About 4 hours after he gained finest actor on the 93rd Academy Awards in an upset, Anthony Hopkins delivered his acceptance in a video from Wales, taking a second to acknowledge the actor who had been broadly anticipated to win posthumously, Chadwick Boseman.
“At 83 years of age I did not expect to get this award — I really didn’t,” mentioned Hopkins, who gained for his position as a patriarch scuffling with dementia in “The Father.”
On Sunday night time, Hopkins turned the oldest actor to win the award, virtually three many years after his first Oscar win within the class, for “The Silence of the Lambs.”
The award offered a wierd ending to the ceremony. When Boseman was awarded a Golden Globe for finest actor earlier this yr, the emotional acceptance speech given by his widow, Taylor Simone Ledward, was the emotional spotlight of the night time. Perhaps with that in thoughts, the Oscars switched the normal order of classes this yr in order that the perfect actor award got here final, after the perfect image had already been awarded.
Boseman, who had been broadly anticipated to win, didn’t — and Hopkins was not current to just accept the award in individual or nearly, leading to a stilted, anticlimactic ending.
Social media erupted with indignation at the win, with many saying the award ought to have gone to Boseman for his position in “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom.” Boseman died of colon cancer at age 43 in August, months earlier than “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom” was launched.
“I want to pay tribute to Chadwick Boseman who was taken from us far too early,” Hopkins mentioned in his video, which was posted to social media.
Posted within the morning in Wales, the video was quick and candy, with Hopkins thanking the standard forged of characters within the caption to his Instagram submit: the movie’s manufacturing firm, his expertise company, his household.
“Thank you all very much,” Hopkins mentioned. “I really did not expect this.”