World-renowned actor Anthony Hopkins pulled off an upset at the Academy Awards Sunday night when he won the Oscar for Best Actor, becoming the oldest person in history to take home the award.
At age 83, Hopkins bested actor Christopher Plummer’s 2010 win for “Beginners” by just one year (Plummer was 82 at the time of his win). Despite the record win, Hopkins was not present Sunday night to accept the award and delivered his acceptance speech from his home in Wales the following morning where he honored the late-actor Chadwick Boseman, who was the expected winner.
“Good morning,” Hopkins said in his acceptance speech. “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.”
“I want to pay tribute to Chadwick Boseman who was taken from us far too early,” Hopkins added. “I really did not expect this, so I feel very privileged and honored. Thank you.”
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