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Anthony Hopkins has finally given his Best Actor acceptance speech — honoring Chadwick Boseman amid uproar that he beat the late star at what has been dubbed the “wokest” Oscars ever.
The 83-year-old actor was noticeably absent from Sunday’s awards show where he won the top honor in a shock decision over the “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom” star — which sparked outrage online and among fans.
Critics slammed the choice to award Hopkins — who won for his performance in “The Father” — over Boseman as proof that the awards show was still “just doing what they do.”
“I see people on the timeline hurt & angry bc the Oscars did what the Oscars do: uphold white cishet abled supremacy,” author Brooke Obie said, referring to heterosexual people who identify with the gender they were assigned at birth.
“They weren’t created for us, loves,” she tweeted. “They will always reward themselves & the stories that solidify the master narrative over us.”
L.A. Times film editor Matt Brennan also called the unexpected win and lack of acceptance speech “the worst TV ending since ‘Game of Thrones.’”
In a social media post from the Welsh countryside early Monday, Hopkins thanked the Academy.
“Good morning. Here I am in my homeland of Wales — and at 83-years-of-age I did not expect to get this award,” Hopkins said of being the oldest actor to ever win Best Actor.
“I really didn’t. I am grateful to the Academy, and thank you,” he said.
The now twice Oscar-winning performer then went on to honor Boseman, who died from cancer at just 43 in August.
“And I want to pay tribute to Chadwick Boseman, who was taken from us far too early,” he said.
Hopkins didn’t directly address the outrage at his win over the late star — who had all but swept the awards season for his portrayal of hot-headed musician Levee — but others did.
Former “America’s Got Talent” judge Piers Morgan mocked the backlash as unnecessary complaining from “never-satisfied whiny woke warriors who were outraged that one tiny part of the show hadn’t bowed to their agenda.”
However, the uproar over the Best Actor award was just the tip of the iceberg, with many viewers blasting the ceremony for being full of self-important virtue-signaling.
It was clear politics would play a part in the awards show even on the red carpet, with Travon Free wearing a Dolce & Gabbana suit lined with the names of those killed by police brutality.
Presenter Regina King then wasted no time in bringing up Black Lives Matter protests and former Minneapolis cop Derek Chauvin’s conviction for George Floyd’s murder in her opening Oscars monologue.
“If things had of gone differently in Minneapolis, I would have been trading in my heels for marching boots,” the Academy Award-winning actress said.
Sergio Lopez-Rivera, Mia Neal, and Jamika Wilson later spoke about identity politics while getting the Best Hair and Makeup award, while Free turned his acceptance into a speech about police killings.
Morgan, writing for DailyMail.com, noted the irony in King admitting that viewers “want to reach for your remote when you feel like Hollywood is preaching to you.”
He blamed a “breathtakingly boring procession of self-indulgent heavily scripted actors delivering supremely virtuous identity-politics speeches” for then making it the “most unwatchable Academy Awards in history.”
The “Oscars’ ratings have collapsed in recent years as the woke lectures have increased in both volume and scale of sanctimony,” he wrote.
Movie reviewer Alex Popp tweeted he now “couldn’t care less” about his favorite awards show because “we know they’re going to quintuple down on woke politics instead of focusing on the movies.”
“My hope is that their viewers and ratings tank so badly that it makes them rethink some things,” he wrote.
Many also accused the Academy of trying too hard after getting ravaged for a lack of diversity in previous years.
“Forget Oscars So White, it’s become Oscars So Woke,” GB News columnist Dan Wootton tweeted.
But amid the outrage over Hopkins’ surprise win, other stars still took time to congratulate him for his second Best Actor award in nearly 30 years since winning for “The Silence of the Lambs.”
“Holy wow!” Alec Baldwin replied, while Kate Beckinsale offered “congratulations” and Hugh Jackman praised his “gorgeous performance!”