With most movie fans currently feeling despondent that Chadwick Boseman didn’t take home a posthumous Academy Award for Best Actor, it’s important to remember that the Academy’s decision was no fault of Anthony Hopkins, the beloved, generational actor who took home his second Best Actor prize for his work on The Father.
The 83-year-old Hopkins, who was not in attendance at the ceremony due to COVID concerns, did not give an acceptance speech during the broadcast, as news of his Best Actor victory came in at around 4 a.m. local time in his home of Wales.
On Monday morning, though, the ever-gentlemanly Hopkins took to Instagram (he is a genuinely *excellent* follow on IG, by the way) to show appreciation for the win and to pay tribute to the late Chadick Boseman, who was the heavy favorite to win Best Actor heading into the night.
“Good morning. Here I am in my homeland of Wales and at 83 years of age I did not expect to get this award, I really didn’t. I’m very grateful to the Academy and thank you,” Boseman said.
“I want to pay tribute to Chadwick Boseman who was taken from us far too early and again thank you all very much. I really did not expect this. So, I feel very privileged and honored… thank you.”
Sunday’s victory marked Hopkins’ second victory in the Best Actor category, with his first coming back in 1991 when he was honored for his iconic portrayal of Hannibal Lecter in The Silence of the Lambs. This time around, Hopkins won for his work on The Father, which follows an aging man who must deal with his progressing memory loss. At 83-years-old, Hopkins is the oldest actor to ever win an Academy Award.