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 simply accept his win by way of Zoom as a consequence of a strict coverage. The Academy had arrange “hubs” internationally in Dublin and London the place nominees might journey to offer their acceptance speeches in case they gained.
Nonetheless, Hopkins had “no want to journey to hubs in Dublin or London,” his representatives not too long ago advised 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 did file 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 wish 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 response to Selection, citing early Nielsen numbers, the Oscars scores plummeted to a file low with a median of 9.85 million viewers watching the present Sunday night, which is a 58.3%, 13.75 million viewer drop-off from final yr. As well as, the present earned a mere 1.9 score 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.