Thursday, January 30, 2003
Peter O'Toole: just hang on with that honorary Oscar.
Outspoken Irish-born movie veteran Peter O'Toole has asked that a prestigious honorary Oscar to be awarded to him in March be put off until he is 80 as he wants the chance to win it outright.
Oscars organisers announced last week they would bestow the award on the star of classics such as Lawrence of Arabia - who has been nominated for an Oscar seven times but has never won - to honour his huge body of work.
But instead of accepting the golden man, 70-year-old O'Toole - famed for his eccentricity as well as his talent - has written to Academy Award bosses asking them to put off the honour, the industry bible Daily Variety said.
The actor said in the open letter he was '"enchanted" by the gesture, but said that since he was "still in the game and might win the lovely bugger outright, would the Academy please defer the honour until I am 80?"