Two Popes actors’ joy after both land Oscar nominations
Welsh actors Sir Anthony Hopkins and Jonathan Pryce have both received Oscar nominations for their performances in The Two Popes.
Pryce, 72, has been nominated for best leading actor for his portrayal of Pope Francis in the Netflix film, while Sir Anthony, 82, has received a nomination for best supporting actor for his role as Pope Benedict XVI.
While Sir Anthony previously won an Academy Award in 1992 for his performance in The Silence of the Lambs, Pryce’s nomination for best leading actor at the 92nd Academy Awards on 9th February marks his first Oscar nomination.
Pryce, from Flintshire, said the nomination made him “emotional” and added that Sir Anthony’s was “just as thrilling”.
“I’m incredibly proud of this film. It’s been brilliantly directed, it looks fantastic and millions are responding to it,” he told BBC Radio Wales’ Gareth Lewis programme.
Sir Anthony, from Margam, a suburb of Port Talbot, Glamorgan, took to social media to express his gratitude for the nomination.
‘Thank you to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. It is a great honour to be nominated,’ he tweeted.
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