Honorary Award in 1979
We’re not denying he deserved it, but dear God this is one for after you’ve had a few drinks. During a long, rambling oration, Olivier talks about “firmaments” and “euphoria”. He sort of gets away with it because he’s Sir Laurence, but it’s still pretty dreadful.
Afterward, a young Jon Voight looks like he’s just had his mind blown. Diane Keaton looks like she’s thinking about what’s for dinner...
"In the great wealth, the great firmament of your nations’ generosity," chunders Olivier, "this particular choice may perhaps be found by future generations as a trifle eccentric. But the mere fact of it, the prodigal, pure human kindness of it, must be seen as a beautiful star in that firmament.
Which shines upon me at this moment, dazzling me a little, but filling me with warmth and the extraordinary elation the euphoria that happens to so many of us as the first breath or the majestic glow of a new tomorrow.”
Watch it here.