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Per usual, among the many deserving wins were what many perceived to be a few snubs. The most notable snub was Chadwick Boseman’s loss to Anthony Hopkins in the category for Best Actor, the last award presented at the event.
Many who expected that the late actor, whose performance in Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom won him a Golden Globe and a SAG Award, would take home an Oscar were disappointed by the loss.
Unfortunately, losing the Best Actor Oscar was only one of the disappointments related to the late star.
Ahead of the award show, news spread that nominees were being gifted with a NFT of Boseman after the artist who created it took to Twitter to revel in his artwork and announce that one of the pieces would be sold for charity.
“The way to immortalize an artist, is to honor them with art,” said Andre Oshea.
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They came to this conclusion after one user found a royalty-free license for the same model of Boseman’s head that can be purchased on CGTrader for $50. According to the general terms and conditions posted on the website of the 3D model marketplace, if the seller does not indicate any contradicting licensing conditions, the buyer has the right to distribute the artwork as an “incorporated product” in any rendered still or moving images.
While Oshea was planning on auctioning his NFT of Boseman on Rarible, he took it down and released an official statement regarding the controversies surrounding his artwork. Calling the past week “a huge learning experience,” the artist said he will be redesigning the artwork and putting it up for auction later this week.
Digital artist Andre Oshea, 28, created a one-of-a-kind digital artwork featuring Boseman’s face which debuted the night of the 93rd Academy Awards as part of the “Everyone Wins” gift bags for Oscar nominees. According to Oshea, his Boseman NFT (non-fungible token) was meant to be auctioned off with half of the proceeds going to The Colon Cancer Foundation.
While the NFT artwork wasn’t affiliated directly with the Oscars, the Academy and tribute drew criticism on social media when Boseman ended up not taking home the award for best actor.
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“Creating a Chadwick Boseman NFT and not even giving him a posthumous Oscar is the best example of everything wrong today,” one Twitter user wrote.
An NFT created of the late Chadwick Boseman for the 93rd Academy Awards is being redesigned after sparking backlash online.
Andre Oshea, one of the artists hired to produce the non-fungible token, took to Instagram Monday to announce the redesign, and to apologize “for any upset caused.”
“I now recognize that Chadwick’s face is a triggering reminder of his death,” he wrote, “rather than his life.”
Rising to prominence in the last few months, NFTs are one-of-a-kind digital artworks that are redeemed via a blockchain. While an NFT could be one of many things, including a JPEG, a GIF or an MP3, Oshea’s was a golden sculpture of Boseman’s head modeled in 3D, off of his appearance in the Disney-Marvel smash Black Panther.
While the Boseman NFTs were Oscars-themed, they were not commissioned by the Academy.
He rose to prominence as a playwright and stage actor in 2002, performing in multiple productions and winning an AUDELCO award in 2002 for his part in Ron Milner’s Urban Transitions. As a member of the National Shakespeare Company of New York, he played Romeo in Romeo and Juliet and Malcolm in Macbeth. He directed and wrote plays as part of the Hip-hop theater movement; his works included Rhyme Deferred (co-written with Howard classmate Kamilah Forbes), in which he also performed, and Hieroglyphic Graffiti.Rhyme Deferred was commissioned for a national tour, as well as featuring in The Fire This Time anthology of works, while Hieroglyphic Graffiti was produced at a variety of locations, including the National Black Theatre Festival in 2001. Combining modern African-American culture and Egyptian deities, it is set in Washington, D.C.
Boseman gave to the performance. Weston added that he, “despite having the more thankless role [out of T’Challa and Killmonger], carries the film with a quiet dignity one might rightfully expect of a man raised to be king.”Todd McCarthy and The Village Voice’s Kristen Yoonsoo Kim saw that while Boseman played his serious character well, the cast was full of charismatic scene stealers.Peter Travers gave much praise to Boseman as the lead, and said that he “digs so deep into T’Challa that you can feel his nerve endings”; LaSalle wrote that “Boseman commands every moment of this film, radiating probity and purpose, and it’s only later on that you realize that, with another actor, this wouldn’t have been a sure thing.”
He reprised the role in both Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame, which were released in 2018 and 2019, respectively.
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As promised, half of the proceeds will go to the Colon Cancer Foundation in Boseman’s honor.
Oshea’s full statement on the controversy can be found below:
“I want to address the comments, press and the misinformation around the unveiling of my tribute NFT artwork of Chadwick Boseman this past weekend. I want you all to know that I’ve listened, heard and taken it all in as an artist and I apologize for any upset caused.
I was one of several artists asked by Nomine(ETH) to produce an NFT artwork to celebrate the Oscar nominees with a 50/50 split between a charity and the artists.