Chadwick Boseman Loses Best Actor Oscar To Anthony Hopkins

 Chadwick Boseman Loses Best Actor Oscar To Anthony Hopkins

The late Chadwick Boseman, who was the favorite to win the Academy Award for Best Actor at Sunday night’s Oscars, lost out to Anthony Hopkins, who won for his role in The Father. Hopkins, whose performance as an older man suffering from dementia has been unanimously praised by critics, won the same award in 1992 for Silence of the Lambs.

Boseman has been lauded posthumously for his performance as the fiery trumpeter Levee Green in the film adaption of August Wilson’s Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom. He’d already won Best Actor honors from the Screen Actors Guild and Golden Globes, as well as his first Oscar nod. It was widely expected that he’d win the statuette for what was his final role before dying tragically at age 43 in August 2020 following a private battle with colon cancer.

He worked until his final days despite his illness, making his wide-ranging performance as Green even more impressive. The film was directed by Denzel Washington, who paid for Boseman’s tuition to the British American Drama Academy’s summer program in the late 1990s when Boseman was a student at Howard University.

Boseman got his start in theater in the early 2000s, working as a director, playwright and actor in New York, and becoming a member of the National Shakespeare Company of New York. He became a household name following his performances as Jackie Robinson in 42, James Brown in Get on Up and, most famously, as T’challa in Black Panther.

Boseman was known for bringing character and integrity to the set. Early on in his career he was fired from soap opera All My Children after speaking out about the show’s stereotypical Black characters. As the star and title character of Black Panther—the first blockbuster film featuring a Black superhero, a predominantly Black cast and director and a team of Black writers—he understood the film’s greater significance to the industry.

“I know people [in the entertainment industry] are going to see this and aspire to it,” Boseman told Time about the film. “But this is also having people inside spaces—gatekeeper positions, people who can open doors and take that idea. How can this be done? How can we be represented in a way that is aspirational?”