Chadwick Boseman gets best actor Oscar nomination

Chadwick Boseman continues to be recognised for his craft several months after his passing from cancer.

Chadwick Boseman attends The 2018 ESPYS at Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles on July 18, 2018. (Photo: Axelle / Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic/Getty Images)

Boseman is nominated for a best actor at the Academy Awards for his performance in Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom.

The Oscar nod, which was revealed earlier Monday, makes him the first black performer to be nominated posthumously for an Academy Award.

Boseman, who died after battling colon cancer, is up against Steven Yeun (Minari), Riz Ahmed (Sound of Metal), Anthony Hopkins (The Father) and Gary Oldman (Mank).

He is widely viewed as the frontrunner for the award, having won the best actor in a drama award for the role at the Golden Globes in February.

Should he win, he would join Peter Finch and Health Ledger as the only two actors to have been nominated and won the award after their deaths.

Boseman passed away last August. He was 43.