The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences is ready to honour Canadian-American actor, Michael J. Fox will for his contributions to film and his efforts to help cure Parkinson’s disease.
The Academy announced on Wednesday that Fox is set to receive an honorary Oscar at this year’s Governors Awards, along with songwriter Diane Warren, and directors Euzhan Palcy and Peter Weir.
For their “indelible contributions to cinema and the world at large”, the Academy’s board of governors decided to selected them to be honoured.
Part of Fox’s journey to be a recipient of the Academy’s Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award, started in 2000, when founded the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research after he was diagnosed with the disease in 1991.
Academy President, David Rubin in a statement said, “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.”
On his other feats, Fox who is also known for his work as Marty McFly in the “Back to the Future” franchise, rose to fame as Alex P. Keaton on “Family Ties” and numerous other TV series.
Fox has never been nominated for an Oscar, but has won five Emmy Awards: four Golden Globes, a Grammy and two Screen Actors Guild Awards.
The awards will be presented at the Academy’s Governors Awards in Los Angeles on November 19.