Memorable Oscars Moment – Charlie Chaplin’s Honorary Oscar

In preparation for the 2017 Oscars held on 26th February, we will go through a series of memorable Oscar moments from history.

Charlie Chaplin spent twenty years in exile from America due to his alleged ‘communist sympathies’. In 1952 he left the country to promote his work in Europe, when it was announced by the US attorney general that they had revoked Chaplin’s re-entry permit. He sent his wife Oona O’Neill to settle all of his affairs in America, including property she owned. He spent much of this time in Switzerland, and worked on films, including a couple about immigration issues. In 1972 he returned to America to receive an honorary Oscar for his lifetime of work.

In a touching moment, theĀ audience provided a 12 minute standing ovation for his return. He became emotional, as he was unsure of whether they would cheer or boo.



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