Fans of the late Chadwick Boseman were left disappointed following Sunday’s Oscars, after the star lost out on the best actor Oscar.
The Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom actor was hotly tipped to take the gong, however Sir Anthony Hopkins was a surprise winner for his role in The Father.
Sir Anthony wasn’t in attendance, at either the main ceremony at Los Angeles’ Union Station or the London hub for UK performers, so he was unable to give a speech to accept the night’s final award.
Da 5 Bloods actor Boseman died in August at the age of 43 following a private battle with colon cancer, and since then has decorated with posthumous awards including a Screen Actors Guild Award and a Golden Globe.
Boseman is the seventh actor to get a posthumous acting nomination, following the likes of Heath Ledger and James Dean who were also nominated after their deaths.
And, should he have won, he would have been the third star to win the best actor Oscar, with Ledger winning for his role in The Dark Knight and Peter Finch for his part in Network.
However as the telecast for tonight’s Oscars wound up, fuming fans took to social media to air their anger at Boseman missing out on the posthumous accolade, after having swept awards season so far.
Comedian Jo Brand shared her disappointment appearing on the Sky Cinema Oscars panel.
‘I’m really surprised,’ said Brand. ‘I know what a brilliant actor Anthony Hopkins is, but I think that Chadwick Boseman was robbed there.
‘He gave such an incredible performance in that film. I feel really disappointed in a way.’
Others shared their sadness and shock, with one dubbing it a ‘letdown’.
One viewer mused on Twitter: ‘Genuinely shocked that Chadwick Boseman didn’t win. The Oscars is either is predictable or throws you for a loop. But having watched The Father, I did thoroughly enjoy Anthony Hopkins’ performance &loved The Father. I still gotta watch Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom though!’
On the best actor award being moved to last position – usually when the best picture is announced – another wrote: ‘They put Best Actor last fully expecting a standing ovation, tear in every eye moment from everyone as Chadwick Boseman’s wife accepts an award on his behalf…….
‘Instead it ends with Anthony Hopkins not even being there. YIKES!’
Still many fans took a step back and reflected on the star’s legacy, with one musing: ‘Nothing changes the fact that Boseman was one of the most brilliant actors of this era who made a tremendous impact in a short period of time & that he’ll be remembered forever. Awards don’t make or break that.’
Oscars 2021 winners
Best picture: Nomadland
Best actor: Sir Anthony Hopkins (The Father)
Best supporting actor: Daniel Kaluuya (Judas And The Black Messiah)
Best actress: Frances McDormand (Nomadland)
Best supporting actress: Yuh-Jung Youn (Minari)
Best director: Chloe Zhao (Nomadland)
Best animated feature film: Soul
Best cinematography: Erik Messerschmidt (Mank)
Best film editing: Mikkel EG Nielsen (Sound Of Metal)
Best costume design: Ann Roth (Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom)
Best original score: Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross and Jon Batiste (Soul)
Best original song: Fight For You (Judas And The Black Messiah)
Adapted screenplay: The Father – Christopher Hampton and Florian Zeller
Original screenplay: Promising Young Woman – Emerald Fennell
Best production design: Mank
Best make-up and hairstyling: Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom
Best sound: Sound Of Metal
Best live-action short film: Two Distant Strangers
Best visual effects: Tenet
Best documentary feature: My Octopus Teacher
Best international feature: Another Round (Denmark)
Best animated short: If Anything Happens I Love You
Best documentary short: Colette
Author: Mel Evans