'Black Panther' Star Chadwick Boseman Gives Waffle House Hero His MTV Movie Award

Playing 'Black Panther' Star Chadwick Boseman Dedicates MTV Award to Waffle House Hero

A star of the smash hit superhero film "Black Panther" honored a real-life hero by giving him the trophy he'd only just won at Monday night's MTV Movie & TV Awards.

Actor Chadwick Boseman handed off one of the famous popcorn trophies he won for Best Performance in a Movie to James Shaw Jr, whose bravery is credited with helping stop a shooter inside a Tennessee Waffle House restaurant in April.

"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. "So I just want to acknowledge somebody that's here today."

He then asked Shaw to stand up and receive the award and the hero took to the stage. 

"This is gonna live at your house," Boseman told the Antioch, Tenn., man. 

Shaw was hailed a hero after cops say he disarmed 29-year-old Travis Reinking, who's accused of killing four people inside the restaurant in the early morning hours of April 22. 

Shaw, 29, has since been honored in many ways for his selflessness. Tennessee lawmakers honored him on the statehouse floor and he was brought to throw the first pitch at a minor league baseball game.

Shaw has also helped raise nearly $250,000 through a GoFundMe page to benefit family members of the victims.

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