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The Father star makes history at age 83.

By Joey Nolfi
March 15, 2021 at 10:16 AM EDT
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On a huge morning of Oscar nomination firsts, Anthony Hopkins has notched another landmark statistic for actors.

The 83-year-old Father performer is now the oldest Best Actor nominee in history, besting The Straight Story star Richard Farnsworth's previously held record of scoring a nod at age 79 in 2000. It is his sixth overall nod, coming nearly 30 years after he won the Academy Award for The Silence of the Lambs at the 1992 ceremony.

Legendary actor Henry Fonda remains the category's oldest winner, as he took the statuette for his work in On Golden Pond in 1982 at age 76. Overall, the late Christopher Plummer is both the oldest nominee and winner in acting history (he won Supporting Actor for Beginners at age 82 and received a nod for All the Money in the World at age 88).

Elsewhere among Monday's Oscar nominations, more historic nods made headway for representation in the film industry, as Viola Davis (Ma Rainey's Black Bottom) became the most-nominated Black actress in history, Nomadland's Chloé Zhao became the first woman of color nominated for Best Director (a category that, thanks to Zhao and Promising Young Woman's Emerald Fennell, contains two women in the same year for the first time), and Steven Yeun (Minari) became the first Asian-American to receive a Best Actor nomination (alongside Sound of Metal's Riz Ahmed, who's the category's first Muslim contender).

Hopkins' The Father family also reaped praise from the Academy, as the Florian Zeller-directed film — about an aging man grappling with distorted reality amid a dementia diagnosis — was nominated for six Oscars, including Best Picture and Best Supporting Actress (Olivia Colman).

The actor previously told EW that, despite the difficulty of the material, he made "sure it's going to be easy," and that he didn't "storm around and despair and all that.... It's not my cup of tea to be intense and forbidding on set."

Academy Award winners will be announced at ABC's Oscars telecast on Sunday, April 25 at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT.

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