Thanks to a decision made by producers about late actor Chadwick Boseman, the Academy Awards ended a little differently this year.
As a reminder, the producers reversed the order of the night’s final ceremonies, putting best picture ahead of lead acting categories.
Boseman, who was nominated for Best Actor in a Leading Role for his role in “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom,” was a heavy favourite to win.
Instead, Anthony Hopkins won the Oscar for “The Father,” but he was not there, and the show ended abruptly.
The Los Angeles Times interviewed director Steven Soderbergh, who was one of the event’s producers this year, about the change in categories.
“It was something we planned to do even before the nominations were announced — we discussed it in January. We believe that actors’ speeches are more dramatic than producers’ speeches, which I believe is not baseless. As a result, we thought it might be fun to shake things up a little, particularly if people weren’t expecting it “he said “As a result, it was still in the strategy. Then, when the nominations were announced, and it was even possible that Chadwick could win posthumously, we had the impression that if he did, and his widow spoke on his behalf, there would be nowhere to go from there. As a result, we stuck with it.”
“If there was even a sliver of a possibility” that Boseman would win and “that his widow would talk,” Soderbergh continued, “then we were working under the assumption that that was the end of the show.”
“So it wasn’t like we expected it to happen, but if there was even a chance it could, you have to prepare for it. Coming back after that would have been hard, because it would have been such a traumatic experience” he declares.