Anthony Hopkins Wins Best Actor Award, Honors Chadwick Boseman In Speech

Anthony Hopkins won this year’s Best Actor award at the Oscars. However, fans of Chadwick Boseman criticized the decision. The late actor also received a nomination for the award. 

Many called the win “racist” and felt that the Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom star was “robbed” of the award. Unfortunately, this is an opportunity that Boseman will never have once again since it is the last movie the actor starred in before his untimely death in August 2020. 

The Oscars this year were held as a closed event where the attendees could attend unmasked. Hopkins, however, did not accept the award in person. Instead, the 83-year-old The Father actor thanked his supporters via a video recorded from his hometown, Wales. In the video, Hopkins paid his respect to the much-loved Black Panther actor. 

The video, available on Hopkins’ Instagram account, pays tribute to Boseman “who was taken from us far too early.” The actor also shared that he did not expect the win, but he feels “very privileged and honored.”

Many couldn’t help but think this year’s Oscars were rigged, especially since the Best Actor award was presented last in the event. In previous years, the last award is usually the Best Picture. Viewers couldn’t help but feel like the show was building up to the win of the late actor. 

Fans turned to social media to express their disappointment and dismay. They believe that the Academy’s decision was wrong and that they felt betrayed.

Others, however, used the platform to highlight the character and the achievements of Boseman. In one Instagram post, Boseman’s co-star in Black Panther, Danai Gurira, referred to Boseman as “a pure-hearted, profoundly generous, regal, fun guy.” Gurira shared that Boseman was a real-life kind king just as his T’Challa character in the movie, which gave him success. 

Other than Black Panther and the Avengers series, Boseman starred in 21 Bridges.

The Academy Awards ceremony will be auctioning off a Chadwick Boseman NFT artwork for $1.2 million. Half of the proceeds from the auction will go to the Colon Cancer Foundation in memory of the late actor, who quietly battled with the disease for four years.