Oscar swag bags are paying tribute to the late Chadwick Boseman.
All Academy Award nominees will receive one-of-a-kind digital artwork created by artist Andre Oshea to honor Boseman, who died last August at age 43 and is posthumously nominated as best actor. The artwork will be redeemable by an NFT – a non-fungible token.
The NFT itself will then be auctioned off by Rarible through Tuesday, with proceeds donated to The Colon Cancer Foundation, the same form of cancer Boseman battled.
“This rare special edition NFT is the very first offered as a tribute to the prolific actor, a unique piece of art which is limited to just 1 edition and will never be minted again,” said Isaac Rudansky, founder of AdVenture Media, according to a press release.
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Rudansky said the NFT “commemorates Chadwick’s incredible legacy while supporting the nationwide initiative to bring 10,000 colorectal screenings to underserved communities in 2021 through CCF.”
Oshea, 28, took to Instagram Saturday to share a first look of the GIF animation. “The way to immortalize an artist, is to honor them with art,” he captioned his post. “I was tasked to create a tribute NFT for Chadwick Boseman for the Oscars! Bringing this piece to life has been one of my most challenging & rewarding experiences as an artist.”
The artist’s NFT of the late actor, according to a press release, is a “celebration of Black creativity in cinema and art, and a salute to Boseman’s undeniable cross-generational influence as the first superhero of African descent Black Panther.”
Boseman garnered a posthumous nomination for his work in Netflix’s “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom.” He’s already won a Golden Globe, Critics’ Choice award and Screen Actors Guild award for his role this award season.
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