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June 18, 2018 at 09:58 PM EDT

Black Panther

type
Movie
genre
Action Adventure
release date
02/16/18
performer
Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, Danai Gurira, Lupita Nyong'o, Andy Serkis
director
Ryan Coogler
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
PG-13

Black Panther star Chadwick Boseman may have won Best Hero at this year’s MTV Movie & TV Awards, but he chose to share it with a real-life superhero: James Shaw Jr., the 29-year-old who fought off a gunman in a Tennessee Waffle House earlier this year.

“Receiving an award for playing a superhero is amazing,” Boseman told the audience. “But it’s even greater to acknowledge the heroes that we have in real life. So I just want to acknowledge somebody that’s here today: James Shaw Jr.”

Boseman then invited Shaw to the stage, where he handed him the Golden Popcorn award and told him, “This is gonna live at your house.

“If you don’t know James Shaw Jr., he fought off a gunman in Antioch, Tennessee, at a Waffle House,” Boseman added. “He saved lives.” 

In April, a gunman opened fire at a Waffle House, killing four people and wounding several others. Shaw leapt into action and wrested the weapon from the man, preventing any additional casualties. He has since raised almost $250,000 for the victims and their families.

Going into the ceremony, Black Panther led this year’s MTV Movie & TV Awards with seven nominations, including Best Movie and Best Performance in a Movie for Boseman. See the full list of this year’s winners here.

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