Standing ovation for Michael J. Fox, honored with an honorary Oscar

The fight of the actor against Parkinson was thus celebrated by the Academy. French director Euzhan Palcy was also honored during the evening.

The legend of Back to the future now has his Oscar. Michael J. Fox was honored Saturday night in Los Angeles by the Academy on the occasion of the Governors Awards.

“You make me tremble”, the 61-year-old actor smiled as he received his statuette as the audience of Hollywood stars stood to a moving standing ovation. “This is so cool”rejoiced Michael J. Fox before recounting his illness and how he took the news, at the age of 29, in 1991: “The hardest part was struggling with the certainty of the diagnosis and the uncertainty of the situation…”

In 2000, he launched the Foundation Michael J. Fox for research into Parkinson’s disease, and is the focus of a documentary, currently in production, directed by Davis Guggenheim.

This is Woody Harrelsonhis friend since the 1980s, who presented this honorary Oscar to Michael J. Fox : “This guy was a master of comedy! He turned a chilling diagnosis into a brave mission. Michael J. Fox never asked for the role of Parkinson’s advocate, but this is his best performance ever.”

Next to Michael J. Foxthree other film personalities were rewarded: the American composer Diane Warren, the Australian director Peter Weir and especially the French Euzhan Palcy. The Martinican filmmaker succeeds Agnès Varda, who received an honorary Oscar in 2017 for her entire career.

Euzhan Palcy was the first female director and first black artist to receive a César in 1984 for her first film Rue Cases-Nègres, adaptation of the homonymous novel by Joseph Zobel. A feature film which had met with great success internationally, to the point thatEuzhan Palcy went to the United States in 1989 to make A white and dry seasona film about Apartheid in South Africa.

At Hollywood, Euzhan Palcy has become the “first black female director to be produced by a Hollywood major and also the first woman to direct Marlon Brando…” emphasizes the Academy.

It was the actress Viola Davis who presented her statuette to the Frenchwoman: “You didn’t defend your skin color, you didn’t defend your femininity. You used that as fuel to fight…”

Check out his speech below:

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