About four hours after winning the Best Actor award at the 93rd Academy Awards, upset Anthony Hopkins pronounced his acceptance in a video from Wales, taking a moment to pay tribute to the posthumously widely-to-win actor Chadwick Boseman.
“At 83, I didn’t expect to receive this award – I really didn’t,” said Hopkins, who won for his role as patriarch struggling with dementia on “The Father”.
On Sunday night, Hopkins became the oldest actor to win the award, nearly three decades after his first Oscar win in the category, for “The Silence of the Lambs.”
The award provided a strange ending to the ceremony. When Boseman received a Golden Globe for Best Actor earlier this year, the moving acceptance speech by his widow, Taylor Simone Ledward, was the highlight of the evening. Perhaps with that in mind, the Oscars have changed the traditional order of categories this year so that the Best Actor award comes last, after the best picture has already been awarded.
Boseman, who widely expected to win, did not – and Hopkins was not present to accept the prize in person or virtually, which resulted in a stilted and anti-climatic ending.
Social media bursts indignantly to victory, with many saying the award should have been given to Boseman for his role in “My Rainey’s Black Bottom”. Boseman died of colon cancer at the age of 43 in August, months before the release of “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom”.
“I want to pay tribute to Chadwick Boseman who was taken from us far too soon,” Hopkins said in his video, which was posted on social media.
Posted in the morning in Wales, the video was short and sweet, with Hopkins thanking the typical cast of characters in the caption of his Instagram post: the film’s production company, his agency, his family.
“Thanks everyone,” Hopkins said. “I really didn’t expect it.”