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Sir Anthony Hopkins flew to Wales after getting vaccinated as he wins Bafta for best actor

Sir Anthony won best actor (Picture: Greg Doherty/Getty Images)

Sir Anthony Hopkins celebrated winning best actor at the Baftas in Wales, after he got vaccinated in the States.

The 83-year-old became the oldest winner of the best actor Bafta as he beat the late Chadwick Boseman (Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom), Riz Ahmed (Sound of Metal), Mads Mikkelsen (Another Round), Adarsh Gourav (The White Tiger) and Tahar Rahim (The Mauritanian) to the prize with his performance in The Father.

Sir Anthony did not appear virtually at the awards show to accept his award, with writer Florian Zeller accepting it on his behalf, but later spoke to press and confirmed he is on holiday in his native Wales, after being vaccinated in the States.

Speaking about the Academy Awards at the end of the month, the Port Talbot native, who usually lives in Los Angeles, said: ‘We’re going to be in Wales and we will be in Wales then.

‘We are taking a long vacation, we’ve been in a lockdown and it’s been a tough year for everyone so we took a holiday and we had our vaccinations.

‘So we’re in Wales having a quiet time and are very grateful to everyone so that is where we will be.’

The actor was vaccinated in LA (Picture: Twitter)

Sir Anthony won his first Bafta in 1969 for The Lion In Winter and he said he did not expect to be recognised again.

He said: ‘This is wonderful. I’m at this time in my life where I never expected to get this you know.

‘I mean, I got to a point in my life and I thought I wonder if I will ever work again, an actor’s nightmare.

‘I’m just so astounded. I’m sitting here painting in fact, in my room in a hotel, and I’m covered in paint and this cheer went up from next door and I thought “Are they were watching a football match?” and then I got a message from Florian.’

Sir Anthony said he is still acting because it ‘keeps me out of trouble’, adding: ‘I don’t want to sound heavy about it but it’s the only thing I know how to do.

The Father won two awards at the Baftas (Picture: AP)

‘I don’t know how I became an actor. I had no intention of doing anything, really.

‘But it’s something that’s passing my blood now I think I enjoy it.

‘I keep it simple. I love it. It’s a great life. And to be able to express things, I try not to take myself too seriously, I hope I don’t.’

In The Father, Sir Anthony plays a man slipping into dementia, with Olivia Colman playing his daughter.

As well as Sir Anthony’s win for best actor, Christopher Hampton and Florian Zeller won the Bafta for best adapted screenplay. 

The movie is up for best picture, best actor for Sir Anthony, best supporting actress for Colman, best adapted screenplay, best film editing and best production design at the Oscars later this month. 

Baftas 2021 winners

Best animated film

Soul

Best adapted screenplay

The Father

Best editing

Sound of Metal

Best film not in the English language

Another Round

Best cinematography

Nomadland

Best supporting actress

Yuh-Jung Youn (Minari)

Best original screenplay

Promising Young Woman

Best supporting actor

Daniel Kaluuya (Judas and the Black Messiah)

Outstanding debut by a British writer, director or producer

Remi Weeks (His House)

Best documentary

My Octopus Teacher

Original score

Soul

Outstanding British film

Promising Young Woman

EE Rising Star

Bukky Bakray

Fellowship

Ang Lee

Best director

Chloe Zhao (Nomadland)

Best actor

Sir Anthony Hopkins (The Father)

Best film

Nomadland

 

 


Credit: Original article published here.

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