Anthony Hopkins, 83, Turns into Oldest Actor Ever To Win An Oscar With ‘The Father’ Greatest Actor Victory

It appears odd to name Anthony Hopkins’ Greatest Actor victory on the 2021 Oscars a shock, however his triumph Sunday may need been the night time’s greatest upset. A Greatest Actor trophy for Chadwick Boseman’s electrical efficiency in Ma Rainey’s Black Backside appeared a foregone conclusion after Boseman, who died tragically final yr at 43, received on the Critics Selection Awards, SAG and the Golden Globes Awards.

However Deadline’s personal Pete Hammond hinted at a possible a late surge for Hopkins, and that appears to be what occurred.

The legendary Welsh actor was a no-show for the ceremony, as he was final yr when nominated for Greatest Supporting Actor for The Two Popes. He didn’t attend the BAFTAs this yr both, the place he additionally received Greatest Actor.

In 2012, Hopkins, whose movie Hitchcock was getting Oscar buzz, informed the Huffington Submit he was not within the awards circuit. “Having to be good to folks and to be charming and flirting with them…oh, come on! Folks exit of their method to flatter the nominating physique and I believe it’s type of disgusting. That’s at all times been in opposition to my nature”, stated Hopkins. “Folks groveling round and kissing the backsides of well-known producers and all that. It makes me wish to throw up, it actually does.”

Hopkins has stated he prefers the work converse for itself and this yr that’s precisely what occurred.

The one adaptation from stage to display screen amongst this yr’s eight Greatest Image nominees, The Father interprets a chamber drama a couple of man’s sluggish descent into dementia into a strong cinematic expertise. Deadline referred to as Hopkins’ flip a “devastating efficiency.”

At 83, Hopkins is the oldest actor ever to win an Oscar — male or feminine — beating out Christopher Plummer who was simply 82 when he received in 2018 for Novices. Plummer acquired a nomination on the age of 88 for All of the Cash within the World, making him the oldest individual to be nominated in an appearing class.

It’s Hopkins’ second Greatest Actor victory. He famously received in 1992 for his position as Hannibal Lecter in Jonathan Demme’s The Silence of the Lambs. In all, he has been nominated six occasions, for Silence, The Father, The Stays of the Day, Nixon, The Two Popes and Amistad.

Whereas stunning, the precise second of Hopkins’ win was a bit anticlimactic.

Final yr’s Greatest Actor winner, Joaquin Phoenix, ambled onstage and informed the viewers he was not going to discuss what he was supposed to discuss — the transformative second when an actor discovers his character — as a result of, he stated, “I don’t suppose I’ve ever had that have.”

The Joker star 3 times stated he was presenting the award “for Actor,” pointedly leaving out the officially-appended “Greatest” from the class’s title.

Phoenix, it appears, has lengthy shared Hopkins’ disdain for the awards season, telling Interview journal — additionally in 2012 — that he thought-about it “utter bullsh*t.” But right here he was, an Oscar winner presenting the night time’s last and supposedly climactic Oscar.

After going off script Phoenix added, “The one factor I can say with sincerity is that once I watch all 5 of those performances I really feel impressed and it’s a disgrace that we’ve to decide on only one.”

It was a becoming prelude. As soon as the end result was revealed, Phoenix provided the usual, “The Academy congratulates Anthony Hopkins and accepts the Oscar on his behalf,” and the present rapidly wrapped.

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