Why Chadwick Boseman not winning the Oscar is bringing backlash for The Academy
The Academy is facing backlash over the winner of the Oscar for best actor in a leading role. People are accusing them of rearranging and building up the entire ceremony around the late Chadwick Boseman, betting on him that he will win the award in posthumous. However, things took an unexpected turn and everything went to chaos when Anthony Hopkins won instead.
The Oscars have had a long-standing tradition since 1940 that the last Award presented will be that of Best Picture, to symbolize that it is the biggest award of the night. However, for the 93rd Academy Awards, they didn’t disclose the running order to the public in the lead-up to the show. However, people later realized that for the first time, the awards for Best Actress and Best Actor categories will conclude the show. When it became apparent that Best Actor will conclude the ceremony, everyone had one thought in mind: The Academy is giving an emotional and heartfelt nod to Chadwick Boseman. This was his first nomination, but also sadly his last.
Critics massively hailed Chadwick Boseman’s last performance in Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom alongside Viola Davis as his finest. He was the frontrunner throughout award season for this role, bagging the Critics’ Choice Awards, the Golden Globes, and the SAG Awards. It felt more like a formality that Boseman would win at the Oscars as well.
However, all bets went wrong when Anthony Hopkins bagged the Award for his role in The Father. People were left stunned, and what made matters even worse was that Hopkins wasn’t even there to accept his award. Presenter Joaquin Phoenix had to accept it on his behalf, right before an abrupt end to the ceremony.
The next morning, Anthony Hopkins shared a video message on social media, thanking the academy and remembering Chadwick Boseman. He said:
At 83 years of age, I did not expect to get this award — I really didn’t. I’m very grateful to the Academy and thank you. And I want to pay tribute to Chadwick Boseman, who was taken from us far too early.Anthony Hopkins
Twitter reacts to Chadwick Boseman not winning the Oscar for Best Actor
Considering that the producers rearranged the Awards to end on Best Actor, it felt like they were pinning all their hopes on Boseman winning the award. And the people also didn’t fail to notice that. However, it all backfired pretty badly, resulting in backlash for the Academy.
Furthermore, Twitter users described the moment as chaotic and awkward.
Despite the heartbreak over Chadwick Boseman not winning the award, people weren’t upset with Hopkins’ win. They all realized how great an actor he is. However, the reshuffling of the ceremony to build up to that moment only for it to backfire is what got people upset.
This debacle however does make one thing clear – the crew working behind the stage have no clue as to whose name is inside the envelope. A third-party accountancy firm PwC tallies the Academy votes and places them in locked briefcases. And the only time anyone finds out about the winner is on-stage. Even Disney producer Rob Mills told Variety that their bets were on Chadwick Boseman. He said:
It was not meant to end on somebody who was not present. It was a calculated risk, that I think still paid off because everybody was talking about it
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