After an awards season that saw Chadwick Boseman become the front runner to win Best Actor at the Academy Awards, movie fans were left stunned as 83-year-old Anthony Hopkins, who was not in attendance at the ceremony, instead took home his second Oscar for his work in The Father.
Heading into the night, Boseman — who already took home the Golden Globe Award and SAG Award for Best Actor — was the odds-on favorite to take home the prize for Best Actor, as his betting odds closed at around -1500. According to The Action Network, those odds gave him a 94.3% chance of winning. Hopkins win wasn’t the only upset in the acting categories, though, as Frances McDormand (+400) took home her third Academy Award for Best Actress, beating out betting-favorite Carey Mulligan (+125).
Needless to say, movie fans were less than thrilled with the Academy’s decision to recognize Hopkins instead of Boseman and immediately took to Twitter to voice their disbelief.
— Post Cred Pod (@PostCredPod) April 26, 2021
Wait they didn't save The Best Actor award in the end for a Chadwick Boseman tribute ?? pic.twitter.com/tzLrqCGOBV
— Ahmed🇸🇴/Invincible the best show out (@big_business_) April 26, 2021
— The Big Picture (@TheBigPic) April 26, 2021
chadwick boseman DESERVED the best actor award. his performance as levee in ma rainey’s is the epitome of what an actor should be im so upset wtf
— hay (@mcuwaititi) April 26, 2021
ok so basically the oscars profited off of chadwick boseman’s death?? for views, clout, and money?? fuck this
— avery!!! tfatws spoilers (@averyofasgard) April 26, 2021
— jaida ⩔ TFATWS SPOILERS (@C1VILWARS) April 26, 2021
anthony hopkins rn not knowing he accidentally ruined the oscars pic.twitter.com/qEOfbiKAQh
— iana murray (@ianamurray) April 26, 2021
Speechless, nothing to say except I’m so damn glad this award season is over
— Justin Kroll (@krolljvar) April 26, 2021
— chu (@chuuzus) April 26, 2021
So we’re really gonna snub Viola Davis AND Chadwick Boseman? That’s crazy… pic.twitter.com/G3t2dLjUYP
— 𝐑𝐡𝐲𝐬𝐢𝐞💫 (@rhyscarr__) April 26, 2021
Yeah the “let’s put Best Actor last so, obviously, we can celebrate the life of Chadwick Boseman” really backfired
— Mike Ryan (@mikeryan) April 26, 2021
— Siobhain (@summer0001) April 26, 2021
They build the entire show around a Chadwick Boseman ending and then Anthony Hopkins won and didn't show up
— Kyle Buchanan (@kylebuchanan) April 26, 2021
Boseman wasn’t the only actor for Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom to be nominated for one of the night’s biggest prizes, as co-star Viola Davis was also nominated for Best Actress. In the other three acting categories, Daniel Kaluuya (Judas and the Black Messiah) won Best Supporting Actor, Yuh-Jung Youn (Minari) won Best Supporting Actress, and Frances McDormand (Nomadland) won Best Actress.
His Academy Award-nominated performance in Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom is available to stream on Netflix. Rest in Peace, Chadwick.