This is the night for Oscars and our question is this: Who has been nominated for four Academy Awards, won two honorary Oscars and was completely snubbed by the American Film Institue(AFI) honors and the Kennedy Center Honors?
The answer is Mickey Rooney. Rooney was in films for 90 years. His body of included over 400 films. He started in films in a silent film in 1926 (with Bud Jamison), he was a star at the age of 7 in a series of silent – then sound films ( Mickey McGuire), he was the FIRST teen idol (alongside with Judy Garland), he was the number one box office star in 1939, 1940 and 1941 and his last new film debuted this year (Dr. Jekyl and Mr. Hyde).
In 1983, after nearly 60 years in film, Mickey was given an honorary Oscar and made this speech:
Here is the story from Yahoo;
Mickey Rooney: An Oscar Speech for the Ages
Meriah DotyApril 8, 201
Mickey Rooney died on Sunday with more than 300 acting credits to his name and secure place in the pantheon of showbiz greats. But for nearly two decades, in the 1960s and ’70s, he was unemployable, his legacy tainted by bad marriages, bad finances, and bad role choices.
So when the Academy bestowed an Honorary Award on Mickey Rooney, he didn’t take his big Oscar moment lightly, delivering one of the all-time great acceptance speeches.
“When I was 19 years old, I was the No. 1 star of the world for two years,” Rooney told a roomful of Hollywood luminaries at the Academy Awards on April 11, 1983, as seen here in a clip provided to Yahoo by the Motion Picture Academy. “When I was 40, nobody wanted me — I couldn’t get a job.”
But by the early ’80s, Rooney was back on track. He earned an Oscar nod for his role as a retired jockey in “The Black Stallion,” voiced the lead fox, Tod, in Disney’s “The Fox and the Hound”,” earned both a Golden Globe and an Emmy for his role as a mentally retarded man in the TV movie “Bill,” and set box-office records for his Tony-nominated run in Broadway’s “Sugar Babies.”
The Academy chose to honor Rooney for his six-decade contribution to film. And Bob Hope presented Rooney his statuette to a lengthy standing ovation.
“I love every minute that God has given me to be an infinitesimal small part of this great business,” a humbled Rooney said — although his part in show business was anything but infinitesimal.
Rooney paid homage to his early castmates — Judy Garland, Fay Holden, and Lewis Stone from his popular “Andy Hardy” comedies; Spencer Tracy in “Boys Town;” and Wallace Beery in “Stablemates.”
“Memories,” he said. “I have a lot of memories.”
Over the course of his prolific, nine-decade career, with memorable and lauded roles in “Babes in Arms” (1939), “The Human Comedy” (1943),”National Velvet” (1944), and “The Bold and the Brave” (1956), the inexhaustible Rooney earned four Academy Award nominations. His two Oscars were non-competitive — his Honorary Award and a Juvenile Award (a long lost category) shared with Deanna Durbin in 1939.
But at Dorothy Chandler Pavilion just more than 30 years ago, Rooney wasn’t complaining. “Tonight you honor me beyond anything that a man should be given,” he said. “You honor me with the greatest and the highest tribute we can receive in our business.
“I want to thank you one and all for remembering me. Thank you for this glorious moment. God bless and good night.”