The 83-year-old actor was noticeably absent from Sunday’s awards show where he won the top honor in a shock decision over the “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom” star.
Hopkins thanked the Academy in a social media post from the Welsh countryside early Monday, while also paying tribute to Boseman, who died from cancer at just 43 in August.
“Good morning. Here I am in my homeland of Wales — and at 83-years-of-age I did not expect to get this award,” Hopkins said of being the oldest actor to ever win Best Actor.
“I really didn’t. I am grateful to the Academy, and thank you,” he said.
“And 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,” he added.
His caption to the clip also thanks the Academy, as well as many of those involved with his award-winning performance in “The Father,” ending with thanks to “my wife and family.”
Other stars congratulated Hopkins for his second Best Actor award nearly 30 years since winning for “The Silence of the Lambs.”
“Holy wow!” Alec Baldwin replied, while Kate Beckinsale offered “congratulations” and Hugh Jackman praised his “gorgeous performance!”