All of Tinseltown cheered Michael Douglas during Sunday’s Golden Globes, as the A-lister was on hand to present the best drama motion picture award in his first major Hollywood outing since his daunting, yet successful, battle with stage IV throat cancer.
“There’s got to be an easier way to get a standing ovation,” Douglas told the crowd, which included his beaming wife Catherine Zeta-Jones. “Thank you all very much. I’m really very, very happy to be here tonight.”
Douglas had been nominated for best supporting actor in a film for his performance in Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps, but lost to Christian Bale, who won for The Fighter.
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Last week, Douglas told NBC’s Matt Lauer he’s “relieved” to be over the worst part of his battle with cancer, as an aggressive eight-week regimen of radiation and chemotherapy eliminated the stage IV tumor in his throat.
Lauer’s full interview with Douglas airs on Dateline: NBC on January 23.