There are many who think that there was one candidate more deserving of the win.
The versatile and veteran actor, Anthony Hopkins, has just become a legend of sorts by becoming the oldest actor ever to win an Oscar for the Best Actor at the age of 83. This was his second Oscar that he won at the 93rd Academy Awards, while he grabbed the first one in 1992 for his memorable role as Hannibal Lecter in The Silence of the Lambs.
Anthony Hopkins wowed the audience with his performance as an old man with dementia in the movie The Father. He was not present at the ceremony to collect the award himself. In one of the most unusual Oscar awards ever, instead of Best Film being presented at the very end, it was the Best Actress and Best Actor Award that was presented at the end. The show itself got over rather abruptly after the announcement.
The award, however, left lots of people upset and even furious. People were outraged that the Academy overlooked the performance of Late Chadwick Boseman for his role in Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom. It was widely believed that Chadwick would win the award hands-down for his performance and his fans were eagerly awaiting the announcement. It shocked them when Joaquin Phoenix not only announced the winner as Hopkins but also took the award on his behalf and left.
But that does not take anything away from Anthony Hopkins' performance in the movie that has been admired by the audience and the critics alike. He has taken his art to the next level and like wine, his age is just making him better. In fact, he not only beat the incredible performance of Chadwick Boseman but also surpassed the performances of actors like Gary Oldman (for Mank) and Riz Ahmed (The Sound of Metal) and the Asian American actor Steven Yuen (for Minari).