Sir Anthony Hopkins pays tribute to Chadwick Boseman in his Oscar acceptance speech pic.twitter.com/UVTRA56hko
— Films to Films 📽️🎬 (@FilmstoFilms_) April 26, 2021
From Go Fug Yourself:
… Much will be said and written about the Oscars’ decision to fiddle with the order of the show, to (presumably) pre-write a big ending that then didn’t come to pass. It was a bad gamble, made weirder by the fact that ever since the BAFTAs the pundits seemed to see Anthony Hopkins’s win as more and more certain. At ANY point, they could have changed the order back and ended on Best Picture, celebrating the amalgam of all the creative categories that had already been honored. I guess… credit to them for not cheating and looking in the envelopes, but it was a real whimper of an ending on a lot of levels — not least that they for sure could have guessed that if the winner was NOT Chadwick, it would be Hopkins, whom everyone knew would not be there as he has not attended any of them. And indeed, the air was let out of the room and Joaquin Phoenix scurried off the stage (I don’t blame him) and the credits rolled and we were out. It made the whole thing more wrenching, and I don’t think a Chadwick win would have been any LESS emotional if it had come in the usual spot…
So they built the Oscars around Chadwick Boseman winning Best Actor posthumously and instead a white, 83-year old British actor, who didn't bother to set up his Zoom account, wins.
Really hard to think of a better way for an Oscars ceremony honoring the films of 2020 to end!
— Michael Cohen (@speechboy71) April 26, 2021