(CNN)Simone Ledward Boseman tearfully paid tribute to her late husband Chadwick Boseman Monday night during the 30th annual IFP Gotham Awards.

She accepted the Actor Tribute award for the actor, who died in August at the age of 43 after a private battle with colon cancer, saying, “As an artist, an actor, and a person, Chad made a practice of telling the truth.””He is the most honest person I’ve ever met because he didn’t just stop at speaking the truth, he actively searched for it. In himself, in those around him and in the moment,” Ledward Boseman said. “The truth can be a very easy thing for the self to avoid, but if one does not live in truth, then it’s impossible to live in line with a divine purpose for your life. And so it became how he lived his life, day in, day out. Imperfect, but determined.”In photos: Remembering Chadwick BosemanIn photos: Remembering Chadwick Boseman Photos: Remembering Chadwick BosemanActor Chadwick Boseman poses for a portrait in 2013.Actor Chadwick Boseman poses for a portrait in 2013. Photos: Remembering Chadwick BosemanActor Chadwick Boseman poses for a portrait in 2013.Hide Caption 1 of 22Boseman's breakout role came in 2013, when he played baseball legend Jackie Robinson in the film "42."Boseman's breakout role came in 2013, when he played baseball legend Jackie Robinson in the film "42." Photos: Remembering Chadwick BosemanBoseman’s breakout role came in 2013, when he played baseball legend Jackie Robinson in the film “42.”Hide Caption 2 of 22Boseman embraces Jackie Robinson's widow, Rachel, after the Los Angeles premiere of "42."Boseman embraces Jackie Robinson's widow, Rachel, after the Los Angeles premiere of "42." Photos: Remembering Chadwick BosemanBoseman embraces Jackie Robinson’s widow, Rachel, after the Los Angeles premiere of “42.”Hide Caption 3 of 22Boseman greets film director Spike Lee at an NBA game in New York in 2013.Boseman greets film director Spike Lee at an NBA game in New York in 2013. Photos: Remembering Chadwick BosemanBoseman greets film director Spike Lee at an NBA game in New York in 2013.Hide Caption 4 of 22Boseman is interviewed on "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno" soon after "42" hit theaters.Boseman is interviewed on "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno" soon after "42" hit theaters. Photos: Remembering Chadwick BosemanBoseman is interviewed on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” soon after “42” hit theaters.Hide Caption 5 of 22Boseman laughs with baseball star Matt Kemp after throwing out the first pitch at a Los Angeles Dodgers game in 2013.Boseman laughs with baseball star Matt Kemp after throwing out the first pitch at a Los Angeles Dodgers game in 2013. Photos: Remembering Chadwick BosemanBoseman laughs with baseball star Matt Kemp after throwing out the first pitch at a Los Angeles Dodgers game in 2013.Hide Caption 6 of 22Boseman plays iconic singer James Brown in the 2014 biopic "Get on Up."Boseman plays iconic singer James Brown in the 2014 biopic "Get on Up." Photos: Remembering Chadwick BosemanBoseman plays iconic singer James Brown in the 2014 biopic “Get on Up.”Hide Caption 7 of 22In 2017's "Marshall," Boseman portrayed Thurgood Marshall, the first African American justice on the US Supreme Court.In 2017's "Marshall," Boseman portrayed Thurgood Marshall, the first African American justice on the US Supreme Court. Photos: Remembering Chadwick BosemanIn 2017’s “Marshall,” Boseman portrayed Thurgood Marshall, the first African American justice on the US Supreme Court.Hide Caption 8 of 22Boseman poses with comic book author Stan Lee, who co-created many of the Marvel superheroes that have come to life on the big screen.Boseman poses with comic book author Stan Lee, who co-created many of the Marvel superheroes that have come to life on the big screen. Photos: Remembering Chadwick BosemanBoseman poses with comic book author Stan Lee, who co-created many of the Marvel superheroes that have come to life on the big screen.Hide Caption 9 of 22Boseman starred in a number of Marvel films as Black Panther, king of the fictional nation of Wakanda. The character got its own film in 2018.Boseman starred in a number of Marvel films as Black Panther, king of the fictional nation of Wakanda. The character got its own film in 2018. Photos: Remembering Chadwick BosemanBoseman starred in a number of Marvel films as Black Panther, king of the fictional nation of Wakanda. The character got its own film in 2018.Hide Caption 10 of 22The role of Black Panther/King T'Challa was the "honor of (Boseman's) career," said a statement from his publicist, Nicki Fioravante.The role of Black Panther/King T'Challa was the "honor of (Boseman's) career," said a statement from his publicist, Nicki Fioravante. Photos: Remembering Chadwick BosemanThe role of Black Panther/King T’Challa was the “honor of (Boseman’s) career,” said a statement from his publicist, Nicki Fioravante.Hide Caption 11 of 22Boseman attends the European premiere of "Black Panther" in London.Boseman attends the European premiere of "Black Panther" in London. Photos: Remembering Chadwick BosemanBoseman attends the European premiere of “Black Panther” in London.Hide Caption 12 of 22While competing in the 2018 NBA Dunk Contest, Victor Oladipo wears a Black Panther mask and does the "Wakanda Forever" salute with Boseman, who was sitting courtside.While competing in the 2018 NBA Dunk Contest, Victor Oladipo wears a Black Panther mask and does the "Wakanda Forever" salute with Boseman, who was sitting courtside. Photos: Remembering Chadwick BosemanWhile competing in the 2018 NBA Dunk Contest, Victor Oladipo wears a Black Panther mask and does the “Wakanda Forever” salute with Boseman, who was sitting courtside.Hide Caption 13 of 22Boseman surprises a fan on "The Tonight Show" in 2018.Boseman surprises a fan on "The Tonight Show" in 2018. Photos: Remembering Chadwick BosemanBoseman surprises a fan on “The Tonight Show” in 2018.Hide Caption 14 of 22Boseman, as Black Panther, does the "Wakanda Forever" salute in "Avengers: Infinity War."Boseman, as Black Panther, does the "Wakanda Forever" salute in "Avengers: Infinity War." Photos: Remembering Chadwick BosemanBoseman, as Black Panther, does the “Wakanda Forever” salute in “Avengers: Infinity War.”Hide Caption 15 of 22Boseman is awarded an honorary degree as he <a href="https://www.cnn.com/2018/05/14/entertainment/chadwick-boseman-howard-commencement-speech-trnd/" target="_blank">gives a graduation speech</a> at Howard University in Washington, DC. Boseman got his bachelor's degree from Howard in 2000.Boseman is awarded an honorary degree as he <a href="https://www.cnn.com/2018/05/14/entertainment/chadwick-boseman-howard-commencement-speech-trnd/" target="_blank">gives a graduation speech</a> at Howard University in Washington, DC. Boseman got his bachelor's degree from Howard in 2000. Photos: Remembering Chadwick BosemanBoseman is awarded an honorary degree as he gives a graduation speech at Howard University in Washington, DC. Boseman got his bachelor’s degree from Howard in 2000.Hide Caption 16 of 22Boseman walks through the crowd after receiving an award at the MTV Movie and TV Awards in 2018.Boseman walks through the crowd after receiving an award at the MTV Movie and TV Awards in 2018. Photos: Remembering Chadwick BosemanBoseman walks through the crowd after receiving an award at the MTV Movie and TV Awards in 2018.Hide Caption 17 of 22Boseman is joined on stage at the Golden Globes with three of his "Black Panther" co-stars: from left, Danai Gurira, Lupita Nyong'o and Michael B. Jordan.Boseman is joined on stage at the Golden Globes with three of his "Black Panther" co-stars: from left, Danai Gurira, Lupita Nyong'o and Michael B. Jordan. Photos: Remembering Chadwick BosemanBoseman is joined on stage at the Golden Globes with three of his “Black Panther” co-stars: from left, Danai Gurira, Lupita Nyong’o and Michael B. Jordan.Hide Caption 18 of 22From left, Jordan, Boseman and Angela Bassett attend the Screen Actors Guild Awards in 2019. The "Black Panther" cast won the award for outstanding performance by a cast in a motion picture.From left, Jordan, Boseman and Angela Bassett attend the Screen Actors Guild Awards in 2019. The "Black Panther" cast won the award for outstanding performance by a cast in a motion picture. Photos: Remembering Chadwick BosemanFrom left, Jordan, Boseman and Angela Bassett attend the Screen Actors Guild Awards in 2019. The “Black Panther” cast won the award for outstanding performance by a cast in a motion picture.Hide Caption 19 of 22Boseman poses with Lady Gaga backstage after she had just won an Oscar in 2019.Boseman poses with Lady Gaga backstage after she had just won an Oscar in 2019. Photos: Remembering Chadwick BosemanBoseman poses with Lady Gaga backstage after she had just won an Oscar in 2019.Hide Caption 20 of 22Boseman and his wife, Taylor Simone Ledward, attend the NBA All-Star Game in February 2020.Boseman and his wife, Taylor Simone Ledward, attend the NBA All-Star Game in February 2020. Photos: Remembering Chadwick BosemanBoseman and his wife, Taylor Simone Ledward, attend the NBA All-Star Game in February 2020.Hide Caption 21 of 22Boseman, center, plays a Vietnam War soldier in "Da 5 Bloods," a Spike Lee film released in June 2020.Boseman, center, plays a Vietnam War soldier in "Da 5 Bloods," a Spike Lee film released in June 2020. Photos: Remembering Chadwick BosemanBoseman, center, plays a Vietnam War soldier in “Da 5 Bloods,” a Spike Lee film released in June 2020.Hide Caption 22 of 2201b chadwick boseman RESTRICTED02 chadwick boseman RESTRICTED21 chadwick boseman04 chadwick boseman RESTRICTED05 chadwick boseman RESTRICTED06 chadwick boseman RESTRICTED07 chadwick boseman08 chadwick boseman RESTRICTED09 chadwick boseman RESTRICTED10 chadwick boseman RESTRICTED18 chadwick boseman17 chadwick boseman RESTRICTEDchadwick boseman victor oladipo FILE 'RESTRICTED'11 chadwick boseman RESTRICTED12 chadwick boseman13 chadwick boseman RESTRICTED14 chadwick boseman RESTRICTED15 chadwick boseman19 chadwick boseman16 chadwick boseman20 chadwick bosemanchadwick boseman da 5 bloods Boseman received the award for his role in the Netflix film “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom.”His wife paid homage to his ability to take on the roles of real life people, including baseball legend Jackie Robinson in the film “42” and James Brown in “Get On Up.”Read More”He was blessed to live many lives within his concentrated one,” she said. “He developed his understanding of what it meant to be the one, the none and the all. ‘A vessel to be poured into and out of,’ he’d said.”Ledward Boseman ended her acceptance speech in tears.”Chad, thank you. I love you. I am so proud of you. Keep shining your light on us,” she said. The couple reportedly became engaged in 2019 and married not long before his death.

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