Michael J Fox has BAFTAs viewers in tears as he enters stage in wheelchair

Michael J Fox had BAFTAs viewers in floods of tears on Sunday night as the legendary Back To The Future actor took to the stage in a wheelchair.

The Marty McFly star, 62, was a surprise guest at the 77th annual British Academy Film and TV Awards as he was selected to give out the award for best picture.

Fox has sadly been diagnosed with Parkinson’s and has been living with the condition and battling it publicly for more than 20 years.

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Viewers were amazed as the Hollywood star was pushed onto the stage in his wheelchair before getting to his feet and standing at the mic, holding onto the lectern for balance.

Parkinson’s is a degenerative disease which sees the brain become progressively more damaged which eventually affects motor function, speech and muscle function.

The audience, packed with stars like Robert Downey Jr and Rachel Pugh, immediately rose to their feet to give him a standing ovation.

Fans, meanwhile, were in floods of tears as they praised Fox for ‘refusing to hide’.

Michael J Fox at the BAFTAs in his wheelchair
Michael J Fox at the BAFTAs in his wheelchair
(Image: BBC)

Fox said: “No matter who you are or where you’re from, these films will change your day. The reason they say movies are magic is movies can change your day, they can change your outlook and sometimes even change your life.

Christopher Nolan’s epic Oppenheimer was then handed the best film award and Michael was then helped back into his wheelchair.

@winwithmeanin said: “Crying at Michael J Fox..glad he refuses to hide #BAFTAs”

@theasset180 said: “Seeing Michael J. Fox at @BAFTA awards. Holy shit, that brought me to tears. What an inspiring man. #BAFTAs”

@jamescbriggs said: “What an icon and inspiration Michael J Fox is. Nobody quite like it and so deserving of that standing ovation #BAFTAs”

@toady said: “I’m crying. Michael J Fox #BAFTAs”

@aangels05 said: “Words can’t express how much I heart this guy! I heart you Micheal J Fox, heck the whole world hearts you!!! A total king and legend in the same breath”

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