At 83, Sir Anthony has become the oldest recipient of the best actor Oscar for his performance as an elderly man slipping into dementia in the agonising drama The Father.

 Sir Anthony Hopkins hails Chadwick Boseman in Oscars speech from Wales. Courtesy: @anthonyhopkins

There was more Welsh success, with best lIve-action short film being awarded to the film Two Distant Strangers. Cardif-born actor Andrew Howard plays a police officer in the film, a movie about  the death of a black man at the hands of a white police officer, inspired by George Floyd's murder.

Howard told BBC Wales:  "As a white guy living in America for 20 years, I've never been stopped by the police, I've never been harassed whereas all my black friends, all of them bar none, have all been stopped for nothing.

"Our film breaks into the psyche of what it's like to be a black person living in America.I think that's what's really important about the film. I urge people in Wales to check it out."  Two Distant Strangers is released on Netflix.

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Road movie Nomadland won the top prize at the Oscars, with director Chloe Zhao making history. Zhao, who was born in China, is the first woman of colour to win the award for directing, and the second woman in history.

The prizes were largely handed out at Union Station in Los Angeles, where producers had said they wanted the broadcast to resemble a film. Attendees were not required to wear masks on camera but were asked to cover their faces when not on screen.Attendance was limited to 170 people, with audience members rotated in and out during the ceremony.

International nominees who did not travel to the US accepted their prizes from remote hubs, with many of the British nominees gathering at the BFI in London’s Southbank.

The ceremony finally took place after a two-month delay and a bruising year for the film industry, with cinemas around the world closed for months on end and productions disrupted.

Sir Anthony was not present in Los Angeles or London, and is believed to be holidaying in Wales.