Anthony Hopkins Pays Tribute to Chadwick Boseman After Surprise Oscar Win | IGN

Sir Anthony Hopkins paid tribute to the late Chadwick Boseman in his post-Oscars acceptance speech.

Hopkins, who won the Best Actor Oscar at the 93rd Academy Awards for his starring role in The Father, posted a short video on Instagram on Monday morning to acknowledge his win and share his heartfelt gratitude for the honor. The actor expressed his surprise over his second Oscar win, which comes nearly 30 years after his first in 1992, for his chilling portrayal of Hannibal Lecter in The Silence of the Lambs.

In the video, Hopkins also paid tribute to his fellow best actor nominee, the late Chadwick Boseman, who had been widely expected to be named the winner of the Best Actor category for his performance in the Netflix movie Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom. “Here I am in my homeland in Wales,” Hopkins began. “At 83 years of age, I did not expect to get this award, I really didn’t. I’m very grateful to the Academy.”

“I want to pay tribute to Chadwick Boseman, who was taken from us far too early,” he added. “And again, thank you all very much. I really did not expect this, so I feel very privileged and honored. Thank you.”

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The Oscars Best Actor presentation came at the very end of the night’s proceedings, making it the final award of the night, in place of the more traditional Best Picture announcement that would typically close the show. The Father star triumphed over Chadwick Boseman, Riz Ahmed, Gary Oldman, and Steven Yeun to win the category at the 93rd Academy Awards.

At 83 years of age, Hopkins became the oldest person to ever win an Oscar for acting after scoring the statuette for his role in The Father, playing an aging patriarch grappling with dementia. He also became the oldest recipient of the Leading Actor award at the BAFTAs this year, having been nominated alongside Chadwick Boseman, Riz Ahmed, Mads Mikkelsen, Tahar Rahim, and Adarsh Gourav.

The Father was awarded a 10 in IGN’s review of the drama, which is based on the 2012 play Le Père. We commended first-time director Florian Zeller for crafting “a devastating masterwork” that “features career-best work from all involved, including Hopkins, as a man trying desperately to cling to his old life, and Olivia Colman as his daughter, who cares for him at great personal cost.”

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For more coverage of the 93rd Academy Awards, check out the full list of Oscars winners and then find out how Chloé Zhao made history with her Best Director Oscar win for Nomadland this year.

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Adele Ankers is a Freelance Entertainment Journalist. You can reach her on Twitter.
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