Welsh actor Anthony Hopkins paid tribute to the late actor Chadwick Boseman after he won the best actor statuette at the 93rd Academy Awards held is Los Angeles, California last Sunday night (Monday morning in Manila).
Hopkins, 83, was not in Los Angeles when he won his second Oscar trophy for his role in “The Father,” a story of a man dealing with memory loss.
Later, Hopkins posted a video of his acceptance speech on Instagram. In his speech, Hopkins honored Boseman, a fellow nominee in this year’s Oscars, who was the sentimental favorite to win the award.
“I am grateful to the Academy and thank you. I want to pay tribute to Chadwick Boseman who was taken from us far too early and again, thank you all very much. I did not expect this. So I feel very privileged and honored. Thank you,” Hopkins said.
Boseman, who died of colorectal cancer in August 2020, received the best actor nod for the movie “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom.”
On Instagram, Hopkins wrote: “Thank you to The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Sony Pictures Classics, Florian Zeller, UTA, Jeremy Barber, Christine Crais, Mitch Smelkinson, Juan Miguel Arias, Tara Arroyave, my wife and family.”
Among those who congratulated Hopkins on IG were Hollywood stars Kate Beckinsale and Alec Baldwin.
Hopkins received his first Oscar for the 1991 drama “The Silence of the Lambs” where he played a cannibal.
Just last year, Hopkins earned an Oscar nomination for best supporting actor for the Netflix movie “The Two Popes.”
Watch the full acceptance speech of Hopkins: