“It seems like everybody loves Harry Dean,” said surprise guest David Lynch at last night’s first annual Harry Dean Stanton Award in Los Angeles, and the audience cheered in approval. Lynch, who recently worked with Harry Dean Stanton on both the new Twin Peaks and John Carroll Lynch’s upcoming directorial debut, Lucky, continued to heap praise on his 90-year-old pal as a person, singer-musician and actor.
As a person, Harry Dean is just so beautiful. He’s got this easygoing nature. It’s so great just to sit beside Harry Dean and observe. We hardly have to to say anything. Long periods of silence where you’re not feeling anxious about what you might say. It’s just beautiful to sit with him. He’s got a great inner peace. As a musician, he can sing so beautifully tears just flow out of your eyes. And as an actor, I think all actors will agree, no one gives a more honest, natural, truer performance than Harry Dean Stanton. I think Harry Dean should run for president of the United States!
After being handed the first-ever Harry Dean Stanton Award, the celebrated actor is joined on stage by Johnny Depp and Kris Kristofferson to perform “Everybody’s Talkin’” and thanks to Benjamin Katz, you can watch all of that, including David Lynch’s aforementioned introduction. No doubt Harry Dean Stanton win the award again next year!
Harry Dean Stanton Award presented by Vidiots Foundation
If you love Harry Dean Stanton —and who doesn’t?— make sure to watch the wonderful Harry Dean Stanton: Partly Fiction documentary.
I was lucky enough to be asked to be the drummer tonight for an event called "The Harry Dean Stanton Award". Harry is 90 years old. That's David Lynch giving him the award. It was basically a lifetime achievement award for Harry, who is one of the most badass/real people I've ever been around. And I got to play music with him :: along with other great singers. My favorite thing he said tonight was "Growing old is not for sissies". #harrydeanstanton #davidlynch @davidlynchworld #vidiots