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Anthony Hopkins Sir becomes oldest ever winner of best actor Oscar

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Anthony Hopkins Anthony Hopkins becomes actor winner Sir of Oscar oldest ever best

Mon, 26 Apr 2021 07:00:00 +0100

He was in Wales as the awards were handed out in LA

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He was in Wales as the awards were handed out in LA

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Welsh acting legend Sir Anthony Hopkins took home the best actor statue at the Oscars for his work in The Father – making him the oldest ever recipient of the award.

It was a surprise win for the Port Talbot-born actor as going into the ceremony, the late Chadwick Boseman was the heavy favourite to win for his final film role as Levee in Ma Rainey's Black Bottom.

Sir Anthony wasn't at the ceremony in Los Angeles as he has been on holiday in Wales in recent weeks. And just before the ceremony he posted an emotional video on his Instagram feed showing him quoting Dylan Thomas' poem ' Do not go gentle into that good night' at the grave of his own father Richard Hopkins in Wales.

The Silence of the Lambs star, who normally resides in Malibu, returned to Wales before the Bafta awards ceremony earlier this month and won the best actor award at that ceremony too. Since then he has been posting his travels around his homeland, and how much he has been loving his time.

The actor plays an ageing man struggling with memory loss in the film, and it is Sir Anthony's second Oscar, coming 29 years after he won best actor in 1992 for The Silence Of The Lambs.

This is the longest gap between wins by any actor in this category in the history of the Oscars, and at 83, he also became the oldest person to win an Academy Award for acting previously held by the late Christopher Plummer, who was 82 when he won for Beginners in 2011.

In the past, he had also been nominated for his leading roles in The Remains of the Day and Nixon, as well as for supporting parts in The Two Popes and Amistad.

The actor did not pick up his award in person and the anticipated victory speech delivered in his honour by his co-star in the film Olivia Colman in London did not materialise. His award crowned a highly unusual Oscars ceremony, which ended shortly after it was announced.

Another Welsh actor was also celebrating after the film he starred in picked up the award for best live action drama.

Cardiff-born Andrew Howard played the police officer in Two Distant Strangers, a film about the death of a black man at the hands of a white police officer following George Floyd's murder.

He told BBC Radio Wales: “I am still shaking, it has been an extraordinary night. We weren't at the ceremony, but we weren't far away and we all went crazy.

“I have been holding that beautiful little statue and have been shaking with joy. It feels fantastic.”

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences hosted the delayed ceremony at the historic Union Station in Los Angeles, California where socially distanced movie stars were able to go mask-free while on-camera or seated in the main show room.

Attendance was limited to 170 people, with audience members rotated in and out during the ceremony.

International nominees who did not travel to the US accepted their prizes from remote hubs, with many of the British nominees gathering at the BFI in London's Southbank.

Here is a list of winners for the 93rd Oscars:

Best picture: Nomadland

Best actor: Sir Anthony Hopkins (The Father)

Best supporting actor: Daniel Kaluuya (Judas And The Black Messiah)

Best actress: Frances McDormand (Nomadland)

Best supporting actress: Yuh-Jung Youn (Minari)

Best director: Chloe Zhao (Nomadland)

Best animated feature film: Soul

Best cinematography: Erik Messerschmidt (Mank)

Best film editing: Mikkel EG Nielsen (Sound Of Metal)

Best costume design: Ann Roth (Ma Rainey's Black Bottom)

Best original score: Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross and Jon Batiste (Soul)

Best original song: Fight For You (Judas And The Black Messiah)

Adapted screenplay: The Father – Christopher Hampton and Florian Zeller

Original screenplay: Promising Young Woman – Emerald Fennell

Best production design: Mank

Best make-up and hairstyling: Ma Rainey's Black Bottom

Best sound: Sound Of Metal

Best live-action short film: Two Distant Strangers

Best visual effects: Tenet

Best documentary feature: My Octopus Teacher

Best international feature: Another Round (Denmark)

Best animated short: If Anything Happens I Love You

Best documentary short: Colette

Anthony Hopkins

Mon, 26 Apr 2021 07:00:00 +0100

LOS ANGELES, April 25 (Reuters) – British actor Anthony Hopkins won his second Oscar on Sunday for his heart-wrenching performance as a man with 

LOS ANGELES, April 25 (Reuters) – British actor Anthony Hopkins won his second Oscar on Sunday for his heart-wrenching performance as a man with dementia in “The Father.”

Hopkins, 83, has a six-decade film, TV and stage career, but is perhaps best known for playing the brilliant but twisted murderer Hannibal Lecter in the 1991 thriller “The Silence of the Lambs,” for which he won his first Oscar.

His best lead actor win on Sunday made him the oldest actor to get an Academy Award, an honor previously held by the late Christopher Plummer.

In “The Father,” Hopkins plays an aging man who has refused any help from his family and who is beginning to doubt what is real and what is imagined. It is adapted from a 2012 stage play of the same name.

Hopkins told Variety that playing the role “made me very aware now how precious life is.”

Born in Wales, the soft-spoken Hopkins is the son of a baker whose career has seen him playing characters ranging from the late U.S. President Richard Nixon to artist Pablo Picasso, Pope Benedict and director Alfred Hitchcock.

But Hopkins says his first love was music and that he came to acting as a profession by accident. He is also an accomplished pianist and artist who has lived for years in California.

He was made a knight by Queen Elizabeth in 1993, giving him the formal title Sir Anthony Hopkins.

Hopkins won on Sunday over the late Chadwick Boseman, who had been the presumed front runner for a posthumous, first Oscar in his final role in jazz drama “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom.”

(Reporting by Jill Serjeant; Editing by Andrea Ricci)

((jill.serjeant1@thomsonreuters.com; 310 491 7279;))

– April 26, 2021
Anthony Hopkins Sir becomes oldest ever winner of best actor Oscar
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