Michael J. Fox praised; Cher presents Diane Warren with her first Oscar

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Directors Peter Weir and Ozan Balsi were also presented with honorary Oscars at the awards ceremony presented by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

Awards contenders including Jennifer Lawrence, Florence Pugh, Angela Bassett, Eddie Redmayne, Michelle Williams, Cate Blanchett, Brendan Fraser, Tom Hanks, Glen Powell and Janelle Monáe attended the black tie gala seen as the official start of Hollywood movie awards season.

Fox, 61, who was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease at age 29 in 1991, used Bruce Springsteen’s song “No Surrender” to describe his battle to find a cure for the degenerative disorder of the brain.

“This is kind of my own personal anthem,” Fox said, citing the song’s lyrics from the stand: “No retreat, no surrender.”

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Presenting the award, Woody Harrelson, a longtime friend, said Fox had “turned a horrific diagnosis into a courageous mission” by founding the Michael J. Fox Foundation to search for a cure. The foundation has raised more than $1 billion for research.

“He was never asked for the role of a Parkinson’s advocate, but it’s his best performance,” said Harrelson. “Michael J. Fox is the ultimate example of how to fight and how to live.”

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