Many fans were in shock this past Sunday (April 25th) after finding out that Chadwick Boseman did not win the Best Actor Academy Award at the Oscars.
Boseman lost to Anthony Hopkins for his role in The Father. This upset caused viewers to voice their frustrations on social media and to share that Boseman’s loss was a disappointment because of the phenomenal role he played in Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom.
Hopkins would salute the late actor in his speech. “I want to pay tribute to Chadwick Boseman, who was taken from us far too early.”
Although fans were upset, Boseman’s brother, Derrick, said in a statement that he and his family do not believe that the actor was robbed of the award.
Michael B. Jordan also gave his thoughts about his friend and Black Panther co-star. During an interview, Jordan was asked if he shocked that Boseman did not win the award. He responded, “Yeah, I think everybody had a little bit of that feeling watching it, but this is how I honestly truly feel about it, there’s no award that can validate his legacy.”
He continued, “There’s no win that can take anything away from the lives around the world that he impacted, his family, myself included.”
Chadwick Boseman passed away last August after a long four-year battle with colon cancer. He was 43 years old.