Thursday 12 December 2019

I hope it's gold, quips Maureen O'Hara of her Oscar

Actress Reese Witherspoon, director Jean-Marc Vallee and actress Laura Dern
Actress Reese Witherspoon, director Jean-Marc Vallee and actress Laura Dern
Irish actress Maureen O'Hara during the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Governors Awards in Los Angeles.
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Actress Jennifer Aniston poses during the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Governors Awards in Los Angeles, California
Kirsty Blake Knox

Kirsty Blake Knox

Legendary actress Maureen O'Hara showcased her acting prowess when she picked up her Honorary Oscar at the Academy of Motion Pictures and Arts Governors Awards on Saturday night.

"What's this?" she exclaimed in faux disbelief as she was handed the statue. "I only hope it's silver or gold and not like a spoon out of the kitchen."

The 94-year-old from Ranelagh was honoured by the Academy for her outstanding contribution to the film industry.

During the course of her 75-year career, O'Hara starred in a number of iconic films including 'How Green Was My Valley', 'The Parent Trap' and 'Miracle on 34th Street'.

She was presented with her award by actors Clint Eastwood and Liam Neeson, who described O'Hara as "one of the most adventurous women who has ever lived".

In her acceptance speech O'Hara thanked 'The Duke' John Wayne, filmmaker Charles Laughton and "that old divil himself" John Ford who directed O'Hara in 'The Quiet Man'.

However, she was forced to plead for more time when her acceptance speech was cut short. She was allowed speak briefly before being cut off again. Eastwood wheeled the annoyed star off stage after she kicked off her left shoe. Some of the biggest names in Hollywood including Ron Howard, Sidney Poitier, Warren Beatty and Reese Witherspoon attended the ball.

Musician Harry Belafonte, Japanese director Hayao Miyazaki and French screenwriter Jean-Claude Carriere were also honoured.

In his speech, Hayao Miyazaki said his "greatest luck was that I met Maureen O'Hara today".

Irish Independent

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