News & Opinion | June 19, 2018 10:08 am

Chadwick Boseman Hands Over MTV’s “Best Hero” Award to James Shaw Jr.

The "Black Panther" star wanted to acknowledge Shaw, who disarmed the Waffle House shooter.

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James Shaw Jr. accepts award from Actor Chadwick Boseman onstage at the 2018 MTV Movie And TV Awards at Barker Hangar on June 16, 2018 in Santa Monica, California. (Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic)
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Chadwick Boseman recognizes that while it is great to celebrate super heroes, it is even better to pay respect to real-life heroes. That’s why he handed over his “Best Hero” award at the 2018 MTV Movie & TV Awards to James Shaw Jr., the 29-year-old who disarmed the Waffle House shooter without being armed himself, likely saving many lives in the process.

Boseman asked Shaw to come up on stage with him.

“If you don’t know James Shaw Jr., he fought off a gunman in Antioch, Tennessee at a Waffle House. He saved lives,” said Boseman. He continued, saying, “So, this is gonna live at your house,” before proudly handing over his award to Shaw, who then gave the Wakanda salute. Its pretty clear that both men are worth celebrating.