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Oscars 2021: Anthony Hopkins responds to Chadwick Boseman controversy in new video

Anthony Hopkins released a video Monday morning about the 2021 Oscars

In this Feb. 21, 2015 file photo, an Oscar statue appears outside the Dolby Theatre for the 87th Academy Awards in Los Angeles. Some people watch awards shows out of love, others because they love to hate. But this year, as ratings have taken a dive, will anybody tune in to the Oscars?
An Oscar statue is pictured outside the Dolby Theatre for the 87th Academy Awards in Los Angeles on IFeb. 21, 2015.
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Sunday night’s Academy Awards ended on a controversial note, at least according to viewers on social media, as Anthony Hopkins won the best actor award after the show set up a posthumous victory for Chadwick Boseman.

Fans of the Academy Awards expressed outrage on social media following the events of the night, raising questions about why the entire Oscars left the best actor award toward the end if it was going to go to Hopkins and not Boseman, who died in 2020 due to complications with cancer.

Hopkins didn’t appear on screen at the award show after winning the award, either, which made the moment all the more strange, as I wrote for the Deseret News.

But Hopkins released a video Monday morning in which he accepted the award. He also paid homage to Boseman in the video, per ComicBook.com.

“I want to pay tribute to Chadwick Boseman, who was taken from us far too early,” Hopkins said in the video.

Hopkins said in the video that he didn’t expect to win the award, which is his second Oscar victory. He previously won for “The Silence of the Lambs,” according to ComicBook.com.

“Well, 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,” he said.