Furious Internet Left Stunned As Chadwick Boseman Loses Best Actor Race To Anthony Hopkins

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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.

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.

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