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Michael J. Fox Accepts Honorary Oscar

Updated: Dec 4, 2022

Following his diagnosis of Parkinson’s disease back in the early '90s, beloved Back to the Future star Michael J. Fox became an unwavering advocate for others living with the condition.

Michael J. Fox

The Michael J. Fox Foundation, founded in 2000, has become the leading provider of funds for Parkinson's research in the world - with over $1 billion already provided for research programs. A large chunk of that research goes into investigating potential cures for the disease.

His contributions to Parkinson's research were highlighted at the 13th Annual Governors Awards in Los Angeles as a recipient of the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award, which honors individuals "whose humanitarian efforts have brought credit to the industry.”

As the now-retired actor took to the stage to accept his honorary Oscar, he delivered a speech full of emotion, grace and a sense of humor that shoots straight to the heart. Including the lovely comment that "with gratitude, optimism is sustainable."

“The hardest part was grappling with the certainty of the diagnosis and the uncertainty of the situation," he said, but Fox called Parkinson’s the “gift that keeps on taking,” but deemed it a gift nonetheless.

The 61-year-old actor also took a moment during his speech to thank his wife of 34 years, Tracy Pollan, for her unwavering support. “Tracy made it clear she was with me for the duration," Fox said, according to USA Today.

After an outpouring of applause, Fox made the quip, “You’re making me shake, stop it.” In case anyone was wondering - his effortless charm is still completely intact.


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