Monday, May 20, 2024

Watch Anthony Hopkins Accept His Oscar, Pay Tribute to Chadwick Boseman: “At 83 Years of Age I Did Not Expect To Get This Award”


Sir Anthony Hopkins didn’t expect to win the Oscar for his landmark work in “The Father.” He went on a trip to his homeland of Wales instead. Like all of us, he thought Chadwick Boseman would win the Oscar for Best Actor. Hopkins paid tribute to him this morning on Instagram. It’s Hopkins’ second Oscar. His first was for the 1991 “Silence of the Lambs.” He was 53 then, and had labored for decades under the shadow a more famous Welsh actor, Richard Burton. But Hopkins has exceeded Burton, giving memorable performances in so many films like “Remains of the Day,” “Howard’s End,” “Shadowlands,” and so on. Bravo!

As for Boseman, it seems as though many Academy voters got cold feet in the last couple of weeks. A feeling that the vote would be “wasted” was heard a lot, even though everyone admired his work in “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom.” He and Viola Davis won the Screen Actors Guild Award for that film, and I thought that would repeat at the Oscars. So that theory is out the window.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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