Oscar Winner Michael J. Fox for Fighting Parkinson’s Disease – World Today News

Back to the Future star Michael J. Fox was awarded an honorary Oscar for his work fighting Parkinson’s disease, a neurodegenerative disease that has plagued the Canadian actor for thirty years.

At the age of 61, he received a statuette for the humanitarian work of a film personality during a gala on Saturday night in Los Angeles, where all of Hollywood gathered.

You make me shiver, stop it! the actor joked when he received a standing ovation, before calling the award a “completely unexpected honour”.

Michael J. Fox achieved stardom in the Back to the Future trilogy, filmed between 1985 and 1990, in which he played the time-traveling teenager Marty McFly.

In 1991, when he was only 29 years old, he was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease and told that he had only ten years of activity ahead of him.

Approximately 10 million people worldwide suffer from this disease, which affects motor functions.

Woody Harrelson, who co-starred with him on Doctor Hollywood at the time of his diagnosis, told viewers on Saturday he “couldn’t believe it because Mike had such invincible, superhuman qualities.”

“He never indulged in self-pity, on the contrary, he turned a chilling diagnosis into a courageous commitment,” he added.

Fox, who rose to fame in the 1980s with the NBC sitcom Sacred Family (Family Ties), went public about his illness in 1998 when he released the popular television series Spin City.

A few years later, he partially retired, dedicating himself to his foundation to fund research to combat Parkinson’s disease and raising over a billion dollars.

“I haven’t done anything heroic,” he said on Saturday.

The star, who permanently stopped touring in 2020, has suffered multiple bone fractures and other injuries in recent months from falls, requiring shoulder surgery.

On Saturday, he took the stage, asking his wife and former Holy Family co-star Tracey Pollan to help him carry the statuette.

Honorary Oscars are awarded for the work of a lifetime, and since 2009 have been the subject of a separate award from the main ceremony with an overloaded program.

Actresses Angelina Jolie and Liz Taylor, as well as star presenter Oprah Winfrey, distinguished themselves among the main personalities.

The gold statuette was also awarded on Saturday to Diane Warren, songwriter of Aerosmith’s “I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing”. Nominated for an Oscar thirteen times, she has never received one before.

“I have quite a lot of speeches that are crumpled in my pockets,” she joked to loud applause.

Peter Weir, the Australian director of Witness, Dead Poets Circle and The Truman Show, rarely returned to Hollywood to receive his Oscar.

The Martinique-born French director Eugene Palcy received the statuette for a career that included one in 1989. A White and Dry Season based on André Brink’s apartheid novel in South Africa, with Marlon Brando in the cast.

“My stories are neither white nor black, they are universal, colorful,” she said.

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