Michael J Fox will be receiving an Honorary Oscars at the Governors Awards later this year in Los Angeles.
The actor, famously known for playing Marty Mcfly in the Back to the Future franchise, is being awarded the Oscar for his humanitarian work.
The news was announced by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences on Tuesday. Academy President David Rubin said Fox, along with a select few, will be given the award for their “indelible contributions to cinema and the world at large.”
This kind of award is “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,” as per the announcement.
After being diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease at the age of 29, back in 1991, Fox later set up a Foundation for Parkinson’s Research in 2000.
His foundation has raised over $1 billion for Parkinson’s research over the years, and subsequently, become one of the leading organizations in the battle against the degenerative disease.
“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 Rubin.
On top of his incredible contribution to charity, Fox has won an astounding 5 Emmys, 4 Golden Globes, 2 Screen Actors Guild awards, and a Grammy award, proving just how skilled he is as an actor.
As well as Back to the Future, Fox has also appeared in Teen Wolf, Mars Attacks!, The Secret of My Success, Casualties of War, Doc Hollywood, The American President, and Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey, just to name a few.
Fans have since shared their delight at the news…
One Facebook fan thanked Fox for his selfless achievements, writing: “Thank you for your courage and for all you do for others. You are a shining example of a true hero.”
Another echoed: “Congratulations Michael, well deserved. Thank you for all you do for Parkinson’s.”
“Who doesn’t like Michael J. Fox!!! Wonderful man, actor, and humanitarian,” a third commented.
He truly deserves the award!