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Chadwick Boseman gave his Best Hero MTV Award to real-life hero James Shaw Jr.

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Tonight’s broadcast of the MTV Movie & TV Awards has already been largely dominated by Marvel’s Black Panther, but star Chadwick Boseman took it a step further by proving why he deserves to be the king. Boseman won the Best Hero award—beating out Emilia Clarke, Gal Gadot, Daisy Ridley, and Grant Gustin (who should be extra honored to be counted among those nominees)—and while he did make a brief acceptance speech about how proud of Black Panther he is, he dedicated most of his time onstage to honoring real-life hero James Shaw Jr.


For those who don’t recognize the name, Shaw is the man who fought off a gunman who had opened fire at a Waffle House in Tennessee, and Boseman called him to the stage so he could present him with the Best Hero award. “This is gonna live at your house,” Boseman said, handing Shaw the big popcorn trophy. Boseman also tweeted about Shaw tonight, saying he was honored to meet him at the show:

In other hot speeches from the Black Panther crew, Michael B. Jordan won Best Villain and joked that he was shocked to win because he thought Roseanne Barr “had that in the bag.”


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