Fans of late Black Panther’s actor Chadwick Boseman have called out the 2021 Oscars organizers for snubbing the actor in the Best Actor Category.
Many thought the ceremony’s producers were purposely saving Best Actor as the last category, with the assumption that Chadwick Boseman would receive a posthumous win for his role in Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom.
But in a move, many are calling an upset, Anthony Hopkins who was absent was awarded his second Oscar over nominees Gary Oldman (Mank), Steven Yeun (Minari), Riz Ahmed (Sound of Metal), and Boseman (Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom).
The 83-year-old star became the oldest person to ever win an acting Oscar.
Many fans took to Twitter to express their anger and sadness over the “Black Panther” star’s shocking loss.
It wasn’t just the Chadwick loss. It was the back-to-back losses by two Black actors who were touted as front runners in lead categories. It perpetuated the history of voters favoring white performers in lead categories, and absolving voters of that isn’t the route I’d take.
— Robert Daniels (@812filmreviews) April 26, 2021
Can you imagine if Chadwick doesn’t win, and Anthony Hopkins isn’t even there, and that’s how this show ends?
— Scott Feinberg (@ScottFeinberg) April 26, 2021
Every single indication felt like they moved around the categories so that Chadwick Boseman would win best actor at the very end of the show. And then Anthony Hopkins wins, doesn’t give a speech, and they roll credits. This is MAXIMUM chaotic energy
— Houston Coley (@blockbustedpod) April 26, 2021
everyone bouta attack anthony hopkins 😭😭 leave him alone. let’s remember the real enemy is them switching the order knowing who was gonna win and inviting chadwick’s family and not giving him a proper tribute
— zoë (@filmsbyzoe) April 26, 2021
How do you rearrange a traditional #Oscars award order for Best Actor to close? Presumably to honor Chadwick? Then Chadwick doesn’t win, and the person who does in Anthony Hopkins isn’t even there to CLOSE THE SHOW?
How did they make Moonlight debacle look like the Mona Lisa? pic.twitter.com/hRh4SSNJZj
— TRAFON(s Backup Account) (@RiseFallNickBck) April 26, 2021