Kirk Douglas and daughter-in-law Catherine Zeta-Jones at Golden Globe Awards.
Kirk Douglas and daughter-in-law Catherine Zeta-Jones at Golden Globe Awards. Image via NBCUniversal

At 101, Kirk Douglas sat in a wheelchair on stage Sunday night. Straining to hear him, stars at the Golden Globes sat on pins and needles.

They craned their necks to hear what the “Spartacus” legend had to say as he and daughter-in-law Catherine Zeta-Jones prepared to present the the movie screenplay award to “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.”

“Kirk responded to Catherine’s words, although in parts his speech was inaudible,” said The Daily Mail.

But most media outlets discerned some of his words:

“Catherine, you said it all,” Kirk said to Michael Douglas’ wife. “I would have made a speech, but I don’t want to say it.”

After a moment, he told Zeta-Jones: “I could never follow you.”

“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,” People noted.

Not everyone appreciated seeing Douglas celebrated at a #MeToo event, however, as a 2012 Gawker story was resurrected.

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