Michael J. Fox was presented with an honorary Oscar at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ 13th Annual Governors Awards on Saturday.
The “Back to the Future” actor was presented with the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award for his advocacy work around Parkinson’s disease. Fox famously in 2000 founded the non-profit Michael J. Fox Foundation, which focuses on finding a cure for the disease that Fox suffers from.
Fox was presented with the award by his good friend Woody Harrelson, before taking the stage himself to give an upbeat and upbeat speech.
Harrelson shared with a crowd of A-listers, “Michael J. Fox sets the ultimate example of how to fight and how to live. And today, he’s as beloved for his activism as he is for his acting.” is taken.”
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Reflecting on his decades-long relationship with Fox, Harrelson was quick to note that Parkinson’s disease had become a complicating element of Fox’s life — but not in the debilitating way one might think.
“Michael J. Fox never asked for the role: Parkinson’s patient or disease advocate. But make no mistake, this is his greatest performance yet,” said Harrelson.
“Michael brought the world to a place where we all felt invested in finding a cure for a cruel disease. The vulnerable: yes. A victim: never. An inspiration: always. And a living, breathing symbol and advancing progress.” A voice to help toward a cure,” Harrelson said.
Harrelson said that Fox’s foundation has already raised more than a billion dollars for the disease, adding that Fox’s “immense talent is only surpassed by the depth of her courage and commitment to a cause.”
Once he took the stage, the “Family Ties” actor was incredibly humble and grateful for the honor bestowed upon him, talking at length about the opportunities he’s been given and the name he’s made.
In the audience were his four children and wife Tracy Pollan, 34, whom Fox thanked. “Tracy made it clear that she was with me for the duration.”
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Before leaving the stage, Fox told the crowd, “I can’t walk and lift this thing,” referencing his statue. “But I ask Tracy to lift the weights once more.”
Pollan joined her husband on stage where they shared a kiss.
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Honorary Oscars were presented to several other members of Hollywood’s elite, including director Susan Palsey, lyricist Diane Warren, and director Peter Weir.