French filmmaker Thomas Langmann paid homage to his late father Claude Berri at the Golden Globes in Los Angeles on Sunday night (15Jan12), revealing the great director was too poor to attend the Oscars to accept his 1966 prize.
Berri, who made classic movies like Jean De Florette and Tess - for which he received an Academy Awards nomination, had to miss out on his moment of Hollywood glory when his film Le Poulet was named the Best Short Film over four decades ago, but his son honoured him while accepting the Globes Best Film prize for The Artist.
The producer said, "In 1965, a young French man directed and wrote and produced a short film and then prayed for a miracle to come and it came... (but) in those days he didn't have enough money to come to Hollywood, to pay the flight ticket, and receive this Oscar.
"This man was my father, named Claude Berri, so it is now almost three years (since) he passed away and it is such an honour... to receive this."