Many Oscar viewers were aghast Sunday night when Chadwick Boseman didn’t receive a posthumous Oscar.
Typically the ceremony ends with the announcement of best picture, but this year, the award for best actor was moved to the end. The restructuring seemed to indicate that Boseman, who picked up a Golden Globe, Screen Actors Guild Award and Critics Choice Award for his performance as Levee in “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom,” had also earned an Oscar.
Surprising many, the “Black Panther” star, who died in August at 43 after an undisclosed battle with colon cancer, lost to Anthony Hopkins for his role in “The Father.”
User @blockbustedpod described the ending as “MAXIMUM chaotic energy.”
“Every single indication felt like they moved around the categories so that Chadwick Boseman would win best actor at the very end of the show. And then Anthony Hopkins wins, doesn’t give a speech, and they roll credits,” they tweeted.
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The late Chadwick Boseman died in August 2020. (Photo: VALERIE MACON, AFP via Getty Images)
Comedian @CyrusMMcQueen also couldn’t believe the outcome, tweeting: “A dying man gives the performance of a lifetime… The last performance of his lifetime… Leaves it all up there… and you don’t give him the trophy?!”
Writer Keah Brown said Boseman “doesn’t deserve whatever bait and switch that was. His memory will be honored regardless.”
Matthew Levy posted that the ending channeled 2017’s chaotic Oscars envelope mix-up: “Chadwick Boseman not winning the Oscar has to be a ‘Moonlight’ mix up scenario.”
MSNBC’s Joy Reid wrote the Oscars had a “Game of Thrones style ending.“ She added, “Andra Day and Chadwick Boseman were robbed… #Oscars.”
Kansas City mayor Quinton Lucas disagreed with the decision. “Respect to Anthony Hopkins, but the Academy whiffed,” he tweeted. “Chadwick Boseman as Levee Green will be remembered well into the future.”
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