Hollywood veteran and icon Kirk Douglas stole the show early on in the 2011 Academy Awards broadcast. Aided by a walking cane, Douglas took the stage at the Kodak Theatre to present the award for Best Supporting Actress.
By the time he handed the Oscar to Melissa Leo, Douglas had flirted with Oscars host Anne Hathaway and managed to have the room in stitches by poking fun at Hugh Jackman and Colin Firth.
“Thank you very much,” he told the applauding audience. “And I want to thank James [Franco]. Thank you. You look much better out of the cave. And I want to thank Miss Hathaway. I thank you. She’s gorgeous! Wow! Where were you when I was making pictures? Jeez!”
His comments about the Hollywood star caused the audience to break out into laughter and Hathaway to send air kisses to Douglas in gratitude. He continued, ” I have something to confess. I love women and I really love beautiful women, and now I’m gonna give you five of them — the nominees for Best Supporting Actress.”
After the names of the nominees were announced — Leo for “The Fighter,” her co-star Amy Adams, Helena Bonham Carter for “The Kings’ Speech,” “True Grit” star Hailee Steinfeld and “Animal Kingdom” actress Jacki Weaver — the camera cut back to Douglas onstage, ready to announce the winner, or so the audience thought.
“Hello … now is the moment, the moment that we are all waiting for,” he teased. “Hugh Jackman is laughing. I don’t know why everybody in Australia thinks I’m funny. Colin Firth is not laughing. He’s British. Now we come to the most important part. This is the moment, if I can get it. You know you’re still laughing. Colin Firth is laughing. You know I will never forget this moment … now we have a winner.”
Douglas finally got around to announcing the winner. When Leo arrived onstage to collect her award, she bowed down on one knee before the movie icon.
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