Anthony Hopkins Pays Tribute To Chadwick Boseman In His Belated Oscars Acceptance Speech

No matter what you think about last night’s Oscars, one thing is for sure—it ended in a very peculiar way. Typically, the show ends on the Best Picture award, which is the biggest of the night. Last night, however, it ended on Best Actor, presumably because the producers thought maybe there would be a Chadwick Boseman win. Alas, that wasn’t to be, as Anthony Hopkins took home the win…though he actually didn’t take home anything. You see, Hopkins wasn’t at the awards show and the ceremony ended with, well, nothing. But this morning, the actor woke up and gave his acceptance speech anyway.

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As seen on social media, Anthony Hopkins did in fact accept his Best Actor award, even if it was hours after the ceremony ended. His speech is exactly what you expected from the legendary actor, thanking everyone and even mentioning Boseman by saying, “I want to pay tribute to Chadwick Boseman, who was taken from us far too early…”

Ultimately, it’s a fine speech and would have at least somewhat salvaged the anti-climactic ending viewers saw last night. Interestingly, according to The Guardian, the non-ending could have also been avoided with the help of Hopkins’ co-star in “The Father,” Olivia Colman.

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The report claims there were plans for Colman to potentially accept the award in Hopkins’ honor by delivering a pre-written speech. However, for whatever reason, those plans didn’t pan out, and we were left with the biggest film awards ceremony of the year ending with an award being given to a picture of an actor and with no memorable speech.

How much do you want to bet the Best Picture award will close out next year’s telecast?

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