The 83-year-old actor acquired the win for his efficiency in “The Father” and though many believed the late Chadwick Boseman would earn the nod posthumously, the Academy reportedly didn’t enable Hopkins to just accept his win through Zoom as a result of a strict coverage. The Academy had arrange “hubs” the world over in Dublin and London the place nominees might journey to present their acceptance speeches in case they gained.
Nonetheless, Hopkins had “no need to journey to hubs in Dublin or London,” his representatives just lately informed IndieWire, including that they “pleaded for [Hopkins] to be allowed to Zoom.”
Apparently, the Academy scoffed on the request as Hopkins was in his native Wales, so the actor went to sleep.
Hopkins’ long-time agent Jeremy Barber relayed to Folks journal that Hopkins was “asleep” when he gained the award.
“Tony was in Wales, the place he grew up, and he was asleep at four within the morning once I woke him as much as inform him the information,” Barber stated, including, “He was so comfortable and so grateful.”
Hopkins did document a video acceptance speech on Monday morning and talked about the late Boseman.
“Good morning. Right here I’m in my homeland in Wales and at 83 years of age I didn’t anticipate to get this award, I actually didn’t. I’m very grateful to the Academy and thanks,” Hopkins stated.
“And I need to pay tribute to Chadwick Boseman, who was taken from us far too early and once more thanks all very a lot,” he concluded. “I actually didn’t anticipate this, so I really feel very privileged and honored. Thanks.”
In keeping with Selection, citing early Nielsen numbers, the Oscars rankings plummeted to a document low with a mean of 9.85 million viewers watching the present Sunday night, which is a 58.three%, 13.75 million viewer drop-off from final yr. As well as, the present earned a mere 1.9 ranking among the many key demographic of adults age 18-49.
Reps for Hopkins and the Academy didn’t instantly reply to Fox Information’ request for remark.