The 93rd Academy Awards took place on Sunday in Los Angeles. While there were many surprises in store for the audience, the biggest shocker came when Anthony Hopkins was announced as the Best Actor in a Leading Role for his performance in The Father. Anthony, 83, didn't attend the ceremony. He defeated late Chadwick Boseman who was nominated for Ma Rainey's Black Bottom. Many expected that Chadwick would be honoured posthumously.
Soon after Anthony was declared as the winner, fans of late Chadwick expressed their shock on social media. Fans had noticed that, unlike every year, the producers rearranged the ceremony to announce the Best Actor as the last category. Generally, the Best Picture award is the last award. They saw it as a build-up to honour Chadwick posthumously. Expectations were high as the late actor's family was invited to the ceremony.
One user on Twitter wrote, "chadwick, you’re a legend, with or without an oscar." Another person tweeted, "Chadwick Boseman needs no validation from anyone, let alone the Oscars. He is timeless and we were lucky to have witnessed his greatness."
— Jolette Beltran (@jolettebeltran) April 26, 2021
— Adji Bousso Dieng (@adjiboussodieng) April 26, 2021
It’s sad that it seemed like they set it up to make it a tribute to #ChadwickBoseman at the end... and then... well... it just ended.
— Reel School (@ReelSchool) April 26, 2021
#ChadwickBoseman should have won. Not for the sake of history, wokeness, narrative, or charity. He should have won because he gave the most transcendent performance of the year. Period.
— David Phillips (@BrotherJulius83) April 26, 2021
— Alicia Lalone (@AliciaLalone) April 26, 2021
— Nicole Theodore Esq. (@BizLawyerATL) April 26, 2021
— Cyrus McQueen (@CyrusMMcQueen) April 26, 2021
Listen, no matter how u feel about #ChadwickBoseman’s performance
- he won every other Best Actor award this season
- Academy often awards for body of work because “it’s time”, why change that now?!
— Grace Randolph (@GraceRandolph) April 26, 2021
— gi | bucky (@djarinbitch) April 26, 2021
— Saatwik Agrawal (@Saatu6Agrawal) April 26, 2021
Chadwick passed away in August 2020 due to cancer at the age of 43.