Steven Soderbergh Admits That They Closed The Oscars With The Best Actor Category In Case Chadwick Boseman Won
Two Sundays ago, the Academy Awards broke with tradition by moving the Best Picture category to the third-last award of the night and closed the show with Best Actor. It made zero sense until you realized that the Academy was likely banking on a big, emotional ratings-grabbing end to the show when Chadwick Boseman was posthumously named Best Actor for Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom. Steven Soderbergh, one of the producers of the 2021 Academy Awards, wants to clear the air, and he’d like you to know that the category of Best Actor was moved on purpose in the event Chadwick won.
One of the biggest head-scratchers (and there were A LOT) of last night’s Ambien Fest ’21 known as the 93rd Academy Awards was that they didn’t present Best Picture at the end of the show like they usually do. Best Picture, which was presented by Rita Moreno and won by Nomadland, was pushed before Best Actress and Best Actor. Some figured that the Academy thought the late Chadwick Boseman was going to win Best Actor, since his performance in Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom has been sweeping this awards season, and so they wanted to end the show with a big tribute to him. BUT PLOT TWIST! When Joaquin Phoenix presented the Best Actor Oscar, he mumbled out something about acting being weird and then called out Anthony Hopkins’ name and Anthony Hopkins wasn’t even there. He was asleep at home! You and everyone else, Sir Tony!
And it didn’t make history because it was the first time everyone in the audience and the viewers at home said the words, “Wow, what an enjoyable and short award ceremony!“. I’m sure some people said that, due to the fact that the SAG Awards clocked in at a tight 60 minutes, as promised. And there was no doubt a lot of people appreciated that a pre-taped show cut out the middle man (the middle man being a long-winded acceptance speech that begins with at least 9 full seconds of folded paper fumbling). But the big news was that for the first time in SAG Awards history, all four film acting categories went to non-white nominees. Like the category for Female Actor in a Leading Role – Motion Picture, which went to Viola Davis, seen above freaking out from the comfort of her own couch.
During last night’s Golden Globe Awards, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association proved that only some of their decisions are questionable brain-scratchers, not all. Because we saw Chadwick Boseman win the award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture Drama, for his role in Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom. It was his first Golden Globe nomination ever, and his first win. It also made him the fourth Black actor in the show’s 78-year history to win the award (Andra Day, who took home the award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture Drama last night, happens to be only the second Black woman to do so). But as we all know, Chadwick Boseman passed away last August at the way too young age of 43 from colon cancer, before he got the chance to rightfully claim his award and thank everyone he wanted to thank. Instead, his wife Taylor Simone Ledward ensured there wasn’t a dry eye in existence, by accepting on his behalf and saying all the things he likely would have said in his acceptance speech.
Yesterday a bunch of new Marvel and Disney projects were announced at something called Disney Investor Day. Near the end of the presentation (which had Star Wars nerds jizzing from their pores [ew, I’m so sorry, everyone]), Marvel boss Kevin Feige paid tribute to the dearly departed Chadwick Boseman, who passed away from cancer at the way-too-young age of 43. Kevin also confirmed that the studio has no intention of recasting Chadwick’s role of T’Challa in the upcoming Black Panther sequel.
We were still struggling to cope with the dump truck fire that has been 2020 (and like, the dump truck had a ton of used diapers and raw meat in the back) when we learned of the passing of Chadwick Boseman last night at the ridiculously young age of 43, after a private battle with colon cancer. Now, Hollywood and the rest of the world are reacting to the news and sharing stories of their experiences working with him.