Kirk Douglas was welcomed with a standing ovation when he was accompanied on stage by daughter-in-law, Catherine Zeta-Jones, at the Golden Globes Sunday.
The 101-year-old actor and his son Michael Douglas’ wife joined together to present the award for best screenplay for a motion picture.
Zeta-Jones began her presentation by honoring Douglas, who she called a “living Hollywood legend,” for being recognized by the Writers Guild of America in 1991 for his role in ending the Hollywood blacklist by hiring accused Communist sympathizer screenwriter Dalton Trumbo to write the epic, Spartacus, and made sure he received proper credit for his work.
‘In 1991 my father in law, this living Hollywood legend Kirk, was recognised by the Writer’s Guild Of America for his role in ending the Hollywood Blacklist,’ she said.
The blacklist saw entertainment professionals denied work because they were accused of having Communist ties.
She reminded the audience how Kirk hired the screenwriter Dalton Trumbo to write the Hollywood epic Spartacus, and insisted his name appear as writer.
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Kirk responded to Catherine’s words, although in parts his speech was inaudible.
‘Catherine,’ he said. ‘You said it all. I would have made a speech but I don’t want to say it.’ He paused, and told Catherine with a smile: ‘I could never follow you.’
Replied the actress, holding his hand: ‘Why don’t we say that here are the nominations?