The closing of the broadcast stunned viewers, who were left to process that Boseman’s last chance to receive an award had vanished.
Boseman won a Golden Globe, a Screen Actors Guild Award and an NAACP Image Award for his on-screen role.
Los Angeles Times writer Glenn Whipp and others had predicted a Boseman win, noting that Hopkins’s performance as an aging man coping with memory loss in “The Father” could be a strong contender.
Disbelief over the letdown swiftly spread across social media.
Hopkins, 83, seemed just as surprised as viewers that he won the Oscar for best actor.
Hopkins’s win makes him the oldest actor to secure the highly coveted award in the acting category — a feat he said he didn’t anticipate in a Monday morning Instagram post shot in his home country of Wales.
The visibly stunned best actor paid tribute to Boseman in his first statement since his win, adding that Boseman was “taken from us far too early.”
Boseman would’ve been the third actor to win a posthumous Oscar in the acting category, joining Heath Ledger and Peter Finch, according to the Hollywood Reporter.