What Chadwick Boseman Did With His MTV Movie Award Will Restore Your Faith in Hollywood

Posted: Jun 20, 2018 9:15 AM
What Chadwick Boseman Did With His MTV Movie Award Will Restore Your Faith in Hollywood

On Monday night, the MTV Movie and TV Awards aired, and they were pretty much what you’d expect from an awards show. However, the ceremony did have a few redeeming moments, and our faith in Hollywood may just be restored. 

As Micah noted, Chris Pratt gave a refreshing acceptance speech filled with some real advice for the next generation that was, surprisingly, completely devoid of politics. But Pratt’s “nine rules” still come in second to Chadwick Boseman’s acceptance speech. 

The “Black Panther” star received the Best Hero award, and while he was grateful for the honor, he thought someone else was much more deserving of the trophy. 

After thanking his fans for making the movie what it is, Boseman went on to say, "Receiving an award for playing a superhero is amazing, but it’s even greater to acknowledge the heroes we have in real life." He then asked James Shaw Jr. to come up to the stage. 

For those of you who don’t know, Shaw was the extraordinary man who tackled and disarmed a gunman in Antioch, Tennessee, earlier this year, effectively putting an end to the Waffle House shooting. 

When he reached the stage, Boseman happily told the real-life hero, “So, this is going to live at your house…God bless you, man.”

 Boseman recognized Shaw again the following morning on Twitter. 

Back in April, Shaw told The Tennessean that he doesn’t consider himself a hero: “I don’t really know, when everyone said that (of being a hero), it feels selfish. I was just trying to get myself out. I saw the opportunity and pretty much took it.”

But if the audience’s cheers and the social media response are anything to go by, America disagrees. 

Shaw thanked MTV for the invite and everyone at the awards ceremony for the love they showed him on Instagram. 

Perhaps awards shows are still worth watching.

One social media user even suggested a new show, and it's definitely something we'd tune in to.

Hollywood actors get enough recognition. Let's start honoring the ordinary men and women who do extraordinary things when it really counts.