Michael J. Fox (61) received a special honor on Saturday evening at the Fairmont Century Plaza in Los Angeles: he received the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award at the Governors Awards. The Honorary Oscar is given to individuals in the film industry "whose humanitarian efforts have brought recognition to the industry". After falling ill with Parkinson's disease, the actor founded the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research (MJFF).
"It's a totally unexpected honor and I'm really grateful," Fox said upon accepting the award. Speaking of his work raising money for Parkinson's research, he said, "I realized that everything I was given - success, my life with Tracy, my family - prepared me for this profound opportunity and responsibility . It was a gift." Fox and his wife Tracy Pollan (62), to whom he has been married since 1988, have four children. The family was present at the awards ceremony.
Songwriter Diane Warren (66), director Euzhan Palcy (64) and director Peter Weir (78) also received honorary awards that evening. Warren received her first Oscar after 13 Oscar nominations.