Anthony Hopkins: the second Oscar of a regular and praised actor

  • Almost three decades after winning his first best actor statuette in 1992 for his chilling portrayal of a serial killer in ‘The silence of the lambs’, by Jonathan Demme, wins the award again for playing an old man sinking into dementia in ‘The Father’

Anthony Hopkins, born in 1937 in the Welsh city of Port Talbot, won the Oscar in 1992, in his first nomination, for ‘The Silence of the Lambs’. He competed on two other occasions – ‘What remains of the day’ and ‘Nixon’ – and on two other occasions in the category of supporting actor – ‘Friendship’ and ‘The two popes’. Three decades later he has once again won the golden statuette for his work in ‘The father’, very different from his role as the sadistic and refined serial killer Hannibal Lecter, although also anointed with that internalization of the most feverish characters that Hopkins does like no one else: in ‘The father’ he plays an older man suffering from Alzheimer’s.

It was not easy initially. Years and years of breaking stone with secondary roles in titles such as’ The Lion in Winter ‘, a’ Hamlet ‘by Tony Richardson, John le Carrè’s adaptation of’ The Mirror of Spies’, ‘Young Winston’, ‘The Enigma it’s called Juggernaut ‘and a lot of television and theater (endorsed by Laurence Olivier). A certain prestige achieved, but without leaving British territory. One of his first American films, ‘The Two Lives of Audrey Rose’ (1977), would make him come into contact with the lurid thriller that would later make such a good profit by embodying Lecter in three films.

Since then, Hopkins would become one of the most regular actors in Anglo-Saxon cinema. In his filmography there are many relevant papers, or less interesting on paper, to which he offers a dramatic dimension of considerable weight whether he is a hero or a villain. We could cite the maddened ventriloquist from ‘Magic-The Diabolical Doll’, the humanist doctor in charge of being sick with elephantiasis from ‘The Elephant Man’, the despot captain of La Bounty in ‘Mutiny on board’, to Professor Van Helsing from ‘Dracula’ ‘by Francis Ford Coppola, the novelist CS Lewis – author of’ The Chronicles of Narnia ‘- of’ Twilight Land ‘, the model butler of’ The Remains of the Day ‘, President Nixon of the homonymous film or the manipulative professor of ‘The human stain’, according to the work of Philip Roth.

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His way of interpreting has adapted both to the compulsive Oliver Stone, who directed him in ‘Nixon’ and ‘Alexander the Great’, and to the comedian-manners Woody Allen in ‘You will meet the man of your dreams’, where he undertook one of his most ironic. He has participated in the three Marvel blockbusters focused on the mythological character of Thor, doing neither more nor less than Odin, and in ambitious television series such as ‘Westworld’, in the role of the owner of the futuristic theme park. His pulse has not trembled when they have thought of him to give life to outstanding real characters: the aforementioned Richard Nixon, the father Benedict XVI in ‘The Two Popes’ or the filmmaker Alfred Hitchcock in ‘Hitchcock’, recreation of the filming of ‘Psychosis’.

The Golden Globes have eluded him: eight nominations and no award beyond the special for his entire career awarded in 2006. But he already has two Oscars.

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Anthony Hopkins: the second Oscar of a regular and praised actor