The Twitterverse is up in arms after front-runner Chadwick Boseman lost the Best Actor Oscar to Anthony Hopkins.
Ahead of the 93rd Academy Awards on Sunday, many believed the late actor — who died of colon cancer last August after waging a secret battle against the disease — would take home the coveted award for his portrayal of trumpeter Levee Green in the Netflix drama “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom.”
However, Hopkins — who did not attend the ceremony — ended up winning the Oscar for playing a man with dementia in the French-British film “The Father.”
Presenter Joaquin Phoenix, who won in the same category last year for his performance in “Joker,” accepted the award on Hopkins' behalf.
After the moment went viral, an overwhelming number of social media users voiced their surprise on Twitter.
“‘Are you okay?’ no. chadwick was robbed of his award and they changed their layout so best actor was last, which made ppl think he would end up winning, only to lose when it was one of his last chances to win a major award for his incredible, and unforgettable acting,” one Twitter user wrote.
“I'll just say it... Viola Davis and Chadwick Boseman were ROBBED... what a crappy ending to the Oscars,” a commenter said, referencing how Boseman’s co-star Viola Davis also lost her Best Actress category.
“Chadwick Boseman was robbed and they really put that award last on purpose. So disgusting if you ask me,” another added.
On Monday, Hopkins’ longtime agent told People magazine that the 83-year-old actor — who previously won a 1992 Best Actor Oscar for “The Silence of the Lambs” — was in his native Wales and was asleep when his category was called.
"Tony was in Wales, where he grew up, and he was asleep at 4 in the morning when I woke him up to tell him the news," Jeremy Barber told the magazine. "He was so happy and so grateful."
Monday on his Instagram page, Hopkins posted a video of his belated acceptance speech, in which he honored Boseman and his accomplishments.
"At 83 years of age, I did not expect to get this award. I really didn't. I'm very grateful to the Academy, and thank you," Hopkins said. "And I want to pay tribute to Chadwick Boseman, who was taken from us far too early."
"And again, thank you all very much. I really did not expect this. So I feel very privileged and honored. Thank you."
Though he did not win the Oscar, Boseman posthumously won a Golden Globe, a Screen Actors Guild Award, a Critics Choice Award, and other honors.