In a move that no one really expected, but to be honest, it was well-deserved, Sir Anthony Hopkins won the Oscar Award for his role as Anthony in the movie 'The Father' directed by Florian Zeller. In it, the actor portrayed a man suffering from dementia and the struggles he faces while his daughter moves in with him to help him. The actor was not present at the ceremony but hours later, he shared a video on his social media acknowledging this.
In the video, we can see the actor smiling but we can gather he is as surprised as all of us, delivering a heartfelt message “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 continued. “I really did not expect this, so I feel very privileged and honored.” In the caption, the actor also thanked 'The Father' director Florian Zeller, his wife, and family among others.
At 83 years old, Anthony Hopkins is making history since he became the oldest actor ever to win the Academy Award. This is his second Oscar after winning 29 years ago his first one, for the iconic role as Hannibal Lecter in 'The Silence of the Lambs.'
Now, what's making all the buzz is that not only Sir Anthony did not expect to win, but everyone else did not expect there was going to be another winner apart from the late actor Chadwick Boseman since he was widely expected to posthumously win the Best Actor award for his performance in Ma Rainey's Black Bottom, the final movie he did prior to his tragic death.
Even the ending of the ceremony felt a bit odd. In previous years the last award announced was Best Movie but this time they changed it and the Best Actor Award was the last one. Joaquin Phoenix was the one to present here and everybody thought the Academy changed it in order to honor Boseman. “The only thing I can say with sincerity is that when I watch all five of these performances I feel inspired and it’s a shame that we have to choose just one,” Phoenix said before reading the winner and no more than one minute later, the ceremony ended feeling like it was rushed.
Anthony Hopkins was not there to receive the award, as we mentioned before since he just returned to his homeland Wales and probably because he still stands on what he said almost ten years ago about not liking the Awards circuit and instead prefers that his work talks by itself. “Having to be nice to people and to be charming and flirting with them…oh, come on! People go out of their way to flatter the nominating body and I think it’s kind of disgusting. That’s always been against my nature,” said Hopkins. “People groveling around and kissing the backsides of famous producers and all that. It makes me want to throw up, it really does.”