The 93rd Academy Awards concluded on Sunday night, April 25, 2021, with Anthony Hopkins bagging the Best Actor Award for The Father. This is the second time he has won an Oscar. However, the actor was not present at the venue to receive the award. Nevertheless, he shared a video from his homeland in Wales and thanked the Academy for the award. His video was made special with his tribute to the late actor and fellow nominee Chadwick Boseman.
In the video, Hopkins said, “At 83 years of age, I did not expect to get this award. I really didn't. I'm very grateful to the Academy. Thank you. I want to pay tribute to Chadwick Boseman, who was taken from us far too early. And again, thank you all very much. I really did not expect this, so I feel very privileged and honored, thank you.”
He captioned the video, “Thank you to The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Sony Pictures Classics, Florian Zeller, UTA, Jeremy Barber, Christine Crais, Mitch Smelkinson, Juan Miguel Arias, my wife, Stella, and family.”
Hopkins' agent issued a statement to an online portal which read, "Tony was in Wales, where he grew up, and he was asleep at 4 in the morning when I woke him up to tell him the news. He was so happy and so grateful.” Hopkins was nominated alongside Riz Ahmed for Sound of Metal, Boseman for Ma Rainey's Black Bottom, Gary Oldman for Mank, and Steven Yeun for Minari. Although Hopkins was a favourite to win the award, several of Boseman’s fans were unhappy that the actor could not win the Oscars posthumously.