Morgan Freeman wore a glove to the 2023 Oscars after a car accident nearly 15 years ago paralyzed his left hand.
Sunday night at the 95th Academy Awards, the 85-year-old actor joined arms with Margot Robbie to honor Warner Bros.’ 100th anniversary.
Many viewers took to Twitter to express their concern for Freeman, but the actor’s legion of devoted followers quickly pointed out that gloves were hardly out of the ordinary for the “Shawshank Redemption” star.
In August 2008, the actor was involved in a near-fatal car crash on a Mississippi highway, which left him with permanent nerve damage, unable to wiggle his fingers.
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Though doctors assured the Oscar winner that his hand would recover, he suffered permanent nerve damage and now has trouble moving his fingers.
“I suffered nerve damage, and it hasn’t gotten better,” he told People in 2010. “I can’t move it.”
He added, “If you don’t move your hand, it will swell up. Do you know you move your hand about a million times a day?”
A local newspaper editor described the legendary voice actor as miraculously “lucid” at the scene of the accident, which saw Freeman’s car flip multiple times.
“They had to use the jaws of life [hydraulic cutters] to extract him from the vehicle,” Clay McFerrin told the Guardian. “[Freeman] was lucid, conscious. He was talking, joking with some of the rescue workers at one point.”
Later investigation revealed, however, that Freeman had suffered a broken left shoulder, arm, and elbow, necessitating a four-hour operation.
According to Healthline, a compression glove can aid in the treatment of numbness, pain, and swelling by gently compressing the veins in the hand to improve blood flow.
Alan Nishihara posted a tweet on its official Twitter account on March 13, 2023, and wrote-
Heartbreaking reason why Morgan Freeman was wearing glove on left hand at Oscars
— Alan Nishihara (@Alan_Nishihara) March 13, 2023
This practical addition to Freeman’s black tuxedo and bow tie Oscars ensemble was a nice touch. Robbie, 32, sparkled in an off-the-shoulder black sequined gown.
She had three nominations for her film “Babylon” at the star-studded event but ultimately went home empty-handed.
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The actress has been nominated for an Academy Award before (for her roles in “I, Tonya”) and will likely be nominated again (for “Bombshell”) in both 2019 and 2020, but she has yet to take home the prize.
Freeman, on the other hand, won an Oscar for his supporting performance in “Million Dollar Baby” in 2004, one of five times he has been nominated for an Oscar.