Remembering Michael J Fox’s cameo at the Oscars

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Author: Joe McAweaneyPublished: 20 February 2019

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As we approach the 91st Oscars ceremony on Sunday 24 February, we look back at Michael J Fox’s inspiring cameo at the prestigious film awards in 2017


An estimated 32.9 million viewers tuned in to watch the 89th Academy Awards Oscars in 2017, where US actors Michael J Fox and Seth Rogen took to the stage to present the award for ‘Best Editing’.

A video of Rogen confessing his love for ‘Back to the Future’ – the much-loved movie franchise in which Fox played Marty McFly – was shown on screen before both actors emerged from the famous ‘DeLorean’ time machine, with Rogen stepping out in the futuristic Nike Mag sneakers from the film.

That year, Nike had raised US $6.75 million for The Michael J Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s research after auctioning 89 pairs of the self-lacing ‘Mag’.

Fox fans, along with members of the Parkinson’s community, took to social media to express their admiration for the actor, who was diagnosed with Parkinson’s in 1991.

Parkinson’s blogger Allison Smith felt proud watching Fox on stage amid his Parkinson’s.

Fox fan Jay Gavigan called his idol the “coolest dude in the room”.

Areva Martin described her awe at seeing Fox take to the stage, and how she grew up with him as an inspiration.

Watch Fox on stage below.

Lead image credit: Aaron Poole/©A.M.P.A.S.


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