When the producers of the 93rd Academy Awards ceremony switched the order of the awards at the Oscars, saving the Best Actor announcement for last, viewers were certain that meant a win for the late Chadwick Boseman for his role in Netflix’s Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom. However, that was not the case. Instead, Sir Anthony Hopkins, who was not even present at the ceremony due to not being able to accept via Zoom, took home the win for his role in The Father.
The following day the stunned 83-year-old actor thanked his fans for their support and shouted out Boseman who died from colon cancer at age 43 in August 2020. “And I want to pay tribute to Chadwick Boseman, who was taken from us far too early…and again, thank you all very much,” he said via Instagram. “I really did not expect this. So I feel very privileged and honored. Thank you.”
Though fans were not upset by Hopkins’s win, they were stunned that the Academy would choose to use a potential win of the Black Panther star for views. Now, Boseman’s brother, Derrick Boseman is speaking out.
He told TMZ that his family was not upset by the perceived snub. He explained that all of the actors who were nominated are talented and deserve the award. Derrick revealed that his brother “always described them to me as a campaign.” He revealed that the Oscar award would have been a nice achievement but it wasn’t an obsession for his late brother. He also congratulated Hopkins for his win, as he says, “I’m sure [Anthony] would if Chad won.”
Still, others are fuming at the Academy especially since Taylor Simone Ledward, Boseman’s widow, was on hand to accept the award.
“They build the entire show around a Chadwick Boseman ending,” New York Times contributor Kyle Buchanan tweeted, “and then Anthony Hopkins won and didn’t show up.”
Another Twitter user added, “A dying man gives the performance of a lifetime… The last performance of his lifetime… Leaves it all up there… and you don’t give him the trophy?!”