Philippe Petit balances Oscar on his chin

Philippe Petit with Oscar on chin
Philippe Petit with Oscar on chin
Man on Wire won the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature this year. The subject of the film, Philippe Petit, leapt up on stage while the filmmakers were giving their speeches. When it was his turn, he said he wanted to “thank the Academy for believing in magic” as he vanished a coin that he was holding in his hand. Then he reached for one of the Oscar statuettes and proceeded to balance it on his chin. How many other jugglers, unicyclists, wire walkers and magicians have held an Oscar at the Academy awards? I’m sure he would have walked a tightrope over the heads of the audience if they had let him. Watch the Oscar antics on YouTube.

2 Replies to “Philippe Petit balances Oscar on his chin”

  1. Yes, and the audience loved it!

    He must have been sitting very far back in the auditorium, because he got to the stage late, and he ran the whole way. I think he was not meant to be on stage for the award, but it was nice to see him anyway.

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