This year’s Oscars went straight to Hollywood’s biggest living legends to present the Academy Award for Best Actor — and the moment was amazing! Jane Fonda, 80, and Helen Mirren, 72, took to the 2018 Oscars stage hand-in-hand on Sunday, March 4, and it was arguably the best part of the show. While their role was to award Gary Oldman with an Oscar for his portrayal of Winston Churchill in the Darkest Hour, Twitter was abuzz with the delightful duo. One fan voiced many of our thoughts on age in Hollywood, confessing, “Great to see two wonderful actresses presenting #BestActor!”
The women — who between them have more than half a century of acting experience —decided to send a message to the Hollywood heads that are in power. Stepping out onto the stage, Helen began, “Jane and I very honored to have been asked to present on Oscar’s 90th birthday!”
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Jane interjected, “Especially when we found out he’s older than we are.” Not missing a beat, Helen quipped, “Isn’t that the point? I mean that’s an anomaly here in Hollywood. Having an older man with a younger woman. From the 1960s to the present, we’ve experienced so many changes in politics, fashion, film, science, and technology. And now between women and men!” Taking a moment, she added, “In public and in private.”
“Like all of you, we’ve embraced and fought some of those changes,” Helen said before Jane took over to add, “What was once considered ground-breaking is now considered the norm. But there is one constant — a constant that unites us. We have been and always will be mesmerized by a great performance!”
So how did Gary follow their intro? The Brit did surprisingly well with his acceptance speech by thanking his loved ones for all the support over the years. The highlight had to be his shout-out to his 91-year-old mother. “Put the kettle on, I’m bringing home Oscar!” he said. So cute!
This post was written by Chloe Lal. It originally appeared on our sister site, Now to Love.