Disney Legends Honored At D23 Expo
Nostalgia remains a big part of every con, and D23 Expo is no different. At each fest, the most ceremonial moment of Disney’s occasional fan exposition — a virtual walk down memory lane — is “The Disney Legends Awards Ceremony.”
11 New Legends
On Friday, August 23, several generations of The Mouse’s best ascended to Disney Legend status:
At every D23 Expo, we gather together to celebrate a new class of Disney Legends. The Disney Legends Awards ceremony—just one of the highlights of the ultimate Disney fan event—has honored many of Disney’s brightest stars and notable luminaries, starting with Fred MacMurray in 1987. Since then, The Walt Disney Company has celebrated 289 Disney Legends, including the 11 talented individuals [inducted] this year—Wing Chao, Robert Downey Jr., Jon Favreau, James Earl Jones, Bette Midler, Kenny Ortega, Barnette Ricci, Robin Roberts, Diane Sawyer, Ming-Na Wen, and Hans Zimmer—who will be honored for their remarkable contributions to the Disney legacy.
Watch The Ceremony
Deadline quoted Robert Downey Jr., who echoed his fellow honorees’ gratitude.
“Playing Tony over these many years and that thematic idea that technology can guide out species toward enlightenment or destruction, it’s been really worthwhile and it’s an ongoing meditation and it’s been a great gift. So I want to thank the fans who made all this possible starting back in 2008.” Robert Downey Jr.
D23 provided some fantastic photos, as well:
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