Chadwick Boseman made history this week when he received four Screen Actors Guild Award nominations for a single year’s work.
And Michael B. Jordan honored his late friend’s astounding accomplishment Friday on Instagram with stills from the critically acclaimed films Da 5 Bloods and Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom.
The Creed actor was awestruck, writing ‘4. Still setting the bar higher.’
Missing him: Michael B. Jordan remembered his friend Chadwick Boseman on Friday when he saluted the late actor’s four SAG nominations, the most an actor has earned in a single year; still from Da 5 Bloods
He added, ‘Miss you big homie.’
Boseman was 43 when he died on August 28, 2020, following a four-year battle with colon cancer.
The Black Panther star was diagnosed with Stage III colon cancer in 2016, and it later progressed.
At the time of his diagnosis, Boseman had already filmed his first appearance as T’Challa in 2016’s Captain America: Civil War, and he would go on to play the Black Panther in his blockbuster 2018 solo film while reprising the role in Avengers: Infinity War later that year and again in Avengers: End Game in 2019, which became his final film as the superhero from Wakanda.
Tragic loss: Boseman was 43 when he died on August 28, 2020, following a four-year battle with colon cancer; still from Da 5 Bloods
Health struggle: Boseman was diagnosed with colon cancer before he even starred in Black Panther; still from Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom
Going out on a high note: Boseman was nominated for his acclaimed final roles in Spike Lee’s Da 5 Blood and Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, based on the August Wilson play of the same name; still from Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom
His follow-up, the police thriller 21 Bridges, received mixed reviews and underperformed at the box office, but his supporting role as a soldier fighting in Vietnam for Spike Lee’s Netflix film Da 5 Bloods earned him some of the best reviews of his career.
The film, which traces the impact of the Vietnam War on a group of Black veterans, currently holds a 92% fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
Boseman’s final film performance was in the adaptation of August Wilson’s play Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, which was released on Netflix in November.
His performance again received strong praise from critics.
In addition to his record-number of SAG nominations, Boseman also received his first-ever Golden Globe nomination for Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, after previously being nominated for an NAACP Image Award, a Gotham Award and an Indie Spirit Award for the same role.
Costars: Jordan played opposite his friend in Black Panther as the compelling villain Killmonger; seen together in 2019 in Beverly Hills
Shortly after Boseman’s team revealed his death on social media in August, Jordan shared some of his thoughts on his Black Panther costar.
‘I’ve been reflecting on every moment, every conversation, every laugh, every disagreement, every hug…everything. I wish we had more time,’ he wrote.
‘One of the last times we spoke, you said we were forever linked, and now the truth of that means more to me than ever,’ he continued.
‘You showed me how to be better, honor purpose, and create legacy. And whether you’ve known it or not… I’ve been watching, learning and constantly motivated by your greatness… Everything you’ve given the world … the legends and heroes that you’ve shown us we are … will live on forever.’
Saying goodbye: Shortly after Boseman’s death, the Fruitvale Station star wrote on Instagram that he wished they ‘had more time’ together. ‘The legends and heroes that you’ve shown us we are … will live on forever,’ he wrote; seen in February 2020 in NYC
Jordan starred as the villain Killmonger in Black Panther and was a hit with fans and critics who praised him for his ability to create a finely drawn antagonist.
The Creed star has already completed work on his next film, Without Remorse, which is based on the 1993 Tom Clancy thriller.
He’s also set to make his feature directorial debut with Creed III, which he’ll also star in opposite Tessa Thompson.
Moving on up: Jordan will make his feature directorial debut with the third entry in his Creed series costarring Tess Thompson; still from Creed