The Hollywood Academy held this Saturday night the 13th edition of the Governors Awards, in which it has turned out to be an emotional gala where such influential names in the film industry as actor Michael J. Fox or filmmaker Peter Weir.
The event was marked by emotion, with logical tears mixed with applause from the audience, made up mainly of professionals from all sectors involved in cinema and journalists.
Logically, the great ovation of the night was dedicated to Canadian actor Michael J. Fox, who won the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award in the category. Woody Harrelson was in charge of presenting the actor who played Marty McFly in the trilogy Return to the future (1985). “All your work brings great humanity, you have shown how to fight without losing faith in art. You have never wanted them to feel sorry for you. Never a victim; always an inspiration. In addition to being talented, you are a great person.” Harrelson said.
As Fox rose to his feet, everyone present did the same as a show of respect and affection for an actor who has been battling Parkinson’s disease for the past 32 years.
Here we can see when Woody Harrelson introduces Michael J. Fox and the winner’s full speech:
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The beloved actor thanked the members of the Hollywood Academy who voted for him to win this well-deserved award, as well as the people who work at his foundation dedicated to Parkinson’s research.
“The song ‘No Surrender’ (by Bruce Springsteen) has always been my personal anthem, so it’s been easy; it’s not that bad,” Fox said when accepting this honorary award. He added: “It’s a totally unexpected honor and I’m truly grateful. I’ve been amazed that everything I’ve been given – success, my life with Tracy, my family – has prepared me for this profound opportunity and responsibility. It’s been a gift”.
Without a doubt, the most exciting moment was when he mentioned his illness, which made everyone present emotional, including big names in the film industry such as Tom Hanks, Cate Blanchett, Jamie Lee Curtis, Jessica Chastain, Ana de Weapons, Kevin Feige, Colin Farrell or Brendan Fraser.
“Let’s not fool ourselves, it’s a bitch that they diagnosed me at 29 years old. Don’t applaud, this is how it is, they are things that happen and it is synonymous with being alive,” he explained, ending up happily stating that “whatever they say, no one can deny ” who in the 80s was “a very famous actor”.