Kirk Douglas: Hollywood Legend Kirk Douglas Met With Standing Ovation at Oscars

March 1, 2011 Updated: October 1, 2015

Actor Kirk Douglas (L) presents the Best Supporting Actress trophy to Melissa Leo (R) at the 83rd Annual Academy Awards. (GABRIEL BOUYS/AFP/Getty Images)
Actor Kirk Douglas (L) presents the Best Supporting Actress trophy to Melissa Leo (R) at the 83rd Annual Academy Awards. (GABRIEL BOUYS/AFP/Getty Images)

Kirk Douglas, the 94-year-old actor, producer, and author, presented the Best Supporting Actress Oscar to Melissa Leo at the 83rd annual Academy Awards on Sunday.

As soon as Douglas took the stage with his walking cane, he was met with the night’s first standing ovation from his peers.

Without opening the envelope and calling it “the moment we’ve all been waiting for,” he teased the audience with a series of sentences beginning with “you know.”

"You know …" Douglas said. "I'll never forget this moment."

After building up the suspense, when he at last announced Leo as the winner, the actress from The Fighter almost leaped onto the stage and bowed before Douglas.

"Pinch me … Is this [the Oscar] mine?" Leo said upon taking her first Oscar from Douglas, and Douglas obliged and pinched her.

Douglas is a three-time Best Actor nominee.