He took the famous gong for this moving performance in The Father in which he plays an ageing man struggling with memory loss.
But the proud Welshman’s victory, which he repeatedly said in his short acceptance speech that he had not expected, is a reminder to us all of how age should not define what a person can achieve.
It was also an illustration of how to be gracious in victory.
Sir Anthony also showed his great class by using his speech to pay tribute to the late Chadwick Boseman, who died in August last year aged 43 following a private four-year battle with colon cancer and had been tipped to win the award posthumously for his performance as an ambitious trumpeter in Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom.
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