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Academy Awards End With Anticlimactic Surprise Winner

Anthony Hopkins upsets expected Chadwick Boseman win, gives no speech
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Apr 25, 2021 11:08 PM CDT

(Newser) – Anthony Hopkins has won his first Oscar since he took one home for playing Hannibal Lecter, the AP reports. Despite his pedigree, Hopkins was a surprise winner. The late Chadwick Boseman was expected to win the award, which in a very rare move from the academy was the last to be handed out this year instead of best picture. It was also an anti-climax on a show where Hopkins wasn’t present to accept the trophy he won for his work on The Father. "An absent Anthony Hopkins winning over Chadwick Boseman during a ceremony built to end around a Boseman win while [presenter] Joaquin Phoenix awkwardly stumbles through it all is...wow. Chaos!" reads one sample Twitter reaction. Another: "Every single indication felt like they moved around the categories so that Chadwick Boseman would win best actor at the very end of the show. And then Anthony Hopkins wins, doesn’t give a speech, and they roll credits. This is MAXIMUM chaotic energy." The rest of the winners from the Sunday night ceremony, per the AP:

  • Best picture: Nomadland
  • Best actress: Frances McDormand, Nomadland
  • Original screenplay: Promising Young Woman, Emerald Fennell
  • Adapted screenplay: Florian Zeller and Christopher Hampton, The Father
  • International film: Another Round, Denmark

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  • Best supporting actor: Daniel Kaluuya, Judas and the Black Messiah
  • Best supporting actress: Yuh-Jung Youn, Minari
  • Best director: Chloé Zhao, Nomadland (making history as the first woman of color, and the second woman ever, to win the award)
  • Sound: Sound of Metal
  • Makeup and hairstyling: Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom
  • Costume design: Ann Roth, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom
  • Live action short film: Two Distant Strangers
  • Animated short film: If Anything Happens I Love You
  • Animated feature: Soul
  • Documentary short subject: Colette
  • Documentary feature: My Octopus Teacher
  • Visual effects: Tenet
  • Production design: Mank
  • Cinematography: Mank
  • Film editing: Sound of Metal
  • Original score: Soul, Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross, and Jon Batiste
  • Original song: “Fight for You” from Judas and the Black Messiah (Music by H.E.R. and Dernst Emile II; Lyrics by H.E.R. and Tiara Thomas)

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