Why people are calling the Oscars ending the most awkward ever

The Editors
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People on Twitter have been calling out the Academy Awards over their seriously awkward ending, after the Best Actor category was moved to the end of the Oscars.

During last night's ceremony [25 April], as well as Zendaya stealing the red carpet and Emerald Fennell being named the first woman in 13 years to scoop up the Best Director category (wahoo), the ceremony also had a bit of a rejig.

Rather than ending with the Best Picture category, which is what happened during the infamous year of envelope gate, the Oscars decided to finish with the Best Actor category.

Photo credit: Rich Polk - Getty Images
Photo credit: Rich Polk - Getty Images

Many have speculated that this was because the Academy were assuming Chadwick Boseman would win a posthumous award for his performance in Ma Rainey's Black Bottom, following his death in December 2020.

But the award actually went to Anthony Hopkins for The Father, leading many on Twitter to call out the most awkward ending to the awards ever - especially considering he wasn't there to give a speech, so the whole thing just sort of... ended.

Photo credit: Kevin Mazur - Getty Images
Photo credit: Kevin Mazur - Getty Images

"Oh my goodness that was an awkward way to end the Oscars ceremony and I bet they’re regretting not ending with Best Picture," one person wrote. Another added, "Awkward ending after a strong opening. Anyway, RIP Chadwick Boseman. Let's end our night with his smile. #Oscars."

Others put, "Okay, just woken up and... oh boy, how the Oscar ended like that felt awkward. Even the reactions are mixed" while a fourth added, "The best picture Oscar should’ve been the last award. Ending was so awkward. #Oscars2021."

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Anthony Hopkins wasn't present at LA's Union Station to give a speech or accept his Oscars, which means the ceremony ended quite abruptly, and many fans felt like Chadwick didn't get his moment.

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