we don’t normally have in the narrative out there that we have in the script.

“So, it was not only me but all the cast and crew excited to be part of it. We were like we are getting something and we wanted to make sure we honoured it correctly.

“I call Chadwick Boseman my African brother because everytime he calls me ‘my sister’ and I respond ‘my brother’. I tell him you are so African and I asked him where are you from and he says South Carolina. And we talked about the fact that the slaves ships landed in South Carolina, and so that’s why there is more of that feel that he is from the Western part of Africa. Everybody (the cast) was phenomenal).

American director Ryan Coogler (L) and American actor Chadwick Boseman pose on arrival for the European Premiere of ‘Black Panther’ in central London on February 8, 2018. PHOTO: Tolga AKMEN / AFP

Chadwick Boseman features in the movie as T’Challa, king and protector of the technologically advanced fictional African nation of Wakanda while Aluko features as Shaman, a powerful primal leader who calls upon nature spirits for aid or guidance.

Aluko has a degree in Engineering and Masters’ Degree in Marketing as her parents never wanted her to be an actress. She explained her exploits in the corporate world before transitioning into Hollywood.

“It’s a strange story, my parents never wanted me to be an actress. They didn’t think it will bring in any money. So I did the course, I studied and I worked in corporate America.

“I have always wanted to be an actor but when I went to my parents and told them, this is what I want to do full-time. They said, ‘No, you are not doing that, we paid for you to go to the best schools and have the best education.

“So, I followed the course, I did engineering and then did Masters’ in Marketing and I worked in Corporate America for about 15 years. I decided to transition into acting nine years ago. What really made me happy was not the lot of money which I was (when in the Corporate world) but by following my dream. So I prayed about it and gave it (the money) all up and started from the scratch.”

She has however featured in Hollywood Movies including Pitch Perfect 2, Identity Thief, Army Wives, 96 Minutes, and then Black Panther. She has plans to feature in more and revealed her other movies you should watch out for.

“I’m also in another upcoming Marvel Movie which is coming out very soon. I’m also in another movie with Taraji P. Henson that is coming up this year.”

Kenyan-Mexican actress Lupita Nyong’o poses on arrival for the European Premiere of ‘Black Panther’ in central London on February 8, 2018.
PHOTO: Tolga AKMEN / AFP

To successfully tell depict the African story in Black Panther, Aluko told Channels Television that the Producers and the Production team of the movie made their research and traveled to different countries in Africa. This she said reflected in the costumes and content of the movie.

Sope Aluko on the ‘Purple Carpet’ during Premier of ‘Black Panther’ in London on February 8, 2018.