We ran into actress Andra Day — the nominated star from ‘The United States Vs. Billie Holiday’ — Sunday night leaving Spring Place in Bev Hills, not too long after the show, and asked if she thought the Academy had gotten better with diversity … and she said yes. Well, at least partly.
Watch … she makes it clear they’re moving in the right direction, but have a long way to go — and that pivot starts long before the Oscars get handed out. Of course, we also had to ask about Chadwick losing the Best Actor Oscar to Sir Anthony Hopkins in rushed, anti-climatic finish.
AD kept it real with her answer, and so did her ‘Billie Holiday’ costar Evan Ross … although, he put it in more diplomatic terms. Model Winnie Harlow, however, just let it rip with her Chadwick hot take.
Speaking of Hopkins (who wasn’t even at Union Station to receive his award) — he posted a gracious thank you message last night, but also seemed stunned to have won, and gave a shout-out to Chadwick. Fact is, Sir AH was great as the lead in ‘The Father’ … so, it’s hard for anyone to say he didn’t earn his win.
Here’s why people thought Chadwick was a shoo-in to win, though — one, his performance has been called stellar in ‘Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom’ (his last role before he died).
But, more importantly … the entire award show seemed to be heading in that direction — show producer Steven Soderbergh literally bumped Best Picture ahead of schedule just for a Best Actor finale.
Instead, Hopkins won … and wasn’t on hand to accept. It was awkward — and folks question why they changed the traditional order of awards. It sure misled the audience into thinking one thing, but delivering another. Plot twist!