AwardsFilm Adaptations of The Father, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom Earn Oscars in Surprising Ceremony
The 93rd annual ceremony took place April 25 from L.A.’s Union Station.
The 93rd annual Academy Awards ended with a surprise win as an absent Anthony Hopkins claimed the award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role, recognized for his work in the film adaptation of the play The Father.
The category was the last of the night, a spot traditionally reserved for Best Picture (which this year went to Nomadland). Upon the reveal of the switch, the night was seemingly headed toward a posthumous celebration of Chadwick Boseman; the late actor won both a Golden Globe and a Screen Actors Guild Award for another stage-to-screen role: Levee in Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom.
As for Best Actress, Tony Award winner Frances McDormand picked up her third Oscar in that category, this time for Nomadland, marking the first time since 2004 Best Picture and Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role went to the same film.