Anthony Hopkins has spoken out about his unexpected Oscar victory, accepting the award in a short video from his home.
Hopkins thanked the Academy and paid a heartfelt tribute to the late Chadwick Boseman in the letter, which was posted early Monday morning.
Hopkins began, “Here I am in my homeland of Wales.” “I honestly did not intend to receive this award at the age of 83. I owe the Academy a debt of gratitude.”
He added, “I want to pay tribute to Chadwick Boseman, who was taken from us way too soon.” “I was completely unprepared for this, so I feel extremely privileged and honored.”
The actor also thanked Florian Zeller, the director of The Father, his wife, and his family in the caption.
Hopkins won his second-best actor award for his role in The Father, in which he plays an elderly man suffering from dementia while his daughter (Oscar winner Olivia Colman) moves in to care for him.
Hopkins was not present at Sunday night’s ceremony. Hopkins took home the award for best lead actor 29 years ago for his portrayal of Hannibal Lecter in The Silence of the Lambs.
In a big departure from previous years’ Oscars, Best Actor was the night’s final honor.
Last year’s best actor winner for Joker, Joaquin Phoenix, presented the category and accepted Hopkins’ award on Hopkins’ behalf. The broadcast then suddenly came to an end.
Hopkins’ victory wasn’t the only one for the Sony Pictures Classics film. The Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay went to Christopher Hampton and Zeller (who made his directorial debut with the film), repeating The Father’s BAFTA win in that category.
The Father received six nominations for the Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Film Editing, Production Design, and Colman’s Best Supporting Actress nomination.
Earlier on Sunday, the actor shared a video of himself performing Dylan Thomas’ poem Do Not Go Gentle Into The Good Night and showing his late father Richard Hopkins’ gravestone.
With his victory, the 83-year-old actor became the oldest actor to win an Oscar, male or female. The role was previously held by the late Christopher Plummer, who won best supporting actor for Beginners in 2008 at the age of 82.
While many viewers were shocked to see Hopkins win his second Oscar for the role, Variety awards editor Clayton Davis predicted Hopkins would upset the supposed favorite, the late Chadwick Boseman, who was nominated for his work in Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom after his death.
Hopkins received the BAFTA award for best lead actor earlier this month.
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