Oscars Flashback '92: Hopkins' Hannibal Triumph


Silence of the Lambs made a rare sweep of the top Academy Awards categories in 1992, nabbing the Best Picture, Actor (Anthony Hopkins), Actress (Jodie Foster), Director (Jonathan Demme) and Adapted Screenplay (Ted Tally) statuettes. ET was with Hopkins every step of the way, and we're flashing back to his pre- and post-win interviews with ET!

Video: First ET Interview: Anthony Hopkins' Inner Turmoil

Nominated for his performance as the devious "Hannibal the Cannibal" Lecter in the 1991 movie, Hopkins explained that he went into the big show "kind of numb, neutral; a numb brain right through the ceremony -- I was prepared for some other actor to get it -- Nick Nolte, Warren Beatty, you know -- so when they called my name it was like in slow motion, I got up and don't know what I said."

Video: Hopkins as Hitchcock Revealed!

ET jogged Hopkins' memory that he thanked his mom during his thank you speech and he revealed that his father had died 11 years ago that night.  "The oddest things came into my mind," he said with a laugh. "I don't know, it all seems to have some kind of meaning. I don't know what the hell that means, but it's just great to be here."

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