I can’t walk and wear this thing, says Michael J. Fox receiving an honorary Oscar

Los Angeles, Four standing ovations in one night might seem a bit over the top, even by Hollywood standards. However, this happened on Saturday night at the Governors Awards when Michael J. Fox, Euzhan Palcy, Peter Weir and Diane Warren were honored with honorary Oscar statuettes.

After several years adjusted by the pandemic, the annual event hosted by the Governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is back in full swing at the Fairmont Century Plaza Hotel.

These awards are a celebration of the honorees and a chance for many of the filmmakers and actors hoping to win awards to mingle with potential voters before they all go on vacation with plenty of moviegoers to watch and consider.

Fox, who was awarded the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Oscar for his contributions to Parkinson’s disease research, went first and received a colorful introduction from his friend Woody Harrelson.

The 61-year-old star of Back to the Future and Family Ties was diagnosed with Parkinson’s in 1991 at age 29, and in 2000 he set up a foundation to fund further research into the disease. To date, it has raised more than $1.5 billion.

The actor delivered a sharp, funny and thoughtful speech to accept the award. He recounted how he dropped out of high school to give acting a chance and a teacher told him, “Fox, you’re not going to be cute forever.”

He added: “I didn’t know how to respond and said, ‘maybe long enough.'”

He’s had a particularly challenging year with injuries, including a broken cheek, hand, shoulder, arm and elbow, and the loss of his mother, who died in September, all of which he discussed in depth on a recent cover of People magazine. Tracy Pollan, Fox’s wife, was there to support him and he called her up on stage to close her speech.

“I can’t walk and carry this thing (the Oscar), so once again I ask Tracy to carry the weight,” Fox said.

Cher introduced Warren, the prolific songwriter and 13-time Oscar nominee. As he took the stage, he said the words he had been waiting to say for 34 years, ever since he earned his first award nomination: “I’d like to thank the Academy. Mom, I finally found a man, ”she said looking at the statuette.

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