Anthony Hopkins became the oldest winner of an acting award at the Academy Awards on Sunday night.
Speaking from his home country the veteran Welsh actor, 83, paid tribute to fellow nominee Chadwick Boseman who had been posthumously nominated for the award.
The 83-year-old was named best actor for his role in The Father, directed by Florian Zeller, in which he plays an ageing man struggling with memory loss.
What did he say in his acceptance speech?
Hopkins from Port Talbot in South Wales did not attend the ceremony in Los Angeles on Sunday night but shared an acceptance speech on Monday morning, which was filmed in Wales, where he is on holiday.
In the short clip, he expressed shock at winning the award and paid tribute to Boseman.
He said: “Good morning. Here I am in my homeland in Wales, and at 83 years of age I did not expect to get this award, I really didn’t.
“Very grateful to the Academy and thank you, and I want to pay tribute to Chadwick Boseman, who was taken from us far too early.
“And again thank you all very much. Really did not expect this, so I feel very privileged and honoured. Thank you.”
Sir Anthony won the best actor prize at the Baftas earlier this month and also accepted the award from Wales.
Speaking at the time he said his family had gone on a “long vacation” after receiving their vaccinations.
“So we’re in Wales having a quiet time and are very grateful to everyone so that is where we will be,” he said.
How many Oscars has Anthony Hopkins won?
Anthony Hopkins’ victory on Sunday night marked his second Oscars win.
He claimed his first gong in 1992 for his performance as Hannibal Lecter in Silence of the Lambs. He saw off competition from Warren Beatty, Robert De Niro, Nick Nolte and Robin Williams.
He also received nominations for his performances in The Remains of the Day (1994), Nixon (1996), Amistad (1998) and The Two Popes (2020).
How to watch The Father?
The Father is set for a cinema release in the UK later this year.
The drama is slated for a June 11 release, just under a month after cinemas reopen on May 17.
The film had originally been set for a January 8 release.