Viewers anticipated Chadwick Boseman to win Best Actor to finish final night time’s Oscars, and when he didn’t, the present spiraled into chaos
There had been many memorable moments finally night time’s Oscars, however to viewers at residence, one undoubtedly stood out: The whole ending of the present, which appeared to have been constructed round Chadwick Boseman posthumously successful the Best Actor award — solely he didn’t win, and it appeared to ship the present into absolute chaos.
Here’s what occurred: As Oscars followers know, the present historically ends with the award for Best Picture, which is broadly thought-about to be probably the most necessary awards of the night time. This yr, nonetheless, it was introduced on the final minute that the awards for Best Actress and Best Actor would shut out the present for the primary time in a long time. Viewers assumed this was as a result of Chadwick Boseman would win the Best Actor award for his function in Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, which has been scooping up awards all season — permitting the present to finish on an emotional second honoring the late actor.
And then, Anthony Hopkins received the class. To make issues even worse, Hopkins wasn’t on the ceremony to just accept his award, so Joaquin Phoenix, the presenter, awkwardly accepted it on his behalf earlier than the present’s credit abruptly began to function.
To say that viewers had been confused by the sudden flip of occasions can be placing issues calmly.
Yeah the “let’s put Best Actor last so, obviously, we can celebrate the life of Chadwick Boseman” actually backfired
— Mike Ryan (@mikeryan) April 26, 2021
They construct the complete present round a Chadwick Boseman ending after which Anthony Hopkins received and did not present up
— Kyle Buchanan (@kylebuchanan) April 26, 2021
The Oscars had been so certain that Chadwick Boseman was going to win that they REARRANGED THE ENTIRE CEREMONY so his class could possibly be final, after which they gave the award to Anthony Hopkins as an alternative…probably the most chaotic and unhinged factor I’ve ever seen.
— Spencer Althouse (@SpencerAlthouse) April 26, 2021
Joaquin Phoenix popping out to award the late Chadwick Boseman with the Best Actor trophy.
— Marshall Kistner (@mackistner) April 26, 2021
So many individuals described the ending as “chaos,” as a result of, let’s be sincere, that’s just about what it was.
An absent Anthony Hopkins successful over Chadwick Boseman throughout a ceremony constructed to finish round a Boseman win whereas Joaquin Phoenix awkwardly stumbles by way of all of it is…wow. Chaos!
— Jacob Hall (@JacobSHall) April 26, 2021
Wait, did the Academy maintain Best Actor till the tip as a result of they assumed Chadwick Boseman would posthumously (and rightly) win after which he did not, in order that they’re like “WELP, good night!”#Oscars
— Charlotte Clymer 🏳️🌈 (@cmclymer) April 26, 2021
Every single indication felt like they moved across the classes in order that Chadwick Boseman would win finest actor on the very finish of the present. And then Anthony Hopkins wins, doesn’t give a speech, they usually roll credit. This is MAXIMUM chaotic vitality
— Houston Coley (@blockbustedpod) April 26, 2021
so the academy baited everybody into pondering chadwick boseman was going to win by placing finest actor off till the final second, did not give him a particular tribute, commodified his demise with an nft, and made his household sit by way of a whole ceremony with out honoring him in any method
— 𓆙 (@ireneseulqi) April 26, 2021
Critics of the present had been fast to level out that their difficulty was not with Hopkins successful the class, however with producers who wager on Boseman successful, solely to finish up with this extremely awkward second on the very finish of the present.
The Academy establishing Best Actor to be final for Chadwick Boseman just for him to lose is a real yikes, jesus
— Will Kellogg (@Will_Kellogg) April 26, 2021
Wow, what a massively unhealthy thought. And this overshadows the truth that each Anthony Hopkins and Chadwick Boseman had been good and considered one of them needed to win. The highlight is now shining solely on the producers. Huge mistake. From In Memoriam on, this present was a catastrophe.
— Dan Murrell (@MurrellDan) April 26, 2021
There was additionally criticism rightly mentioning that regardless of a number of unbelievable performances from actors of coloration within the class, the Oscar went to a white man, due to course it did.
— Dae-Jung💫 (@fIavoredasian) April 26, 2021
Holy shit Anthony Hopkins beating the late Chadwick Boseman AND Riz Ahmed AND Steven Yeun for Best Actor is just a few go residence together with your coronary heart in your stomach stuff. What is even occurring #Oscars
— Jeff Yang (@originalspin) April 26, 2021
To his absolute credit score, Hopkins was extremely gracious about the entire state of affairs. He posted a video to social media this morning, thanking the Academy for his award, but additionally paying his respects to Boseman, who died at age 43 from colon most cancers final August.
Sir Anthony Hopkins displaying nothing however grace and sophistication with a tribute to Chadwick Boseman after successful Best Actor.
— In My Mind (@MeAloneInMyMind) April 26, 2021
“At 83 years of age, I did not expect to get this award. I really didn’t,” he stated. “I want to pay tribute to Chadwick Boseman, who was taken from us far too early.”
If something, that is proof that the present’s producers actually don’t know what’s in these envelopes till they’re opened onstage. But that received’t cease Boseman’s snub from happening as probably the most awkward moments in Oscars historical past.