Anthony Hopkins pays tribute to Chadwick Boseman in Oscar acceptance video

Dan Seddon
·2-min read
Photo credit: Alexander Tamargo - Getty Images
Photo credit: Alexander Tamargo - Getty Images

Oscar winner Sir Anthony Hopkins has paid tribute to the late great Chadwick Boseman in his acceptance speech for Best Actor.

The two stars were up against each other in the same category – Hopkins for The Father and Boseman for Ma Rainey's Black Bottom – but it was the legendary Welsh actor who (surprisingly) came out on top to secure the second Oscar of his career.

Unable to attend the Hollywood ceremony, Hopkins later shared a video on social media from his homeland thanking the Academy.

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"Good morning," he said to the camera, with rolling green hills visible behind him.

"Here I am in my homeland in Wales and at 83 years of age I did not expect to get this award, I really didn't. I'm very grateful to the Academy and thank you."

Touchingly, Hopkins went on to add: "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 honoured, thank you."

Photo credit: Alexander Tamargo - Getty Images
Photo credit: Alexander Tamargo - Getty Images

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His latest victory comes almost three decades since his first Academy Award for Best Actor, for his unforgettable turn as Dr Hannibal Lecter in The Silence of the Lambs.

At 83, Hopkins becomes the oldest star to win an acting Oscar, surpassing the late Christopher Plummer who won for Beginners when he was 82.

For a full list of winners from this year's Academy Awards, head this way.

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