Oscars fans unimpressed as they call 2021 Academy Awards end ‘the most awkward finish ever’

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Last night’s Oscars may have been filled with colourful frocks, smiling A-listers and the first woman in 13 years to win Best Director, but fans were left unimpressed by the rather anti-climatic ending.

Rather than finishing up with Best Picture, as is usual practise for the Academy Awards, last night’s socially distanced ceremony ended on Best Actor – with many assuming the late Chadwick Boseman would have won a posthumous award for his performance in Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom.

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However, it was Anthony Hopkins who scooped up the award for The Father, leaving many fans labelling it “the most awkward end ever”, particularly as the legendary actor was not there to give a speech.

"The best picture Oscar should’ve been the last award. Ending was so awkward. #Oscars2021,” wrote one viewer.

While another added: “Oh my goodness that was an awkward way to end the Oscars ceremony and I bet they’re regretting not ending with Best Picture.”

A third wrote: “Awkward ending after a strong opening. Anyway, RIP Chadwick Boseman. Let's end our night with his smile. #Oscars."

Chad tragically died in December 2020 at the age of 43, and had swept the awards season in the weeks prior, with many calling the Oscars’ decision to award Anthony Hopkins with the gong the “biggest snub.”

However, one Twitter user wrote: "Chadwick Boseman doesn’t need an Oscar to prove his greatness.

Oscars 2021: The Winners

Best Picture – Nomadland

Best Actor – Anthony Hopkins, The Father

Best Actress – Frances McDormand, Nomadland

Best Supporting Actress – Yuh-Jung Youn, Minari

Best Supporting Actor – Daniel Kaluuya, Judas and the Black Messiah

Best Director – Chloé Zhao, Nomadland

Best International Feature – Another Round

Best Adapted Screenplay – The Father

Best Original Screenplay – Promising Young Woman

Best Original Song – Fight for You, Judas and the Black Messiah

Best Original Score – Soul

Best Film Editing – Sound of Metal

Best Cinematography – Mank

Best Production Design – Mank

Best Visual Effects – Tenet

Best Documentary Feature – My Octopus Teacher

Best Documentary Shot Subject – Colette

Best Animated Feature – Soul

Best Animated Short Film – If Anything Happens I Love You

Best Live-Action Short Film – Two Distant Strangers

Best Sound – Sound of Metal

Best Costume Design – Ma Rainey's Black Bottom

Best Makeup and Hairstyling – Ma Rainey's Black Bottom

"His legacy is already bigger than life itself."

Meanwhile, it was a big night for the Brits with Daniel Kaluuya taking home Best Supporting Actor for Judas and the Black Messiah, Emerald Fennell winning Best Original Screenplay for Promising Young Woman, and Christopher Hampton taking home the gong for Best Adapted Screening alongside Florian Zeller for The Father.

The show closed out this year’s awards season after a two-month delay due to the Covid-19 pandemic. It was held in two locations – Los Angeles’ Union Station and the Dolby Theatre – with the A-listers remaining socially distanced from one another on a much smaller red carpet.

However, the awards were still handed out in person and were not required to wear face masks.

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