One of the most anticipated moments at the 2021 Oscars was the Best Actor award, in part because it was assumed that it would double as a tribute to the late Chadwick Boseman, The actor died last summer at the age of 43, and was widely tipped to win Best Actor posthumously for his performance in Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom. He had already picked up both the Golden Globe and the SAG this year.
Boseman was the final person to appear in this year’s In Memoriam segment, which seemed to confirm everyone’s expectation that he would take the prize. But instead, when the moment came, it was Anthony Hopkins who won for his performance in The Father – and the actor wasn’t in attendance.
It was an anticlimactic ending to the show to say the least, and Twitter was immediately flooded with reactions from confused and upset viewers. Many commented on the unusual order of awards at this year’s ceremony – and whether the rejigging had anything to do with the presumptive Boseman win. Usually, Best Picture is the final award of the night, but this year the producers saved Best Actress and Best Actor for last. Many were speculating that this was because they expected (just like all of us) that Boseman was a shoo-in, and so structured the ceremony to end on a moving tribute to the late actor.
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