Oscar-nominee Woody Allen will appear at the 86th Academy Awards to introduce a Shirley Temple tribute montage which will be directed by filmmaker Roman Polanski. This is the first time Allen will have appeared at the Oscars since his appearance at the 74th Academy Awards following the 9/11 attacks to introduce a video tribute of New York directed by Nora Ephron.
“I am making this rare appearance at the Oscars because Shirley Temple was my favorite actress of all-time,” Allen told Hollywood & Swine. “Unfortunately Mia Farrow took all my Shirley Temple movies when we broke up to use as evidence against me. I’m also happy that the Oscars will be a family affair, since most of my estranged children will probably be on the red carpet protesting my appearance.”
Shirley Temple Black, the trailblazing child star from the 1930s, died Tuesday at the age of 86. According to the Guinness Book of World Records, Shirley Temple Black and Mickey Rooney, are the only former child stars who have and probably ever will make it into their 80s.
Former child star Lindsay Lohan credits Temple for not only inspiring her to get into acting but also to eventually transition into politics and hopefully one day become an ambassador.
“I’ve been drinking Shirley Temples since I found out she died,” Lohan said. “It’s the best way I could think of to her honor and they don’t have alcohol in them, so it wouldn’t violate my probation.”