Weird doesn't quite describe it. Chaplin's acceptance of an Oscar for Lifetime Achievement is surreal. For those who have seen the man's work, hearing his voice is a strange experience. Though he little resembled himself as a silent screen star by that point in his life, the glint in his eye let us know that this was the same Chaplain we remember. The depth of humanity and gratitude he mustered was overwhelming. Though there have been more outlandish speeches, none left us with as with as uncanny a feeling than watching the great silent star speak.
Charlie Chaplin, Honorary Oscar (1971)