In a brief acceptance speech on Instagram Monday following his Best Actor win for The Father at the 93rd Annual Academy Awards Sunday night, Anthony Hopkins thanked the Academy, and paid tribute to the late Chadwick Boseman, who most thought would win the award posthumously.
“Here I am in my homeland in Wales,” a tickled but surprised Hopkins began. “At 83 years of age, I did not expect to get this award, I really didn’t. I’m very grateful to the Academy.”
“I want to pay tribute to Chadwick Boseman, who was taken from us far too early,” he continued. “I really did not expect this, so I feel very privileged and honored.”
His post was met with congratulations and well-wishes from many of Hopkins’ 2.8 million Instagram followers, including Kate Beckinsale, his The Edge co-star Alec Baldwin, and Hugh Jackman.
The Oscars snub of Boseman was the talk of the Internet last night; the Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom star, who lost a private battle with cancer last year, had been posthumously honored by the Golden Globes, the Screen Actors Guild, and the Critics Choice Awards.
The Oscars ceremony had shifted its Best Actors categories to the end of the night, instead of capping the festivities with Best Picture, so it seemed to be designed to close with what would have been a touching Boseman win. Instead, with Hopkins’ win — and his not attending the ceremony — the night drew to a seemingly abrupt end.
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