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Posted: June 19, 2018

Chadwick Boseman wins MTV best hero award, gives it to Waffle House shooting hero James Shaw Jr.


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Chadwick Boseman wins MTV best hero award, gives it to Waffle House shooting hero James Shaw Jr.
James Shaw Jr. (R) accepts the Best Hero award presented to him by 'Black Panther' actor Chadwick Boseman (L) onstage during the 2018 MTV Movie And TV Awards at Barker Hangar on June 16, 2018 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Rich Fury/Getty Images)

By Natalie Dreier, Cox Media Group National Content Desk

A big-screen hero honored a real-life one during MTV’s Movie & TV Awards ceremony Monday night.

Chadwick Boesman, who played T’Challa in Marvel’s “Black Panther,” as well as, in the “Avengers: Civil War” and “Avengers: Infinity War” films, won the award for best hero in a movie, but instead of keeping the spotlight for himself, he invited James Shaw Jr. to the stage to give a real-life hero the award, saying the golden popcorn trophy will live at his house, CNN reported

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“Receiving an award for playing a superhero is amazing, but it’s even greater to acknowledge the heroes that we have in real life,” Boseman said when introducing Shaw. 

Shaw was wounded when a gunman opened fire at a Waffle House in Tennessee in April. Four were killed in the attack. 

Shawe had been at the restaurant with a friend when the gunman, Travis Reinking, entered and opened fire. Police said Shaw grabbed the gun from Reinking and threw the rifle over the counter. 

Reinking was arrested after a manhunt.


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