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Watch: 27-Year-Old Robin Williams Presents Legendary Cartoonist Walter Lantz With Honorary Oscar

Photo of Shipra Harbola Gupta By Shipra Harbola Gupta | Indiewire August 11, 2014 at 8:01PM

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences quietly paid tribute to the memory of the late Robin Williams by uploading a clip from his first onstage appearance at the Academy Awards, back in 1979.

As the news of Robin Williams' apparent suicide broke, AMPAS responded nearly simultaneously by uploading a clip from its archive of Oscar telecasts, featuring Williams' appearance onstage at the 51st Academy Awards, where he presented an honorary Oscar to Woody the Woodpecker creator Walter Lantz.

In the clip, which you can watch below, Oscar host Johnny Carson, introduces Williams as "America's newest comedy sensation," about to make his feature film debut in "Popeye."

Sporting an appropriately turn-of-the-decade hairstyle, Williams doesn't just pay tribute to Lantz's work; he performs a tribute, complete with his skillful imitations.

This article is related to: Robin Williams, AMPAS, Walter Lantz

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