Anthony Hopkins wins best actor over Chadwick Boseman in Oscars shock


Anthony Hopkins in a scene from 'The Father'. Photo: Sony Pictures Classics

Now that’s a plot twist.

Anthony Hopkins won Best Actor at Oscars for his performance in The Father, receiving the award over the late Chadwick Boseman, whom many considered to be the favourite.

Hopkins, who did not attend the ceremony at Union Station in Los Angeles, portrayed a man suffering from memory loss in The Father.

Boseman, who died at age 43 last August following a private four-year battle with colon cancer, was nominated for his performance as a headstrong horn player in Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, which centres on a contentious recording session in 1927.

The other nominees were Steven Yeun (Minari), Riz Ahmed (Sound Of Metal) and Gary Oldman (Mank).

Boseman, whose standout career roles include playing baseball great Jackie Robinson in 42, singer James Brown in Get On Up and the young Thurgood Marshall in Marshall, had won the Golden Globe, SAG Award and numerous critics awards leading up to the Oscars.

Hopkins won the BAFTA for lead actor. Ahmed won the Indie Spirit award.

Only two actors have won posthumous Oscars: Peter Finch’s 1977 win in the lead actor category for Network and Heath Ledger, in 2009, for his supporting turn in The Dark Knight. – Agencies

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