Woody Harrelson Embraces Michael J Fox As He Presents Him With Honorary Academy Award

    Woody Harrelson was seen embracing fellow actor Michael J Fox as he handed him an honorary Academy Award.

    During the 13th Annual Governors Awards in Los Angeles on Saturday, the 61-year-old Family Ties and Back to the Future star received an honorary award for his work on Parkinson’s disease.

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    Since he was diagnosed with the progressive disorder back in 1991, Michael managed to raise over $1 billion to aid research into the illness thanks to his Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research.

    Presenting the actor and philanthropist with the honorary award was his good friend Woody Harrelson who went in for a bear hug as he greeted Fox on the stage.

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    “Once I became engaged in learning about the disease, every interaction, every new piece of information I gathered, every researcher or NIH official I talked to, all confirmed, the science was ahead of the money,” Michael said in his acceptance speech.

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    “The answers could be unlocked with the right investments. I was told I only had 10 years left to work. That was s*****. That’s what happened. The hardest part of my diagnosis was grappling with the certainty of the diagnosis and the uncertainty of the situation.”

    Following the emotional ceremony, Michael also spoke to Access Hollywood and revealed his reason for gracefully accepting the prestigious award.

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    “It’s nice to have it confirmed that you’re human and you’re doing the best you can, and on those grounds, I’ll accept it,” he explained.

    “But it’s really exciting. It truly is one of those things where if you believe in something, you work towards something, and then have the power of the business turn its eye on you and your efforts for two minutes, it’s so powerful and it’s so productive. It’s a force multiplier. It’s really exciting.”

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