Anthony Hopkins was painting on Sunday when he learned from a neighbour that he has just won himself a BAFTA for his role in The Father, in which he plays a man suffering from memory loss.
“He arrived yesterday and was very jet lagged and didn’t think he would win,” a representative for the actor told The Telegraph. “Once he did, we were able to get hold of him.”
This winning makes the 83-year-old the oldest winner of the best actor honor at the British Academy of Film and Television Arts’ annual ceremony.
“I heard this cheer next door,” Hopkins said, according to The Telegraph. “I thought, ‘What’s happening? Are they watching a football match?’”
Hopkins reportedly had declined to attend the show via a Zoom video stream and provided director Florian Zeller with a prepared speech before the ceremony.
Congratulations to him!