In a deeply emotional evening in Los Angeles, Anthony Hopkins surprisingly won the Best Actor award at the 93rd Academy Awards for his magnificent performance in The Father.
While many expected the late Chadwick Boseman to win the posthumous award, Hopkins makes history at aged 83, becoming the oldest actor to ever win an Oscar.
The Father, a drama co-written and directed by Florian Zeller, in his directorial debut, stars Hopkins alongside Olivia Colman, Mark Gatiss, Imogen Poots, Rufus Sewell, and Olivia Williams, and follows an ageing man who must deal with his progressing memory loss.
“Utilising cinema’s most simplistic mechanisms, Zeller’s film explains the pain and torment of dementia with ingenious subtlety, replicating the confusing loss of logical reason to allow audiences to slip into the mind of a sufferer,” Far Out’s review states. “Based on the award-winning play, by Zeller himself, the adapted screenplay from him and Christopher Hampton explores the relationship of Anne (Olivia Colman) and her 80-year-old father Anthony (Anthony Hopkins) when Anne seeks assistance for his care.
“It’s not often you see such a remarkable filmmaking triumph that so accurately replicates the complexities of another person’s mind, as we join in Anthony’s bemusement of the reality around him where logic is slowly ebbing away.”