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Michael J Fox makes surprise appearance at Baftas

Michael j fox at the baftas

Michael J Fox made a surprise appearance at last night’s Baftas to present the best film award.

Even though the Back To The Future star arrived in a wheelchair he insisted on standing when handing the award to Christopher Nolan’s Oppenheimer.

Fox was diagnosed with Parkinsons disease in 1991, but did not go public with his illness until seven years later.

He received a standing ovation at last night’s ceremony held at London’s Royal Festival Hall with many viewers moved to tears watching the awards on the BBC.

Host David Tennant introduced the Canadian-American actor on stage calling him a “true legend of cinema.”

Revealing the nominees Fox said: "Five films were nominated in this category tonight and all five have something in common. They are the best of what we do."

He added: "There's a reason why they say movies are magic because movies can change your day.

"It can change your outlook. Sometimes it can change your life."

Viewers at home gave their support to Fox making a rare public appearance, something the actor has rarely done since his diagnosis.

One post on X, formally Twitter, called him an "Absolute hero.”

Another read: “Ah man, this world could do with less anger and hatred, and more Michael J Fox's.”

[ Davis Guggenheim's film, Still: A Michael J Fox Movie, was nominated for best documentary but lost out to 20 Days In Mariupol. ]

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