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Sir Anthony Hopkins becomes the oldest ever winner of the Academy Award for Best Actor

Welsh acting legend Sir Anthony Hopkins took home the statue of the best actor at the Oscars for his work in The Father, making it the oldest ever to receive the award.

It was a surprise win for the Port Talbot-born actor as he entered the ceremony, the late Chadwick Boseman being the big favorite to win for his last film role as Levee in Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom.

Sir Anthony was not at the ceremony in Los Angeles as he had been on vacation in Wales for the past few weeks. And just before the ceremony, he posted an emotional video to his Instagram feed quoting Dylan Thomas’ poem ‘Don’t go gentle on that good night’ at the grave of his own father Richard Hopkins in Wales.

The Silence of the Lambs star, who normally resides in Malibu, returned to Wales earlier this month for the Bafta awards ceremony and also won the Best Actor award at the ceremony. Since then he’s been posting about his travels through his homeland and how much he enjoyed his time.

The actor plays an elderly man struggling with amnesia in the film, and it is Sir Anthony’s second Oscar, 29 years after winning Best Actor for The Silence Of The Lambs in 1992.