At the 29th annual Critics Choice Awards on Sunday night, Harrison Ford, one of Hollywood’s legendary actors, delivered a heartfelt acceptance speech upon receiving the Critics Choice Career Achievement Award. Ford’s emotional remarks and gratitude resonated deeply with the audience, making it one of the standout moments of the evening.
The iconic actor, celebrated for his roles in blockbuster hits like “Star Wars” and “Indiana Jones,” took the stage midway through the ceremony. Despite being playfully teased by host Chelsea Handler during her monologue for being one of her celebrity crushes, Ford’s award was presented by “Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny” director James Mangold.Embed from Getty Images
Mangold eloquently described Ford as a “variable hypergiant,” drawing parallels between the term and the actor’s immense star power in the entertainment cosmos. The director praised Ford’s body of work, citing his contributions to cinematic gems such as “American Graffiti,” “Apocalypse Now,” “Witness,” “The Fugitive,” “Working Girl,” and “Blade Runner.”
As a loop of Ford’s greatest hits played for the audience, the actor, looking a bit disheveled, made his way to the stage, receiving cheers from fellow A-listers in attendance. Once at the microphone, Ford expressed his joy at witnessing the evolution of the entertainment industry, acknowledging the opportunities now available to talented individuals that might not have existed earlier in his career.
“I’m here because of a combination of luck and the work of wonderful directors, writers, and filmmakers. I am incredibly fortunate,” Ford humbly stated, reflecting on his illustrious career. The actor took a moment to thank his wife, Calista Flockhart, with heartfelt words: “She supports me when I need a lot of support — and I need a lot of support.”
The intensity of the occasion deepened as Ford saluted his co-stars, expressing gratitude for the excellent actors he had the privilege of working with. “I’ve worked with, and I’m deeply happy to have had the opportunities that I’ve had, and I’m grateful,” he shared, with a special acknowledgment to Ke Huy Quan, his co-star from “Indiana Jones,” who was present in the audience.
In a modest conclusion to his speech, Ford thanked the audience, appearing slightly shy about the attention. “I won’t take any more of your time,” he said, but the audience’s enthusiastic response suggested they would have gladly listened for as long as Ford wished to share his reflections, with whoops, yells, and applause filling the room. The evening marked a poignant celebration of Harrison Ford’s remarkable career and his enduring impact on the world of cinema.