Anthony Hopkins was just as surprised as everyone else when he won the Best Actor Oscar Sunday night.
The star, who wasn’t at the ceremony, posted a video message Monday morning. He said, “Here I am in my homeland in Wales. At 83 years of age, I did not expect to get this award, I really didn’t. I’m very grateful to the Academy.”
He brought up the late Chadwick Boseman, who was expected to win the award. “I want to pay tribute to Chadwick Boseman, who was taken from us far too early. I really did not expect this, so I feel very privileged and honored.”
In the caption, Hopkins also thanked The Father director Florian Zeller, his wife and family.
In a change to the schedule, the best actor award was the final trophy given out, leading many to believe the show was setting up Boseman’s win as the finale. When that didn’t happen, many people online thought the Oscars had made another La La Land – Moonlight slipup.
While many folks thought Boseman was robbed, his family is not among them. Derrick Boseman tells TMZ that he doesn’t believe his brother’s lose was a “snub because every nominated actor was excellent and deserving of the award. He says the family isn’t upset or agitated whatsoever that Chadwick’s name wasn’t called at the end of the Oscars ceremony.”
Carrie Anne Inaba will be taking a leave of absence from The Talk to focus on her “health and well-being.”
In an Instagram video, the co-host said, “We all know health is the most precious gift we have. And I need to take care of mine. I appreciate the love and support from all of you and from my family at The Talk. I hope to be back soon! Ready for action! I’m sending you all my love. And I’ll update you on my progress… talk soon.”
The move comes only one day after The Sun reported that Carrie Ann is feuding with co-host Sheryl Underwood.
Inaba’s also comes on the heels of Sharon Osbourne‘s departure following her recent on-air confrontation with Underwood.
One of Michael Jackson‘s accusers in that controversial 2019 HBO documentary has lost his latest court challenge.
Variety says the suit by Wade Robson, one of the principal figures seen in Leaving Neverland, was dismissed Monday by a California judge.
It accused two production companies owned by Jackson of failing to protect boys from the entertainer’s sexual advances. But Judge Mark A. Young ruled that the companies had no ability to control Jackson because Jackson owned them outright.
Jonathan Steinsapir, representing Jackson’s companies, accused Robson of spending “the last eight years pursuing frivolous claims in different lawsuits against Michael Jackson’s estate and companies associated with it.”
Young also dismissed a similar suit last fall by James Safechuck, the other main Jackson accuser in Leaving Neverland.
Robson’s attorney said that he would appeal the ruling.