Sir Anthony Hopkins Paid Tribute To Chadwick Boseman After Scooping His Second Oscar For Best Actor At The Age Of 83

Sir Anthony played an ageing man struggling with memory loss in The Father, directed by Florian Zeller, which was nominated for several awards on the night.

The legendary Welsh actor was unable to attend the ceremony in Los Angeles but shared an acceptance speech on Monday morning which was filmed in his native Wales.

In the clip he praised Black Panther star Boseman, who died in August last year aged 43 following a private four-year battle with colon cancer.

Boseman had been tipped to win best actor this year for his performance as an ambitious trumpeter in Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom.

He was said to have been suffering from the effects of the illness during filming but most of his fellow cast members did not know about his diagnosis.

Sir Anthony said: “Good morning. 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.

“Very grateful to the Academy and thank you, and I want to pay tribute to Chadwick Boseman, who was taken from us far too early.

“And again thank you all very much. Really did not expect this, so I feel very privileged and honoured. Thank you.”

With the victory on Sunday night, Sir Anthony becomes the oldest person to win an Academy Award for acting.

He last took the top prize in 1992 for his performance in The Silence of the Lambs.

He was later nominated for best actor twice in the 1990s, for playing a repressed butler in The Remains Of The Day, and a rogue president in Nixon – and he earned a supporting nod for Steven Spielberg’s historical drama Amistad.

Sir Anthony won the best actor prize at the Baftas earlier this month and also accepted the award from Wales.

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