The hand and foot print ceremony in the forecourt of the Chinese Theater is one of my favorite TCM Classic Film Festival events. It's an occasion of blissful celebration and pure joy.
Last year's tribute to Jerry Lewis was a riotous affair, my recording of the event is full of people snorting with laughter at the comedian's antics. While this year's tribute to Christopher Plummer, on the second day of the festival, had plenty of laughs, it was overall a much more serene affair.
TCMFF Energizer Bunny Ben Mankiewicz (seriously, I saw him everywhere, definitely the festival MVP) served as MC for the event. In his introduction, he noted that Ontario-born Plummer was the recipient of two Tony awards and an Oscar. He also listed some of the films in the actor's impressive resume, including The Man Who Would Be King (1975), Malcom X (1992), Inside Man (2006) and of course The Sound of Music (1965)
I'm here not only to honor your putting your hands and feet in cement, but I'm here to see how the hell you get up. -Shirley MacLaine
This sweet photo of the two hugging is my favorite of the morning:
I followed you everywhere. I would follow you anywhere. But you have to go first. -William Shatner
As good a storyteller as there is in this business, and there are a lot of storytellers in this business. -Mankiewicz, about Plummer
Finally it was time to hear from the man of the hour. As he took the podium, Plummer joked to MacLaine, "I actually prefer your dogs to you." For the most part though, the actor's speech was sober, emotional and showed his deep appreciation of the honor which he was about to receive.
I should also note that when he stood up from making his handprints, he did it a lot better than I would, and I'm half his age!
One of my favorite things about the hand/foot print ceremony is that you never know who will show up. This year I was pleased to see Alex Trebek in attendance. Here he is chatting with Shatner, with Plummer in the background between them. I'm pretty sure this is what heaven is going to look like:
Just like last year, Raquel and Jessica also attended the ceremony. We all missed our friend Daniel of Celebrity Cafe, who we met at the event in 2014, but who was not able to attend TCMFF this year, so we sent him this picture (with Nora included!)
|Jessica, Nora, Raquel and Me/Photo credit Jessica?|
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