Heading into Sunday’s Academy Awards, outside of Chloe Zhao’s Nomadland winning Best Picture, Chadwick Boseman taking home the prize for Best Actor for his work in Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom was considered to be the lock of the evening.
Prior to the ceremony, most sportsbooks had Boseman’s odds hovering at around -1500, which is a MASSIVE favorite as far as sports betting is concerned. In fact, according to The Action Network, those odds gave Boseman approximately a 94% chance of winning.
As we now know, 83-year-old Anthony Hopkins — who went into the Oscars with odds at around +700 — took home the prize for Best Actor for his work in The Father, marking the second time the iconic Welshman was won that award.
While tons of Boseman’s fans were upset with The Academy’s decision not to award him with a posthumous Oscar, the late actor’s own family doesn’t sound all that bothered by it, as his brother Derrick spoke to TMZ about Hopkins’ shock upset and was nothing but classy throughout.
“[Derrick] doesn’t view Chadwick not winning an Oscar for Best Actor as a snub because every nominated actor was excellent and deserving of the award. He says the family isn’t upset or agitated whatsoever that Chadwick’s name wasn’t called at the end of the Oscars ceremony. Derrick tells us the family wishes Hopkins and his family all the best because, as Derrick put it, ‘I’m sure [Anthony] would if Chad won.’
Derrick says Chadwick wasn’t one to put too much value on the Oscars anyway. Derrick says Chadwick ‘always described them to me as a campaign.’ That being said…Derrick says, yes, an Oscar would have been an achievement but was never an obsession.” [via TMZ]
Boseman’s Academy Award-nominated performance in Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom is now, and forever will be, available to stream on Netflix. Rest in Peace, Chadick — Oscar or not, you were a momentous talent.