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Anthony Hopkins' Acting Credentials: Awards and Highlights of Storied Career

By    |   Tuesday, 07 Apr 2015 09:14 PM

Early in his career Anthony Hopkins gained the attention of the renowned Sir Laurence Olivier who took an interest in Hopkins's talent, helping the young actor get started, according to Biography.com.

Since then Anthony Hopkins has become a star in film and onstage, winning a variety of awards and building a strong reputation.

His first film on the big screen, "The Lion in Winter" (1968), gave Hopkins his "big break," casting him with Peter O'Toole and Katherine Hepburn. The film won an Oscar for Best Picture, and although Hopkins did not win an award, his career began to take off.

In 1976, Anthony Hopkins landed an Emmy for Lead Actor for his performance in "The Lindbergh Kidnapping Case."

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Anthony Hopkins earned a variety of other awards and nominations during the 1980s, but his career soared to the next level with his winning role as Dr. Hannibal Lecter in "The Silence of the Lambs" in 1991. He won the coveted Oscar for Best Actor as well as "a distinguished place in the popular consciousness as perhaps the number one on-screen villain of all time," asserts Biography.com. Hopkins became a superstar.

In the wake of this success, Anthony Hopkins received the honor of knighthood for his “services to the arts" from Queen Elizabeth II in 1993. Although, when he became a U.S. citizen in 2000, he was required by oath to renounce his title, according to The Guardian.

The 1990s saw a string of successes for the star including Oscar nominations for "Dracula," "The Remains of the Day," "Nixon," and "Amistad." Hopkins received a BAFTA Award from the British Academy of Film and Television Arts for his performance as C.S. Lewis in "Shadowlands." During this time Anthony Hopkins received several other lesser awards and nominations as well.

Hopkins was granted a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2003.

In 2006 Anthony Hopkins won the prestigious Cecil B. DeMille Award for Lifetime Achievement at the Golden Globes. The Hollywood Foreign Press Association, which hands out the awards, explains that Hopkins won the honor in part because "his reserved character and personality belie his explosive energy on screen and his outstanding power of expression."

In 2008, the British Academy of Film and Television Arts bestowed their most prestigious Academy Fellowship Award upon Anthony Hopkins, further distinguishing his career.

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Early in his career Anthony Hopkins gained the attention of the renowned Sir Laurence Olivier who took an interest in Hopkins' talent, helping the young actor get started. Since then Anthony Hopkins has become a star in film and onstage, winning a variety of awards and building a strong reputation.
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