My good friend and mentor, Dr. Emmett “Doc” Brown, will be receiving an honorary Oscar at tonight’s Academy Awards Ceremony. And I get to be there for it!
“I can’t believe they’re giving me an Oscar!” Doc exclaimed after showing up out of the blue at The House on the House in his famous DeLorean. “Apparently, they’ve tried to honor me in previous years, but I wasn’t living in the present day so the Academy couldn’t track me down to tell me about it. Thank goodness Clara had a sudden urge last week to spend some time in 2014!”
We celebrated with Snapple, and talked about life in the future and the past, with Doc making sure not to tell me too many specifics about the former. As always, I tried my best to not form any Deep Thoughts about whether or not Doc’s body language betrayed any secrets about what the future had in store for this Modern Philosopher.
“You know, Bob was going to use special effects and computer animation to do the time travel sequences,” Doc explained, referring to Robert Zemeckis, who co-wrote and directed the Back To The Future trilogy. “I begged him to let me try to invent a working time machine to make those scenes more realistic. Thankfully, he had faith in me, and the rest is history. Or the future, considering where I happen to be living at the time!”
We all know what happened. Doc came up with the Flux Capacitor and the conclusion that 1.21 gigawatts of power would be needed to make time travel a possibility.
“That invention not only made me a very rich man, but it has also led to an amazing life lived over several centuries rather than mere decades,” Doc told me with a smile as he drank his Snapple. “I really owe Bob for taking a chance on me. I knew nothing about acting, but Bob said he wanted a real scientist to give his fairy tale a little authenticity.”
Robert Zemeckis will be on hand tonight to present my good buddy Doc with his honorary Oscar. Rumor has it that Marty McFly will be on hand as well, and might very well zip through the theater on his hoverboard. What a slacker!
I will be somewhere in the Dolby Theater, in my formal toga, sitting next to Clara and cheering on my mentor so loudly that they will be able to hear me in the future.
“I know that it’s your dream to one day win an Oscar,” Doc said as he put an arm around my shoulder, “but I would love it if your first time at the Academy Awards was to see me be presented with my honorary Oscar.”
How could I resist? Congratulations, Doc! You changed the way they depict time travel in the movies, and you’ve changed my life by being such an amazing mentor. They couldn’t be giving this honorary Oscar to a better guy!
Happy Academy Awards Day!