'Black Panther' star honors Waffle House hero at MTV Movie Awards
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Actor Chadwick Boseman honored Waffle House hero James Shaw Jr. during Monday night's MTV Movie & TV Awards.

During the event, Boseman received the “Best Hero” award for his performance as the title character in “Black Panther.” He then invited Shaw up to the stage, praised him for stopping a gunman earlier this year and handed him the "Golden Popcorn" trophy. 

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


Boseman then took to Twitter, where he indicated he first met Shaw during the show and called him a "true hero."

"During the show, I was honored to meet @JamesShawJr9. He saved countless lives by tackling a gunman who opened fire on people in Antioch, Tennessee in April," Boseman tweeted.

"Black Panther" also won the "Golden Popcorn" awards for "Best Movie" and "Best Villain."

In April, Shaw confronted a gunman who opened fire at a Nashville-area Waffle House. He rushed the gunman and wrestled the gun away, sustaining a gunshot wound and serious burns to his hands.

The gunman killed four people and injured at least four more after opening fire at the restaurant.

Shaw later started a GoFundMe page for families of the victims, which has raised more than $200,000.

Several politicians praised Shaw's heroic efforts.

President TrumpDonald TrumpRonny Jackson, former White House doctor, predicts Biden will resign McCarthy: Pelosi appointing members of Jan. 6 panel who share 'pre-conceived narrative' Kinzinger denounces 'lies and conspiracy theories' while accepting spot on Jan. 6 panel MORE called him to express his gratitude weeks after the attack. Shaw later said the call was "was a little lackluster."

"I know he's very busy with what's going on in the world. And like I said, I did this for no recognition at all, so I do thank him for calling me out of his busy schedule,” Shaw said in May.

— Updated at 11:33 p.m.