Viola was up against four actors who carried their films while she essentially had a strong supporting role. She is wonderful, but in that category she should not have won.
I thought the In Memoriam section should have started with Chadwick. He barely had a 10 year career, whereas Tyson, Plummer, de Havilland and Connery had been legendary for decades. One of them (de Havilland would have been my choice) should have been the last star we saw in the segment.
But I was surprised Boseman was not named Best Actor. Taking nothing away from the excellent Hopkins (and Ahmed), Chadwick was the soul of Ma Rainey and even as a fan of the play I could not imagine a better Levee.
Even if he had won, however, the Acting Awards should NEVER follow Best Picture! I hope that lesson was learned solidly by all award show producers last night.