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Many film fans were left disappointed on Sunday night as the late Chadwick Boseman was snubbed for the Best Actor gong at The Oscars despite being the hot favourite to pick up the award posthumously.

Chadwick, who tragically passed away at the age of 43 after a battle with colon cancer in August 2020, was nominated for the award for his role in Ma Rainey's Black Bottom.

His co-star Viola Davis, 55, was also expected to pick up the award for Best Actress for her portrayal of the titular character in the same film.

However, the pair were both snubbed, with Anthony Hopkins and Frances McDormand picking up the gongs for The Father and Nomadland respectively.

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Disappointment came when the traditional order of awards was rearranged so that Best Actor was handed out last, with many thinking the move would make way for a touching tribute to the Black Panther star once he had been named as the winner.

Viewers of the American awards show took to social media to slam the decision to snub Chadwick, with one writing: "That's the worst TV ending since 'Game of Thrones'."

A second added: The Oscars were so sure that Chadwick Boseman was going to win that they REARRANGED THE ENTIRE CEREMONY so his category could be last, and then they gave the award to Anthony Hopkins instead…the most chaotic and unhinged thing I've ever seen."

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Another added: "Wow, what a massively bad idea. And this overshadows the fact that both Anthony Hopkins and Chadwick Boseman were brilliant and one of them had to win.

"The spotlight is now shining solely on the producers. Huge mistake. From In Memoriam on, this show was a disaster."

A final fan wrote: "They build the entire show around a Chadwick Boseman ending and then Anthony Hopkins won and didn't show up."

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

Despite also missing out on her award, Viola seemed in high spirits as she attended the ceremony, paying tribute to her late co-star Chadwick.

Speaking on the red carpet, she told E! News: "Sometimes people honour people who actually were not really nice or really the persona did not match the real person. This [love] it matches a person.

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"I'm telling you, this person, this human being, this artist did not mistake his presence for the event. He absolutely honoured the work.

"A lot of people enter this business because they want to be famous actors.

"They don't want to be actors they want to be famous actors. He entered it because he just wanted to be an artist."

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