Behind the Scene That Could Win Chadwick Boseman the Oscar for ‘Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom’

Full disclosure: It’s not often that a Zoom Q&a makes the back of my neck prickle.

That’s what happened early in the Oscar season, when “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom” star Colman Domingo revealed what really happened in a key scene with Chadwick Boseman, and how the film’s most powerful moment almost didn’t happen at all.Just before the April 22 Independent Spirit Awards, I asked the Spirit-nominated actor to share the moment that could win Boseman a posthumous Oscar, the second in history after Peter Finch’s win for “Network.”It was the sixth week of shooting.

With Viola Davis wrapped, director George C.

Wolfe focused on Boseman and Domingo — two band members in a basement rehearsal room.“This was rigorous, and George knows how to work his actors,” Domingo said.

“We dramaturged every scene; we went deep and were able to dance and play with it in every way possible.

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