Woody Harrelson hugs Michael J Fox as he presents him with an Academy Award

Woody Harrelson held Michael J Fox in a big hug as he presented him with an honorary Academy Award for his work on Parkinson’s disease.

The Back to the Future actor, 61, received the honor during the 13th Annual Governors Awards at the Fairmont Century Plaza in Los Angeles on Saturday.

Michael was diagnosed with the progressive disorder that affects the nervous system before his 30th birthday and has since raised more than $1 billion in research funding through the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research.

Over the weekend, her good friend and Doc Hollywood co-star Woody presented her with the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award, which recognizes stars “whose humanitarian efforts have brought credit to the industry.”

Honored: Woody Harrelson held Michael J Fox in a big hug as he presented him with an honorary Academy Award for his work on Parkinson's disease.

Honored: Woody Harrelson held Michael J Fox in a big hug as he presented him with an honorary Academy Award for his work on Parkinson’s disease.

Before Michael took the stage, Woody credited his big screen appearance to Michael, who recommended him for the role of Hank Gordon in the film.

Accepting his award, Michael said: “Once I was committed to learning about the disease, every interaction, every new piece of information I collected, every NIH researcher or official I spoke to, all confirmed, science was ahead of money. “.

‘The answers could be unlocked with the right investments. They told me that I only had 10 years left to work. That was bullshit. That was what happened. The hardest part of my diagnosis was dealing with the certainty of the diagnosis and the uncertainty of the situation!’

Michael, who has been married to Tracy Pollan since 1989 and has children Sam, 33, Aquinnah, Schuyler, both 27, and Esme, 21 with her, later explained that he accepted the honor because it served as ‘confirmation’. that he is doing the best he can, describing the award as a ‘force multiplier’.

Good friends: The Back to the Future actor, 61, received the honor during the 13th annual Governors Awards at the Fairmont Century Plaza in Los Angeles on Saturday.

He told Access Hollywood: “It’s good that it’s confirmed that you’re human and that you’re doing the best you can, and for that I’ll take it.”

But it is very exciting. It really is one of those things where if you believe in something, work towards something, and then have the power of the business look at you and your efforts for two minutes, it’s so powerful and so productive. It is a force multiplier. It’s really exciting.’

The star was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in 1991, at the age of 29. She did not make the news of her diagnosis public until later in 1998.

The disorder affects the central nervous system, with some common symptoms such as tremors, impaired movement and changes in speech, progressively worsening over time, according to the Mayo Clinic.

Diagnosis: Michael was diagnosed with the progressive disorder that affects the nervous system before his 30th birthday and has since raised more than $1 billion in research funding through the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research.

Although Michael has never been nominated for an Oscar and also retired from acting in 2020 due to his condition, his humanitarian work has not gone unnoticed by the film industry.

In 2000, the star launched the Michael J. Fox Foundation to help fund more research into treatments and possible cures for the disorder. Currently, the organization has raised about $1.5 billion.

Speaking before Michael’s arrival on stage, Woody said: “To his cause, Michael J Fox has brought understanding, empathy and resolve, and with it inspiration for millions of people to stand up a little longer and speak up a little louder.” .

“I owe you, Mike!” Over the weekend, his good friend and Doc Hollywood co-star Woody presented him with the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award, which credits stars “whose humanitarian efforts have brought credit to the industry.”

And hold on a little more to something that humanity needs much more, hope.

“I was at a party in Hollywood, I don’t remember the details, but it was in the mid-’80s, naturally, I was in the kitchen where all good parties end.

‘I went outside to get some air and suddenly I came back and it seemed like everyone there just evaporated. But they were all in the living room watching a TV show.

‘So I stopped and watched, there was a high school boy and he was electric. What he could do with a glance or a pause, he was seeing a phenomenon in the making.

“I consider myself quite funny, and very funny when I’m high. But this guy was a master class in comedy. That was my first introduction to Michael J Fox.

Success: Michael was the ‘biggest star in the world’ after playing Marty McFly in Back to the Future in 1985 (pictured)

“A year or two later he did Back to the Future, he was the biggest star in the world, and we were having a Cheers Christmas party and he came over and he was incredibly nice, he loved the show and my character, he has this incredible ability to change the turn around and make others feel great.

“I’ve seen him do this so many times over so many years, Mike is a really cool guy, what can I say, he’s Canadian. We had a nice chat and he got on stage and did his BTTF solo, all the cast members felt very lucky to witness this.

‘Apart from one lady not feeling Christmassy and promptly kicked him out, and that woman became my wife, sorry cheap joke!

Thank You: Before Michael took the stage, Woody credited his big screen appearance to Michael, who recommended him for the role of Hank Gordon in the film.

Doc! The duo became good friends and Michael recommended Woody for a role in Doc Hollywood, which became his move from Cheers to the big screen (pictured)

After the incident, Woody went to apologize and Michael suggested that they should hang out sometime.

The duo became good friends and Michael recommended Woody for a role in Doc Hollywood, which became his break from Cheers to the big screen.

He added at the end of his speech: “I owe you, Mike.”

Accepting his award, Michael said: “Once I was committed to learning about the disease, every interaction, every new piece of information I collected, every NIH researcher or official I spoke to, all confirmed, science was ahead of money. “.