John Hughes finally gets his Oscar moment
When Molly Ringwald and Matthew Broderick took the stage at Sunday night's Academy Awards, '80s fans had to know what was coming: a long overdue tribute to filmmaker John Hughes, who died last year.
Ringwald thanked Hughes for understanding her at 16 years of age, when she had yet to understand herself. And Broderick got in a nice line: "For the last 25 years, someone always comes up to me, taps me on the shoulder and says 'Hey Ferris, is this your day off?' "
A montage of movie clips honored his work from Breakfast Club, Pretty in Pink, Sixteen Candles, Weird Science, Mr. Mom, National Lampoon's Vacation, Some Kind of Wonderful, Planes Trains and Automobiles -- and the odd pick -- Home Alone. (Sure, it's his biggest money-maker, but also the end of his greatest work.)
Afterward, Ringwald and Broderick were joined on stage by Jon Cryer, Anthony Michael Hall, Ally Sheedy, Judd Nelson and Macaulay Culkin. Each had a chance to speak:
Jon Cryer: "John created characters that were at once familiar, almost painfully ordinary but at the same time transcendent and iconic."
Anthony Michael Hall: "John gave us all the gift of laughter and understanding."
Judd Nelson: "He had a gift for treating young people, not as children but developing adults."
Ally Sheedy: "When you get older your heart dies. Ironic words written by a modern day Peter Pan, a man who refused to get older."
Macauley Culkin: "John always treated me with dignity, even that tiny 9-year-old version of myself because that's what he did: he treated people with respect."
Broderick then introduced members of Hughes's family in attendance, and signed off with the title of one of Ferris' favorite songs: Danke Schoen.
A lifetime achievement Oscar will have to wait, I guess.