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Anthony Hopkins pays tribute to Chadwick Boseman after Oscar upset

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Hopkins’ win was an anticlimactic ending to the Oscars because he wasn’t present to accept the trophy. Hours later, he posted a belated acceptance speech.

LOS ANGELES — Anthony Hopkins has honored the late Chadwick Boseman after winning the best actor Oscar, hailing his fellow performer as a man “taken from us far too early.”

The 83-year-old Hopkins took the award for his performance in “The Father,” becoming the oldest actor or actress to win an Oscar, edging out Christopher Plummer’s supporting-actor win at age 82 in the 2010 film “Beginners.”

Hopkins’ win was anticlimactic on a show where he wasn’t present to accept the trophy. Presenter Joaquin Phoenix’s reading of his name was the last dramatic moment of a most unusual ceremony.

Hours later, Hopkins made a belated acceptance speech in a short video message posted on Instagram, standing in front of the rolling green fields of his native Wales.

“I want to pay tribute to Chadwick Boseman, who was taken from us far too early,” he said. “I really did not expect this, so I feel very privileged and honored.”

It is Hopkins’ first Oscar since he was victorious for playing Hannibal Lecter.

Despite his pedigree, Hopkins was a surprise winner of the Academy Award for best actor for his work on “The Father,” playing the role of a man fighting dementia.

Boseman had been expected to win the award, which, in a very rare move from the academy, was the last to be handed out this year instead of best picture.

Boseman was nominated for “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom,” his final film before cancer claimed his life last August at age 43. The “Black Panther” star had been diagnosed with the disease four years earlier and kept it private as he continued working.

Hopkins has received four other Oscar nominations, including last year for his role as Benedict in “The Two Popes”; as the eponymous president in “Nixon”; John Quincy Adams in the slavery drama “Amistad,” and a loyal butler in “The Remains of the Day.”

In a 2016 interview with The Associated Press, Hopkins said an acting career wasn’t in the plan.

“I wanted to be a musician, but I drifted into this business by mistake,” he said. “I’m still looking over my shoulder thinking somebody will say, ‘Sorry, Tony, you’re in the wrong business.’”

Hopkins, who started in the theater but found it ill-fitting, focused on movie roles after getting his screen break playing Richard the Lionheart in “The Lion in Winter” in 1968.

In 2000, he became a U.S. citizen. He’d been knighted by Queen Elizabeth II in 1993, giving him the right to use “Sir” before his name.

In Associated Press writer Jake Coyle’s review of “The Father,” he called it riveting “to see Hopkins play all these ever-fluctuating turns of mood. … For an actor so intense, so rigorously unsentimental, this is his Lear.”

Besides Boseman, the other nominees were Riz Ahmed, Gary Oldman and Steven Yeun.

In Oscars upset, Anthony Hopkins wins best actor for 'The Father'

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Many had expected Chadwick Boseman to win. In a very rare move from the academy, best actor was the last award handed out this year instead of best picture.

LOS ANGELES — Anthony Hopkins has won his first Oscar since he took one home for playing Hannibal Lecter.

Despite his pedigree, Hopkins was a surprise winner.

The late Chadwick Boseman was expected to win the award, which in a very rare move from the academy was the last to be handed out this year instead of best picture.

It was also an anti-climax on a show where Hopkins wasn’t present to accept the trophy. Joaquin Phoenix’s reading of his name was the last dramatic moment of a most unusual ceremony.

The second Oscar for Hopkins comes nearly 30 years after his first in 1992, for playing Hannibal Lecter in “The Silence of the Lambs.” He’s been nominated four times since without a win.

The 83-year-old Hopkins won the Oscar Sunday night for his role as a man who battles with dementia opposite Olivia Colman in the film directed by Florian Zeller.

With his win, Hopkins became the oldest person to win an acting award at the Oscars.

In addition to Boseman, he beat out fellow nominees Riz Ahmed, Gary Oldman and Steven Yeun.

Boseman was the first Black performer ever nominated posthumously for an Oscar. 

'Chadwick Boseman was robbed’ Jo Brand left 'disappointed' over Anthony Hopkins Oscar win

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Another said: “The Oscars were so sure that Chadwick Boseman was going to win that they REARRANGED THE ENTIRE CEREMONY so his category could be last, and then they gave the award to Anthony Hopkins instead…the most chaotic and unhinged thing I’ve ever seen.”

“An absent Anthony Hopkins winning over Chadwick Boseman during a ceremony built to end around a Boseman win while Joaquin Phoenix awkwardly stumbles through it all is…wow. Chaos!” someone else agreed.

Others raged at the Academy for allowing it to happen, snapping: “Now why the hell would you nominate Chadwick Boseman, a man who gave the most incredible performances in his short career, and not give the award to him???? That was a perfect opportunity to honor him and all that he has done and you completed wasted it. F**k the academy,” they wrote.

Other nominees in that category included Riz Ahmed for Sound of Metal, Gary Oldman in Mank and Steven Yuen for Minari.

Anthony Hopkins heartbreakingly admits he's thinking about death: 'Hope I'm at peace'

The legendary actor and film producer was nominated for a Golden Globe Award last night for his role in The Father – an upcoming film chronicling an old man’s descent into dementia. But as he received rave reviews for his acting, Sir Anthony admitted it was an easy role for him, stating: “It was no big deal to act old, because I am old.” Sir Anthony has starred in countless Hollywood films over the decades, but this one stuck with him because it made him “more aware of mortality and the fragility of life”.
He said: “We’re all fragile, we’re all broken.

“We can point fingers and condemn other people — it’s so easy because the world is a madhouse — I try to keep my mouth shut and enjoy life as best as I can.”

He stated that parts of the film reminded him of his own father’s passing, adding that facing “fear” is what worried him the most.

He said: “I remember this once strong, robust man, declining and depressed – and fearful.

“He was irritable and irascible, he didn’t want a fuss, and I’m a bit like that.

“I looked at the photograph of me with my two daughters on the bedside table on the [film] set and the radio and the little notepad and I knew what he felt at the end.”

On December 29, Sir Anthony sent a message to his 750,000 Twitter followers celebrating 45 years of sobriety, a decision he believes was crucial to staying alive.

He said: “The hallmark of anyone who is hooked on cigarettes or booze or food, whatever the addiction is, is the stubbornness.

“You think, ‘I can do it.’

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He explained: “On my first day free of booze, a friend asked, ‘How do you feel?’ I said ‘inadequate’.

“And then it hit me that, of course, we all are. None of us is of any importance at all.

“In this vast multi-universe where we all exist, we are nothing. It goes back to Socrates — I know that I know nothing.”

Sir Anthony has received the coronavirus vaccine and is looking forward to restrictions being lifted, but has not found lockdown a chore.

He said: “I get up every morning, I eat my oatmeal, I go to the gym, my wife goes for a swim.

“I paint, I read, I play complicated pieces on the piano because I want to keep my brain active.

“I play with my cat. I’m not interested in what’s going on outside.”

Sir Anthony was knighted by the Queen for services to the arts in 1993.

In The Father, dementia takes over Sir Anthony’s character – making him charming and quick-witted one moment, but unbearably cruel the next.

It comes out in cinemas on June 11.

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