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Oscars 2021: Viola Davis calls the late Chadwick Boseman ‘authenticity on steroids’

Oscars 2021: Viola Davis calls the late Chadwick Boseman ‘authenticity on steroids’

Viola Davis calls the late Chadwick Boseman ‘authenticity on steroids’ while talking about the posthumously nominated talent at 2021 Oscars

Viola Davis says the late Chadwick Boseman was ‘authenticity on steroids.’

The star of Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom spoke about her co-star on the red carpet of the 93rd Academy Awards, telling E! News’ Giuliana Rancic ‘it feels right’ to see the outpouring of love for Boseman, who passed away last August after a secret battle against cancer.

Viola, who dazzled in a white cut-out Alexander McQueen number, said the star was the real deal, calling Chadwick a true ‘artist’ who she was honored to work with.

The real deal: Viola Davis called the late Chadwick Boseman ‘authenticity on steroids’ while talking about him ahead of the 2021 Academy Awards on Sunday

‘He was authenticity on steroids,’ she said, with husband Julius Tennon at her side.

‘Sometimes people honor people who actually were not really nice or really the persona did not match the real person. This [love] it matches a person.’

‘I’m telling you, this person, this human being, this artist did not mistake his presence for the event,’ Viola went on. ‘He absolutely honored the work.’ 

Davis celebrated Boseman’s dedication to the craft, telling Rancic: ‘A lot of people enter this business because they want to be famous actors. They don’t want to be actors they want to be famous actors.’

‘He entered it because he just wanted to be an artist.’

True artist: Chadwick, who passed away last August, was posthumously nominated for Best Actor and is a favorite to win

True artist: Chadwick, who passed away last August, was posthumously nominated for Best Actor and is a favorite to win

The craft: Davis celebrated Boseman's dedication to the craft, saying 'A lot of people enter this business because they want to be famous actors... He entered it because he just wanted to be an artist.' She's seen with hubby Julius Tennon above

The craft: Davis celebrated Boseman’s dedication to the craft, saying ‘A lot of people enter this business because they want to be famous actors… He entered it because he just wanted to be an artist.’ She’s seen with hubby Julius Tennon above

Chadwick earned a posthumous Oscar nomination for his role in Ma Rainey.

He’s a favorite for the category, already taking home the Golden Globe and Screen Actors’ Guild honor for Best Actor.

The Black Panther hero is competing against Riz Ahmed (Sound of Metal), Anthony Hopkins (The Father), Gary Oldman (Mank) and Steven Yeun (Minari.)

Viola is also nominated for a top gong, competing against Andra Day (The United States vs Billie Holiday), Vanessa Kirby (Pieces of a Woman), Frances McDormand ( Nomadland), and Carey Mulligan (Promising Young Woman) for Best Actress.  

The 2021 Oscars are a far more intimate affair than years past. 

This year COVID restrictions have whittled the VIP guest list down to only 170 people, from the usual 3,000. 

Glowing:  Viola, who is nominated for Best Actress, wowed in white Alexander McQueen

Glowing:  Viola, who is nominated for Best Actress, wowed in white Alexander McQueen

Artist: She's competing against Andra Day (The United States vs Billie Holiday), Vanessa Kirby (Pieces of a Woman), Frances McDormand ( Nomadland), and Carey Mulligan (Promising Young Woman)

Artist: She’s competing against Andra Day (The United States vs Billie Holiday), Vanessa Kirby (Pieces of a Woman), Frances McDormand ( Nomadland), and Carey Mulligan (Promising Young Woman)

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is hosting the delayed ceremony at the historic Union Station in Los Angeles, California where socially distanced movie stars can go mask-free while on-camera or seated in the main show room. 

Sticking to a ‘No Zoom’ policy unlike other shows that have taken place this awards season, Academy organizers have teased a ‘British hub’ for UK actors who are unable to make it in person, as well as another rumored ‘surprise location.’

During a year that saw movie theatres closed due to the pandemic, there were eight new films that did manage to impress Academy voters enough to be in contention for Hollywood’s biggest award, the Oscar for Best Picture (last year there were nine nominees in the category.)

While blockbusters may be absent this year, there have been a wide range of movies that have caught the attention of Academy voters, including the lavish Mank, Netflix’s ode to the Golden Age of Hollywood, starring Gary Oldman and Amanda Seyfried.

93RD ACADEMY AWARDS WINNERS

Best Picture

The Father

Judas and the Black Messiah

Mank

Minari

Nomadland – WINNER

Promising Young Woman

Sound of Metal

The Trial of the Chicago 7

Golden: Frances McDormand, Chloe Zhao, Mollye Asher and Dan Janvey (seen left to right) as Nomadland won Best Picture

Golden: Frances McDormand, Chloe Zhao, Mollye Asher and Dan Janvey (seen left to right) as Nomadland won Best Picture

Best Actress in a Leading Role

Viola Davis – Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom

Andra Day – The United States vs Billie Holiday

Vanessa Kirby – Pieces of a Woman

Frances McDormand – Nomadland – WINNER

Carey Mulligan – Promising Young Woman

 

Best Actress in a Supporting Role

Maria Bakalova – Borat Subsequent Moviefilm

Glenn Close – Hillbilly Elegy

Olivia Colman – The Father

Amanda Seyfried – Mank

Youn Yuh-jung – Minari – WINNER

Sweet: Youn Yuh-jung won Best Supporting Actress for Minari

Sweet: Youn Yuh-jung won Best Supporting Actress for Minari

Best Music (Original Score)

Da 5 Bloods

Mank

Minari

News of the World

Soul – WINNER

 

Best Animated Short Film

Burrow

Genius Loci

If Anything Happens I Love You – WINNER

Opera

Yes-People

 

Best Live Action Short Film

Feeling Through

The Letter Room

The Present

Two Distant Strangers – WINNER

White Eye

 

Best International Feature Film

Another Round – WINNER

Better Days

Collective

The Man Who Sold His Skin

Quo Vadis, Aida?

Talented: Thomas Vinterberg accepted Best International Film for Another Round

Talented: Thomas Vinterberg accepted Best International Film for Another Round

Best Sound

Greyhound

Mank

News of the World

Soul

Sound of Metal  – WINNER

 

Best Cinematography

Judas and the Black Messiah

Mank – WINNER

News of the World

Nomadland

The Trial of the Chicago 7  

 

Best Music (Original Song)

H.E.R. – Fight for You – Judas and the Black Messiah – WINNER

Hear My Voice – The Trial of the Chicago 7

Husavik – Eurovision Song Contest

Io Si (Seen) – The Life Ahead

Speak Now – One Night in Miami…

H.E.R.  won Best Original Song for Judas and the Black Messiah's  Fight for You

 H.E.R.  won Best Original Song for Judas and the Black Messiah’s  Fight for You

 Best Director  

Thomas Vinterberg – Another Round

David Fincher – Mank

Lee Isaac Chung – Minari

Chloé Zhao – Nomadland – WINNER

Emerald Fennell – Promising Young Woman

Trailblazer: Chloe Zhao is the first woman of color to win Best Director

Trailblazer: Chloe Zhao is the first woman of color to win Best Director 

Best Actor in a Leading Role

Riz Ahmed – Sound of Metal 

Anthony Hopkins – The Father – WINNER

Chadwick Boseman – Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom 

Gary Oldman – Mank

Steven Yeun – Minari 

 

Best Actor in a Supporting Role

Sacha Baron Cohen – The Trial of the Chicago 7

Daniel Kaluuya – Judas and the Black Messiah – WINNER

Leslie Odom, Jr. – One Night in Miami…

Paul Raci – Sound of Metal

Lakeith Stanfield – Judas and the Black Messiah

 

Best Animated Feature Film

Onward

Over the Moon

A Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon

Soul – WINNER

Wolfwalkers

Dynamic: Dana Murray (L) and Pete Docter won Best Animated Feature for Soul

Dynamic: Dana Murray (L) and Pete Docter won Best Animated Feature for Soul

Best Costume Design

Emma

Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom – WINNER

Mank

Mulan

Pinnochio

See Also

 

Best Writing (Adapted Screenplay)

Borat Subsequent Moviefilm

The Father – WINNER

Nomadland

One Night in Miami…

The White Tiger

 

Best Writing (Original Screenplay)

Emerald Fennell – Promising Young Woman – WINNER

Shaka King and Will Berson – Judas and the Black Messiah

Lee Isaac Chung – Minari

Darius Marder and Abraham Marder – Sound of Metal

 Aaron Sorkin – The Trial of the Chicago 7

Blooming lovely: Emerald Fennell won Best Original Screenplay for Promising Young Woman

Blooming lovely: Emerald Fennell won Best Original Screenplay for Promising Young Woman

Best Documentary Feature

Collective

Crip Camp

The Mole Agent

My Octopus Teacher – WINNER

Time

 

Best Documentary Short Subject

Colette – WINNER

A Concerto Is a Conversation

Do Not Split

Hunger Ward

A Love Song for Latasha

 

Best Film Editing

The Father

Nomadland

Promising Young Woman

Sound of Metal – WINNER

The Trial of the Chicago 7

 

Best Production Design

The Father

Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom

Mank – WINNER

News of the World

Tenet

 

Best Visual Effects

Love and Monsters

The Midnight Sky

Mulan

The One and Only Ivan

Tenet – WINNER

 

Best Makeup and Hairstyling

Emma

Hillbilly Elegy

Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom – WINNER

Mank

Pinocchio

 

 

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