Tom Hanks Honors Kirk Douglas by Quoting One of His Classic Films at Oscars: 'I Am Spartacus'
Kirk Douglas died just days before the 2020 Oscars at the age of 103
Hanks, who was nominated this year for his supporting role in A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood, came out on stage during the Oscars ceremony to speak about the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ upcoming museum in Los Angeles. The 2020 Oscars come just days after Douglas’ death on Wednesday at the age of 103.
“We’re all very proud of what has been accomplished so far in the landmark that is taking shape at Fairfax and Wilshire … and it is a pleasure to announce that the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures will open its doors on December 14th of 2020,” the actor revealed on stage.
Hanks, 63, concluded his announcement with a reference to Douglas’ iconic titular role in 1960’s Spartacus: “It’ll be a very big deal, we’ll see you there, and I am Spartacus!”
“To the world, he was a legend, an actor from the golden age of movies who lived well into his golden years, a humanitarian whose commitment to justice and the causes he believed in set a standard for all of us to aspire to,” Michael said in a statement. “But to me and my brothers, Joel and Peter, he was simply Dad, to Catherine, a wonderful father-in-law, to his grandchildren and great grandchild their loving grandfather, and to his wife Anne, a wonderful husband.”
The Hollywood star, best known for his role in Spartacus and other classic films, had more than 92 acting credits throughout his storied career. After three Oscar nominations, Douglas was awarded an honorary Academy Award in 1996.
“Kirk’s life was well lived, and he leaves a legacy in film that will endure for generations to come, and a history as a renowned philanthropist who worked to aid the public and bring peace to the planet,” Michael added in his statement on Wednesday.
The 92nd Annual Academy Awards are airing live on ABC from the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood on Feb. 9.