Anthony Hopkins pays tribute to Chadwick Boseman in speech


Anthony Hopkins has finally given his acceptance speech for winning Best Actor at the Oscars — where he honored the late Chadwick Boseman.

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.

Anthony Hopkins won an Academy Award for Best Actor for his role in "The Father."
Anthony Hopkins won an Academy Award for Best Actor for his role in “The Father.”
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“And I want to pay tribute to Chadwick Boseman, who was taken from us far too early.

Anthony Hopkins paid tribute to Chadwick Boseman in his acceptance speech.
Anthony Hopkins paid tribute to Chadwick Boseman in his acceptance speech.
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“And again, thank you all very much. I really did not expect this, so I feel very privileged and honored. Thank you,” he added.

At 83, Anthony Hopkins is the oldest performer to win Best Actor at the Oscars.
At 83, Anthony Hopkins is the oldest performer to win Best Actor at the Oscars.
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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.”

Anthony Hopkins won Best Actor but did not attend the Academy Awards in person. He is shown during an Oscars watch party at the Stuart & Cinema Cafe, in Brooklyn, New York on April 25, 2021.
Anthony Hopkins won Best Actor but did not attend the Academy Awards in person. He is shown during an Oscars watch party at the Stuart & Cinema Cafe, in Brooklyn, New York on April 25, 2021.
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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!”





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