Back to the Future star Michael J. Fox is being awarded an honorary Oscar.
The award, which is to be presented to Fox on June 15, 2022, will honor the 61-year-old actor for his tireless efforts to combat Parkinson’s disease, which he has battled since 1991.
“Michael J. Fox’s tireless advocacy of research on Parkinson’s disease alongside his boundless optimism exemplifies the impact of one person in changing the future for millions,” said Academy President David Rubin.
Fox is best known for the role of Marty McFly in the hit family sci-fi flick, Back to the Future. However, he’s also known for his portrayal of attorney Louis Canning in the hit CBS drama, The Good Wife.
Additionally, Fox made a memorable cameo appearance in Scrubs.
Of course, Fox is no stranger to awards, with five Emmys, four Golden Globes, one Grammy, two Screen Actors Guild awards, and a People’s Choice award already under his belt. Additionally, he won GQ’s Man of the Year award.
The honorary Oscar is awarded “to honor extraordinary distinction in lifetime achievement, exceptional contributions to the state of motion picture arts and sciences, or for outstanding service to the Academy.” And in Fox’s case, to honor his work in the fight against Parkinson’s disease.
Fox was diagnosed with Parkinson’s back in 1999 and went public with his diagnosis in 1998. He went on to set up the Michael J Fox Foundation – an organization dedicated to finding a cure for Parkinson’s.
The foundation itself drives progress in the field by funding promising research, accelerating the pipeline from scientific studies to pharmaceutical treatments.
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Alongside Michael J. Fox, Euzhan Palcy, Diana Warren, and Peter Weir will also be honored with honorary Oscars.
“Euzhan Palcy is a pioneering filmmaker whose groundbreaking significance in international cinema is cemented in film history. Diane Warren’s music and lyrics have magnified the emotional impact of countless motion pictures and inspired generations of musical artists. Peter Weir is a director of consummate skill and artist whose work reminds us of the power of film to reveal the full range of human experience.”
The awards will be presented at the Academy’s 13th Governors Awards on Saturday, November 19, 2022, in Los Angeles.
Ryan Leston is an entertainment journalist and film critic for IGN. You can follow him on Twitter.