Tilda Swinton Honours Chadwick Boseman In Her Golden Lion Award Speech In Venice: ‘Wakanda Forever’

Tilda Swinton is honouring Chadwick Boseman once again at the Venice Film Festival.

The actress, who was honoured with a Golden Lion Award for Lifetime Achievement on Wednesday, made an emotional shoutout to the late actor who succumbed to colon cancer on Friday.

After accepting the award from the film festival’s Jury President Cate Blanchett in front of a socially distanced crowd, Swinton said, “Cinema is my happy place, my true motherland.”

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Tilda Swinton and Cate Blanchett. Photo: CPImages
Tilda Swinton and Cate Blanchett. Photo: CPImages

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Adding, “Its fellowship is my heart’s family tree. The names on the list of those awarded this honour meanwhile, they are the names of my masters. They’re the elders of my tribe. The poets of the language I love above others. I sing their songs in the bath. I’m the punk kid film nut hitching a ride to the station to get to the foothills of the heights of their achievements.”

While signing off, Swinton said, “Viva Venezia. Cinema cinema cinema. Wakanda forever. Nothing but love.”

“Wakanda forever,” is of course a reference to Boseman’s film “Black Panther”.

A masked Tilda Swinton gives a “Wakanda forever” salute in honour of the late Chadwick Boseman as she arrives in Italy for the Venice Film Festival. Photo: Getty Images
A masked Tilda Swinton gives a “Wakanda forever” salute in honour of the late Chadwick Boseman as she arrives in Italy for the Venice Film Festival. Photo: Getty Images — Getty Images
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