The 2021 Oscars came to an abrupt end on Sunday night with hotly tipped stars Chadwick Boseman and Viola Davis missing out on top awards.
Many had anticipated late actor Chadwick – who passed away last year aged 43 – would win a posthumous Best Actor award for his role in drama Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom.
While many also expected 55-year-old acting powerhouse Viola to walk off with the Best Actress gong.
However both stars were pipped to the post by Sir Anthony Hopkins and Francis McDormand respectively.
But viewers of the awards show were far from impressed by the final result.
Many took to social media to decry the Academy’s decision to snub Chadwick – as many felt the evening’s awards show had been building up to him being declared Best Actor.
An In Memoriam section towards the end of the three-and-a-half hour long ceremony had been criticised for speeding through a names of performers and industry experts who had died over the past year – with Chadwick featuring fleetingly at the end of the segment.
And when the Best Picture award was announced before the Best Actor and Best Actress segment, many expected show producers to have made way for a more fitting tribute to Chadwick as they anticipated him winning the final award of the night.
However, Sir Anthony Hopkins won Best Actor for his role as Anthony in the film The Father – but did not feature at all during the award presentation.
One angered viewer hit out on Twitter, writing: “The Oscars were so sure that Chadwick Boseman was going to win that they REARRANGED THE ENTIRE CEREMONY so his category could be last, and then they gave the award to Anthony Hopkins instead…the most chaotic and unhinged thing I’ve ever seen.”
Another echoed the sentiment, tweeting: “Wow, what a massively bad idea. And this overshadows the fact that both Anthony Hopkins and Chadwick Boseman were brilliant and one of them had to win. The spotlight is now shining solely on the producers. Huge mistake. From In Memoriam on, this show was a disaster.”
While a further viewer tweeted: “They build the entire show around a Chadwick Boseman ending and then Anthony Hopkins won and didn’t show up.”
One fan highlighted that Viola has yet to win the Best Actress award despite previously being nominated for the gong in her 2011 performance in The Help.
They tweeted: “Who is sabotaging Viola Davis? How has she not won yet? She is an astonishing talent. Easily one of the best actors alive today.”
Another viewer tweeted: “Well, disappointed most of all for Viola Davis. She bodied that role. Anthony Hopkins was a no show and Frances McDormand never really campaigned, clearly she didn’t have to. I think Nomadland is an exceptional film, and Viola should have won best actress.”
And another wrote: “Um??? just wasted 2hrs of my life watching the oscars just to see Viola Davis AND Chadwick Boseman be robbed.”