Friday, January 02, 2009

Charlie Chaplin's Oscar Night

In 1972, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences gave Charlie Chaplin an honorary award to recognize his lifetime of achievements as actor, writer, producer, composer, and director. At that point, he had been living in exile in Switzerland for 20 years to escape the persecution (though not prosecution) of FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover over Chaplin's political views.

On that year's telecast, Chaplin received the longest standing ovation in Oscars history, clocked at over five minutes. Much of that has been edited from this clip, although you'll see how overwhelmed Chaplin was at Hollywood's reaction to seeing and re-embracing him. Mark Evanier tells me that the man doing the introduction is Daniel Taradash, who was then the President of the Academy...