Oscar producer Steven Soderbergh did not regret his decision to switch the award order at the ceremony, a decision that has drawn much criticism. The ceremony usually ends with the announcement of the Best Picture winner, but this year, it ended with the Best Actor Winner announcement, which went to Anthony Hopkins.
Not in the presence of the 83-year-old actor and the producers did not allow Zoom acceptance speeches, many felt that the switch to the epidemic-era Oscars did not close well.
However, Soderbergh is also not worried. “So the goal was really to do something different and sift through the feedback to the academy and decide what they would do next,” Soderbergh told the Los Angeles Times in an interview.
The director did not allow Zoom acceptance speeches at the ceremony, which culminated in a Down Trophy with Best Actor winner Anthony Hopkins, so that he could not accept his trophy in person.
Hopkins’ win for The Father came as a surprise to many as Ma was expecting a posthumous victory for the late Chadwick Boseman for Rainey’s Black Bottom. Asked by the Times whether, in blindness, he would reconsider the decision to ban attendance via Zoom. Soderbergh said, “No.”
However, the director said that the decision not to end the show with the standard Best Picture award was out of respectful discretion.
“We thought it might be fun to mix it up, especially if people didn’t know it was coming,” Soderbergh said.
“So that was always part of the plan. And then when nominations came out and there was also a possibility that Chadwick could win posthumously, our feeling was that if he wins and his widow speaks on his behalf, then somewhere after that Won’t go. So we cling to it. “