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A mural of Boseman in south London. Photo: John Walton/PA Images via Getty Images

Anthony Hopkins accepted his Academy Award for Best Actor in a short video on Monday, saying from his native Wales that he "did not expect to get this award" and wants to "pay tribute to Chadwick Boseman, who was taken from us far too early."

Why it matters: At 83 years old, Hopkins is the oldest actor to win an Oscar — his second for Best Actor — for his performance as a man struggling with progressive dementia in "The Father."

  • Many viewers were shocked to see Hopkins win Best Actor over Boseman, who was posthumously nominated for his performance in "Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom." Boseman died last year at age 43 after a private years-long battle with colon cancer.
  • Hopkins was not present to accept his award at Sunday's Oscars, which ended abruptly with presenter Joaquin Phoenix accepting the honor on behalf of the Welshman.

What they're saying: “Here I am in my homeland in Wales,” Hopkins said in the video. "At 83 years of age, I did not expect to get this award, I really didn’t. I’m very grateful to the Academy."

  • "I want to pay tribute to Chadwick Boseman, who was taken from us far too early,” he continued. “I really did not expect this, so I feel very privileged and honored."

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Chloé Zhao becomes first woman of color to win Oscars Best Director

Chloé Zhao accepting the Best Director Oscar onstage during the 93rd Annual Academy Awards at Union Station in Los Angeles on Sunday. Photo: Todd Wawrychuk/A.M.P.A.S. via Getty Images

Chloé Zhao made history on Sunday when she was awarded the Best Director Oscar for "Nomadland" — making her the first female of color and first Asian woman to win the prestigious prize in the Academy Awards' 93-year history to win.

Why it matters: Zhao's victory is a win for Asian women in Hollywood, who are often overlooked for main character, producer and director roles. "Nomadland" went on to win the Best Picture Oscar.

Inside Biden's Taiwan flubs

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

Twice this year, President Biden has blurted out commitments that the U.S. is prepared to defend Taiwan against a Chinese invasion — forcing the White House to walk back his statements and leading to confusion over a high-stakes national security policy.

Why it matters: U.S. defense officials have publicly aired their concerns that China will take Taiwan by force in the next four to six years, perhaps sooner. The president's position on this question may soon have real-world, life and death consequences.

"Atmospheric river" to whiplash Northern California from drought to flood

A map depicting 24-hour preciptation forecast (inches) ending Monday at 5a.m. local time. Photo: NOAA

A series of powerful "atmospheric river" storms are set dump historic amounts of rainfall across parts of drought-stricken California and the Pacific Northwest from this weekend, forecasters warn.

Why it matters: A strong atmospheric river, packing large amounts of moisture, is predicted to whiplash Northern California from drought to flood.