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

LOS ANGELES — Three decades after Anthony Hopkins' chilling portrayal of serial killer Hannibal Lecter earned a lead-actor Oscar, the role of a man fighting 

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LOS ANGELES — Three decades after Anthony Hopkins’ chilling portrayal of serial killer Hannibal Lecter earned a lead-actor Oscar, the role of a man fighting dementia brought him his second trophy.

Despite his pedigree, Hopkins was a surprise winner in the top acting category.

The late Chadwick Boseman was widely expected to win the honour, which in a very rare move by the film academy was the last to be handed out this year instead of the usual ceremony-capping best picture.

Boseman was nominated for “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom,” his final film before cancer claimed his life last August at age 43. The “Black Panther” star had been diagnosed with the disease four years earlier and kept it private as he continued working.

Hopkins’ win was also anticlimactic on a show where he wasn’t present to accept the trophy. Presenter Joaquin Phoenix’s reading of his name was the last dramatic moment of a most unusual ceremony.

Hopkins, 83, became the oldest actor or actress to win an Oscar, edging out Christopher Plummer’s supporting-actor win at age 82 in the 2010 film “Beginners.” Plummer, who died in February at 91, earned an Oscar nod at age 88 for “All the Money in the World,” an achievement that stands.

He has received four other Oscar nominations, including last year for his role as Benedict in “The Two Popes”; as the eponymous president in “Nixon”; John Quincy Adams in the slavery drama “Amistad,” and a loyal butler in “The Remains of the Day.”

In a 2016 interview with The Associated Press, Hopkins said an acting career wasn’t in the plan.

“I wanted to be a musician, but I drifted into this business by mistake,” he said. “I’m still looking over my shoulder thinking somebody will say, ‘Sorry, Tony, you’re in the wrong business.’”

Hopkins, who started in the theatre but found it ill-fitting, focused on movie roles after getting his screen break playing Richard the Lionheart in “The Lion in Winter” in 1968.

In 2000, he became a U.S. citizen. He’d been knighted by Queen Elizabeth II in 1993, giving him the right to use ?Sir? before his name.

In Associated Press writer Jake Coyle’s review of “The Father,” he called it riveting “to see Hopkins play all these ever-fluctuating turns of mood. … For an actor so intense, so rigorously unsentimental, this is his Lear.”

Besides Boseman, the other nominees were Riz Ahmed, Gary Oldman and Steven Yeun.


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

Anthony Hopkins becomes a two-time Best Actor Academy Award winner at the age of 83


One of the biggest surprises of the night at the Academy Awards 2021 was Anthony Hopkins’ win for Best Actor for his role in The Father.

The Welshman, who previously took home the same prize in 1991 for his unforgettable turn in The Silence of the Lambs, said he was shocked to have won.

The smart money was on the late Chadwick Boseman who had been tipped to win for his work in Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, but it was the 83-year-old who triumphed 30 years after he turned heads for his masterful depiction of cannibal killer Hannibal Lecter alongside Jodie Foster and won in the same category.

The Father, which was shot in Hopkins’ country-of-birth Wales, sees him portray a man suffering from dementia alongside the brilliant Olivia Colman.

The actor was not in Los Angeles to collect his award, nor was he at the British Film Institute, the ceremony’s UK base, so instead posted a video message on Instagram thanking voters.

“At 83 years of age I did not expect to get this award, I really didn’t,” he said. “I’m very grateful to the Academy, and thank you.”

Hopkins, who is currently in Wales, paid tribute to Chadwick Boseman, whom he said had been “taken from us far too early”, and said he felt “very privileged and honoured”.

Released in the UK on June 11, The Father was also championed thanks to the Best Adapted Screenplay award for Christopher Hampton and director Florian Zeller. Zeller called Hopkins “the greatest living actor”.

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– April 26, 2021
The Father Anthony Hopkins wins best actor Oscar for 39;39;
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