1972: Charlie Chaplin receives an honorary Oscar.
Hollywood celebrated the legendary actor /director /writer /producer /composer with a 12-minute standing ovation, the entirety of which was not caught on camera. The night also marked the silent-era star’s return to the U.S. after a period of 20 years.
“Words seem so futile, so feeble,” Chaplin said. “I can only say thank you for the honor of inviting me here.” The audience got back on their feet when Chaplin put on his trademark bowler hat and cane.