April 25, 2021 | 11:43pm ET
Getting into Sunday’s award’s night time, Boseman was the straightforward frontrunner for the Greatest Actor class. His function as blues trumpeter Levee Inexperienced in Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom had already earned him trophies at the Golden Globes (the place he grew to become solely the second posthumous performing winner, following Peter Finch), the Display Actors Guild Awards, the Critics’ Alternative Film Awards, the Black Movie Critics Circle, the Black Reel Awards, the NAACP Picture Awards, and extra. However when the ultimate award of the night time was introduced, it was an absent Hopkins who took it house for The Father.
It’s a stunning upset, and a snubbing that may sadly by no means have an opportunity to be corrected. Boseman passed away final summer season after secretly battling colon most cancers for 4 years, making his Ma Rainey‘s function the ultimate certainly one of his celebrated and too-short profession. It was additionally the one time he’d ever been nominated for an Academy Award.
Appearing Oscars have solely been awarded posthumously twice. The primary was for Peter Finch’s function in Community in 1976, whereas Heath Ledger gained Greatest Supporting Actor for his iconic Joker in The Darkish Knight in 2009. Sadly, Boseman’s title gained’t be added to that web page of the historical past ebook.
Although it’s a transparent shock, Hopkins win is one thing as a landmark, because the 83 years previous turns into the oldest particular person to ever win an Oscar in any class. Many different nominees have been anticipated to have historic wins this 12 months, and most got here via in the long run. Chloe Zhao grew to become the first Asian woman to win Best Director for Nomadland (which additionally gained Greatest Image and Greatest Actress (Frances McDormand)); Yuh-Jung Youn grew to become the primary Korean actress to be nominated, profitable for Minari; and Ma Rainey’s hairstylists Mia Neal and Jamika Wilson have been the primary Black ladies to ever be nominated for a Greatest Make-up and Hairstyling Oscar, an award they took house alongside make-up artist Sergio Lopez-Rivera.
Whereas the Boseman blow will possible be mentioned for a while to come back, the late actor continues to be receiving loads of deserved recognition. On the prime of the 12 months, he was besotted with a particular Actor’s Tribute at the Gotham Awards, whereas his hometown of Anderson, South Carolina has plans to erect a statue in his honor.
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