The duo triumphed for their on-screen version of Zeller’s play, The father, which premiered in French in 2012. Anthony hopkins plays the title role in the film version, portraying a man sliding into dementia. Zeller said to see Rain man first planted the idea of the potential of the story.
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The father to choke Nomadic country, Borat Post Moviefilm, One night in Miami and The White Tiger in the category.
Zeller beamed as his shoulder-length hair rippled in the breeze on the Paris rooftop. Hampton and Hopkins co-star Olivia Colman was screened in the screening room of the British Film Institute in London, the official center of Oscar night. Hampton smiled and stood proudly, but did not deliver a speech. (History has shown that maybe this wasn’t a bad thing – the follow-up speakers taking the mic to Dolby were often muted or played, creating the very awkward moments the Oscar producers desperately wanted to avoid. )
Initially, show producers Steven Soderbergh, Stacey Sher and Jesse Collins banned remote speeches, saying all nominees should appear on the main LA site. Given the number of hopes spread around the world and limited by coronavirus travel protocols, the idea has met with considerable setback. A compromise was worked out to create centralized hubs, a solution to help at night avoid the feeling of Zoom fatigue from the February Golden Globe Awards.
The father, As Nomadic country, was not eligible for a Writers Guild Award due to the very specific criteria of the guild. But the film, powered by Hopkins, had gained momentum in the Oscar race.
After his debut on stage in France, The father would be translated into English and produced on Broadway with Frank Langella as Hopkins onscreen. Langella won a Tony Award for performance in 2016.
Zeller dedicated the victory to Hopkins. “To me, he’s the greatest – the greatest actor alive,” he said. “Just the idea of working with him was like a dream. I knew it was not an easy dream to come true.
The co-writer, who also directed The father, said Hopkins was his No.1 pick as soon as the film project took shape. Initially, the idea of landing the Oscar winner and the famous Royal Shakespeare Company alum was daunting.
“Sometimes we are the ones who close the door to what is possible and what is not,” Zeller said. “With ‘The Father’, I really didn’t want to close that door and follow my inspiration and my desire and my dream. So thank you, Anthony, for saying yes to this script.
Check out the behind-the-scenes appearance of Zeller and Hampton below.
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