Steven Soderberg explains why he switched up the Oscar ending

As a suggestion, manufacturers had actually changed the order of the last awards of the night so best photo was revealed prior to the lead acting classifications. Boseman, chosen for lead star for his function in “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom,” was extremely preferred to win. Rather, the Oscar went to Anthony Hopkins for “The Father” however he wasn’t in presence and the program ended quickly.
Director Steven Soderbergh, who was amongst manufacturers of this year’s occasion, spoke with the Los Angeles Times about changing the classifications.

“That was something we were going to do well before the nominations came out — we talked about that in January. It’s our belief — that I think is not unfounded — that actors’ speeches tend to be more dramatic than producers’ speeches. And so we thought it might be fun to mix it up, especially if people didn’t know that was coming,” he stated. “So that was always part of the plan. And then when the nominations came out and there was even the possibility that Chadwick could win posthumously, our feeling was if he were to win and his widow were to speak on his behalf, there would be nowhere to go after that. So we stuck with it.”

Soderbergh included that “if there was even the sliver of a chance” that Boseman would win and “that his widow would speak, then we were operating under the fact that was the end of the show.”

“So it wasn’t like we assumed it would, but if there was even a possibility that it would happen, then you have to account for that. That would have been such a shattering moment, that to come back after that would have been just impossible,” he states.

Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.