Anthony Hopkins honors Chadwick Boseman after lacking Oscars

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Shocked Anthony Hopkins gained lead actor on the 2021 Oscars? So is Anthony Hopkins.

Higher late than by no means, the star of “The Father” reacted to his upset victory Sunday evening on social media after lacking the 93rd Academy Awards hours earlier. In a video message from the luxurious Wales countryside, Hopkins accepted his Oscar whereas honoring fellow lead actor nominee Chadwick Boseman, who was closely favored to win the coveted prize.

“Good morning,” Hopkins mentioned within the temporary clip. “Right here I’m in my homeland in Wales, and at 83 years of age, I didn’t anticipate to get this award. I actually didn’t. And I’m very grateful to the academy, and thanks.

“And I wish to pay tribute to Chadwick Boseman, who was taken from us far too early. And once more, thanks all very a lot. I actually didn’t anticipate this, so I really feel very privileged and honored. Thanks.”

As of Sunday, Hopkins is the oldest particular person to obtain an performing Oscar. And due to his age, he was not in a position to safely journey to Los Angeles in the course of the COVID-19 pandemic to just accept the distinction for his dramatic efficiency reverse Olivia Colman within the display screen adaptation of Florian Zeller’s play of the identical title.

Hopkins beforehand scored an Academy Award for his star flip within the 1991 thriller “The Silence of the Lambs.” And “The Father” director Zeller additionally nabbed a trophy Sunday evening for tailored screenplay.

Hopkins’ absence made for considerably of an anticlimactic finish to Sunday’s occasion, as producers organized for lead actor to be introduced final as a substitute of finest image, which usually closes out the Oscars ceremony. After Chloé Zhao’s “Nomadland” took house the highest prize, the academy unceremoniously accepted the ultimate award of the evening on Hopkins’ behalf.

The fizzle of a finale led to widespread hypothesis that the producers — like most awards pundits — had gambled on Boseman profitable a posthumous Oscar for his acclaimed flip in George C. Wolfe’s adaptation of the August Wilson play “Ma Rainey’s Black Backside.” (Many predicted that Oscars voters would seize their final likelihood to rejoice Boseman’s sensible profession, which was lower quick final yr after the display screen icon died of colon most cancers.)

As an alternative, what would have been a cathartic capstone to a devastating yr for the film business was upended by a perplexing no-show. On Monday, a number of of Hopkins’ Hollywood friends, together with Kate Beckinsale, Alec Baldwin and Hugh Jackman, congratulated him on Instagram after he was knowledgeable of his win.

“Thanks to The Academy of Movement Image Arts and Sciences, Sony Footage Classics, Florian Zeller, UTA, Jeremy Barber, Christine Crais, Mitch Smelkinson, Juan Miguel Arias, my spouse, Stella, and household,” Hopkins captioned his Instagram acceptance speech.

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