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Sir Anthony Hopkins says acting is like a ‘paid hobby’


He is nominated in the Best Actor category at Sunday night’s Academy Awards.

Yet despite his nod at the prestigious film awards ceremony, Sir Anthony Hopkins – who won an Oscar for his 1992 in Silence of the Lambs – admitted he doesn’t take his craft too seriously and sees it as a ‘paid hobby’.

The actor, 83, who revealed he doesn’t get carried away with his own success, has been nominated for his role as Anthony in The Father, a character who refuses all assistance from his daughter as he ages. 

Mantra: Sir Anthony Hopkins – who won an Oscar for his 1992 in Silence of the Lambs – admitted he doesn’t take his craft too seriously and sees it as a ‘paid hobby’

Sir Anthony told The Sun on Sunday newspaper: ‘I’m not a method actor. I can’t sit in the corner thinking I’m a plant or anything like that.

‘I get a cup of tea or a cup of coffee and say, ‘Good morning’, Some people want to make a big deal of it. I can’t. I’ve got a life of my own and acting to me is a hobby, a paid hobby, but I enjoy it.’

The Westworld actor added that he believes aspiring actors have a distorted idea of what it’s like to make it big in the movie business.  

He explained: ‘You know, I meet young people, and they want to act and they want to be famous, and I tell them, when you get to the top of the tree, there’s nothing up there. Most of this is nonsense, most of this is a lie. Accept life as it is. Just be grateful to be alive.’

Nod: The actor, 83, who revealed he doesn't get carried away with his own success, has been nominated for his role as Anthony in The Father (pictured)

Nod: The actor, 83, who revealed he doesn’t get carried away with his own success, has been nominated for his role as Anthony in The Father (pictured)

Earlier this month, Sir Anthony made history at the 2021 British Academy Film Awards, as he became the oldest man in history to be awarded Best Leading Actor.

The screen veteran, who had already received the BAFTA Fellowship in 2008, was awarded the prize for his acclaimed performance in The Father, beating out favourite Chadwick Boseman. 

However despite the historic win, Anthony was a surprise no-show as he failed to appear at the virtual ceremony and later revealed he had been working on a painting in his hotel room in Wales.

Oscars: Producers were said to be having late-night discussions to see if they could host a satellite ceremony for this year's Academy Awards at London's BFI Southbank

Oscars: Producers were said to be having late-night discussions to see if they could host a satellite ceremony for this year’s Academy Awards at London’s BFI Southbank

Anthony, who has been living in Wales during the pandemic, admitted he wasn’t even aware he’d won the prize for Leading Actor, and was only alerted to the news by his family who were watching the ceremony unfold.

He said: ‘This is wonderful, never in my life did I expect I’d get this. I got to a point in my life, this particular film which is a powerful film I know.

‘So for me this is a bonus, it’s a fun bonus, and I wish all the other nominees and winners congratulations I’m just so astounded I was sitting here painting in fact in my hotel, and I heard this cheer go off next door, I thought they were watching a football match next door.’

British hopes: Sacha Baron Cohen and Carey Mulligan lead the British hopes at this year's Academy Award(above in Borat Subsequent Moviefilm)

Second nod: Carey is nominated in the Best Actress category for Promising Young Woman

British hopes: Sacha Baron Cohen and Carey Mulligan lead the British hopes at this year’s Academy Awards

Going for it: Daniel Kaluuya will be hoping to replicate his awards season success as he is nominated in the Best Supporting Actor category for Judas and the Black Messiah (pictured)

Going for it: Daniel Kaluuya will be hoping to replicate his awards season success as he is nominated in the Best Supporting Actor category for Judas and the Black Messiah (pictured)

During Sunday night’s event, Sir Anthony will go up against, Riz Ahmed (Sound of Metal),  Chadwick Boseman (Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom), Gary Oldman (Mank) and Steven Yeun (Minari).

Oldman previously won the Oscar in 2018 for Darkest Hour.

The Academy previously said this year’s Oscars will be broadcast live and ‘in-person’ from multiple locations, after it was postponed two months by the pandemic. 

Sacha Baron Cohen, Daniel Kaluuya, Carey Mulligan and Vanessa Kirby lead the British nods for the 93rd Academy Award nominations.

Sacha, 49, is recognised in the Best Supporting Actor category for Borat Subsequent Moviefilm while Daniel, 32, will compete against him with his role in Judas and the Black Messiah.  

The Best Actress category sees Brit actresses Vanessa Kirby, 32, and Carey Mulligan, 35, nominated for Pieces Of A Woman and Promising Young Woman.

Carey is fresh off the success of the Critics’ Choice Awards – where she picked up the Best Actress gong while Vanessa has also enjoyed multiple nominations across awards season.

Emerald Fennell is nominated for Best Director for Promising Young Woman, making Oscars history with Chloé Zhao for Nomadland – the first time ever two women have been nominated in the category.

First nod: Vanessa Kirby (left) is nominated in the Best Actress category for Pieces of a Woman

Regal: Olivia Colman has been nominated in the Best Supporting Actress category for The Father

The Crown stars: Vanessa Kirby (left) is nominated in the Best Actress category for Pieces of a Woman while Olivia Colman (right) is hoping for her second Oscar win and first Supporting actress win for The Father 

In the Supporting Actress category, previous winner Olivia Colman is recognised for her role in The Father, alongside Maria Bakalova for Borat Subsequent Moviefilm, Glenn Close for Hillbilly Elegy, Amanda Seyfried for Mank and Youn Yuh-jung for Minari.

It was recently reported that a ‘satellite ceremony’ will be held at the BFI on London’s Southbank. 

A satellite ceremony will also take place in Paris, where seven nominees will attend a local studio from Canal Plus. Due to stricter Covid restrictions, the publications reports nominees will not be allowed to bring a plus one.

History makers: Emerald Fennell is one of two female directors nominated in the Best Director category for Promising Young Woman

History makers: Emerald Fennell is one of two female directors nominated in the Best Director category for Promising Young Woman

The film academy has confirmed that the show will be held at both its usual home in the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles and the city’s railway hub, Union Station.

The 93rd Academy Awards will be ‘an Oscars like none other, while prioritizing the public health and safety of all those who will participate,’ a spokesperson said.

Last month, producer Steven Soderbergh said the Academy is keeping plans for the Oscars under wraps, due to the ever-changing restrictions the pandemic brings. He said: ‘We’re so sorry for the frustration that our silence has caused. It’s not because we don’t care. It’s not because we aren’t listening or that we’ve been caught off guard by the complexities of the show.

‘Every day since the nominations came out, we’ve had an internal debate whether to release information about what we’re doing even though that information is often etched in Jell-O.’

93rd Academy Awards: Who are the 2021 Oscar nominees?

Best Picture

The Father

Judas and the Black Messiah

Mank

Minari

Nomadland

Promising Young Woman

Sound of Metal

The Trial of the Chicago 7

Best Picture: The Trial of the Chicago 7 is one of the eight films nominated

Best Picture: The Trial of the Chicago 7 is one of the eight films nominated

 

Best Actress in a Leading Role

Viola Davis – Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom

Andra Day – The United States vs Billie Holiday

Vanessa Kirby – Pieces of a Woman

Frances McDormand – Nomadland

Carey Mulligan – Promising Young Woman

 

Best Actress in a Supporting Role

Maria Bakalova – Borat Subsequent Moviefilm

Glenn Close – Hillbilly Elegy

Olivia Colman – The Father

Amanda Seyfried – Mank

Youn Yuh-jung – Minari  

Best Actress in a Supporting Role: Olivia Colman is up for her role in The Father

Best Actress in a Supporting Role: Olivia Colman is up for her role in The Father

Best Music (Original Score)

Da 5 Bloods

Mank

Minari

News of the World

Soul

 

Best Animated Short Film

Burrow

Genius Loci

If Anything Happens I Love You

Opera

Yes-People

 

Best Live Action Short Film

Feeling Through

The Letter Room

The Present

Two Distant Strangers

White Eye

 

Best International Feature Film

Another Round

Better Days

Collective

The Man Who Sold His Skin

Quo Vadis, Aida?

Best Sound: Greyhound - a war film starring Tom Hanks - is up for the gong

Best Sound: Greyhound – a war film starring Tom Hanks – is up for the gong 

Best Sound

Greyhound

Mank

News of the World

Soul

Sound of Metal  

 

Best Cinematography

Judas and the Black Messiah

Mank

News of the World

Nomadland

The Trial of the Chicago 7  

 

Best Music (Original Song)

Fight for You – Judas and the Black Messiah

Hear My Voice – The Trial of the Chicago 7

Husavik – Eurovision Song Contest

Io Si (Seen) – The Life Ahead

Speak Now – One Night in Miami…

Best Makeup and Hairstyling: Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom is vying for the award

Best Makeup and Hairstyling: Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom is vying for the award

 Best Director  

Thomas Vinterberg – Another Round

David Fincher – Mank

Lee Isaac Chung – Minari

Chloé Zhao – Nomadland

Emerald Fennell – Promising Young Woman

 

Best Actor in a Leading Role

Riz Ahmed – Sound of Metal

Chadwick Boseman – Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom

Anthony Hopkins – The Father

Gary Oldman – Mank

Steven Yeun – Minari 

 

Best Actor in a Supporting Role

Sacha Baron Cohen – The Trial of the Chicago 7

Daniel Kaluuya – Judas and the Black Messiah

Leslie Odom, Jr. – One Night in Miami…

Paul Raci – Sound of Metal

Lakeith Stanfield – Judas and the Black Messiah

 

Best Animated Feature Film

Onward

Over the Moon

A Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon

Soul

Wolfwalkers

Best Animated Feature Film:  A Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon is nominated

Best Animated Feature Film:  A Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon is nominated

Best Costume Design

Emma

Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom

Mank

Mulan

Pinnochio

 

Best Writing (Adapted Screenplay)

Borat Subsequent Moviefilm

The Father

Nomadland

One Night in Miami…

The White Tiger

 

Best Writing (Original Screenplay)

Judas and the Black Messiah

Minari

Promising Young Woman

Sound of Metal

The Trial of the Chicago 7

 

Best Documentary Feature

Collective

Crip Camp

The Mole Agent

My Octopus Teacher

Time

Best Writing (Original Screenplay): Judas and the Black Messiah is up for the gong

Best Writing (Original Screenplay): Judas and the Black Messiah is up for the gong

Best Documentary Short Subject

Colette

A Concerto Is a Conversation

Do Not Split

Hunger Ward

A Love Song for Latasha

 

Best Film Editing

The Father

Nomadland

Promising Young Woman

Sound of Metal

The Trial of the Chicago 7

 

Best Production Design

The Father

Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom

Mank

News of the World

Tenet

 

Best Visual Effects

Love and Monsters

The Midnight Sky

Mulan

The One and Only Ivan

Tenet

 

Best Makeup and Hairstyling

Emma

Hillbilly Elegy

Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom

Mank

Pinocchio

 

 



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