Anthony Hopkins honours Chadwick Boseman in belated acceptance speech

Boseman was nominated for Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, his final film before cancer claimed his life last August at age 43. The Black Panther star had been diagnosed with the disease four years earlier and kept it private as he continued working.

Hopkins has received four other Oscar nominations, including last year for his role as Benedict in The Two Popes; as the eponymous president in Nixon; John Quincy Adams in the slavery drama Amistad; and a loyal butler in The Remains of the Day.

In a 2016 interview, Hopkins said an acting career wasn’t in the plan.

“I wanted to be a musician, but I drifted into this business by mistake,” he said. “I’m still looking over my shoulder thinking somebody will say, ‘Sorry, Tony, you’re in the wrong business’.”

Hopkins, who started in the theatre but found it ill-fitting, focused on movie roles after getting his screen break playing Richard the Lionheart in The Lion in Winter in 1968.


In 2000, he became a US citizen. He’d been knighted by Queen Elizabeth II in 1993, giving him the right to use “Sir” before his name.

In Associated Press writer Jake Coyle’s review of The Father, he called it riveting “to see Hopkins play all these ever-fluctuating turns of mood. … For an actor so intense, so rigorously unsentimental, this is his Lear”.

Besides Boseman, the other nominees were Riz Ahmed, Gary Oldman and Steven Yeun.


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