The Internet Compares Oscars Ending To Game Of Thrones After Chadwick Boseman Snub

Chadwick Boseman

Chadwick Boseman was the obvious frontrunner in the Best Actor category at the 2021 Oscars. He was amazing in Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, the Academy is known for posthumously honoring performances, and it’d have made a great finale to a strange and muted pandemic awards season. But his many fans’ hopes were dashed when Joaquin Phoenix reached into that envelope and perfunctorily announced that Anthony Hopkins had won for The Father.

Worse was that Hopkins wasn’t even available to give a speech, so immediately afterwards, the ceremony wrapped up. It was an abrupt ending to what’s surely set to be the least-watched Oscars since they began being televised. Boseman fans were also annoyed that the goody bags for the night contained an embarrassingly trashy-looking NFT tribute to him, especially given the environmental impact of them.

And as you can see down below, many folks are now comparing the ending of the ceremony to Game of Thrones‘ conclusion:

First up, it’s worth pointing out that Anthony Hopkins is truly excellent in The Father and absolutely deserved to win for it. And criticizing him for not being there to receive an award in person is stupid because he’s 83 and traveling halfway around the world during a pandemic is a very bad idea. Secondly, it’s understandable that he didn’t make a speech because of time differences. His publicists have confirmed that he was at his home in Wales where it was 4am when his award was announced.

But it was rather disappointing how the Academy was clearly banking on Chadwick Boseman winning and had restructured the schedule around it. I guess their thinking was that if he won, it’d have given the night a nice emotional climax and sent everybody away happy. As we all now know, though, that didn’t happen, leaving a weird finale that’s destined to regarded as a bum note in the history of the Academy Awards.