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“I want to pay tribute to Chadwick Boseman who was taken from us far too early, and again, thank you all very much,” Hopkins said. “I really did not expect this, so I feel very privileged and honored.”

Hopkins’ shoutout served as a bit of closure to the anti-climactic conclusion of the ceremony. The Best Actor award was saved for last to set up an expected Boseman victory. But instead, the show concluded with the 83-year-old Hopkins winning and presenter Joaquin Phoenix accepting the award on his behalf. Not exactly a Hollywood ending.

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