Frances McDormand won the Oscar for best actress on Sunday for “Nomadland”, the third statuette he has won in his career after the ones he won for “Fargo” (1996) and by “Three Billboards Outside” (2017).
This accolade for McDormand places her among the biggest actresses at the Oscars. Only Meryl Streep e Ingrid Bergman they had won three Oscars so far while the absolute queen of acting, both female and male, is still Katharine Hepburn, with a poker of awards.
McDormand joined this very select club of stars thanks to his fabulous work on “Nomadland,” a lyrical look at all those left on the fringes of the capitalist system in America.
In addition, McDormand also took a second Oscar tonight: that of best film for “Nomadland” as producer of this film.
In his speech after accepting the award, McDormand made a strong defense of the magic of cinema. Please watch our movie on the biggest screen possible. he claimed.
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“One day very, very soon, take everyone you know to a cinema, shoulder to shoulder in that dark space. And see all the movies that are represented here today,” said the actress, who ended her speech imitating the howl of a wolf.
Anthony Hopkins, the oldest winner in history
For its part, Anthony Hopkins won best actor for “El padre”, with which he became the biggest winner in history of the awards at 83 years old. He already won the award for ‘The Silence of the Lambs’.
The Hollywood Academy presented this award at the end of the ceremony, an unusual decision since it is usually a moment reserved for the best film and this time it was preceded by great expectation to find out if Chadwick Boseman would win a posthumous Oscar.
Finally, Joaquín Phoenix announced the award for Hopkins, who did not appear on the broadcast.
In “El padre”, the actor of Welsh origin portrays the suffering of an elderly man who suffers from dementia and feels how his cognitive abilities begin to decline.
It was the sixth Oscar nomination for Hopkins, who had already won the statuette for his acclaimed Hannibal Lecter of “The silence of the lambs” (1991) and also appeared in last year’s edition in the supporting category for “The Two Popes.”
His vulnerable character, totally opposite to that of Hannibal Lecter, has returned the veteran interpreter to the front line of the awards season, since he has already won the BAFTA, which he thanked with a message in which he claimed to have had an “incredible experience” with tape.
For the film’s premiere, Hopkins explained in an interview with Efe that when he read the script he felt something similar to what happened to him with “The Silence of the Lambs.” He knew instantly that he wanted to do it.
“When you reach 83 years old, I don’t know if you’re smarter or stupider, but you certainly don’t waste time thinking too much about yourself,” he added when talking about his work with the British Olivia Colman.
“When it comes to acting, I just do it and that’s it, and with an actress on the side like Olivia, a wonderful director (Florian Zeller) and a good script like this, that’s the most important thing,” he said.
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