So I just watched it all the way through, and… I wasn’t the hugest fan of the ceremony. It felt like they were giving Star Wars the star, not Mark. I didn’t like neither George’s nor Harrison’s speeches. Then again, George only worked directly with Mark once (yes I know he was on set for TESB and RotJ, and almost co-directed RotJ, but still) and even though it was the most important movie of his career, it was just one movie. It’s not as if George had all that many amazing memories and stories about Mark - he talked about some things he remembered from 40 years ago, and you couldn’t expect more from him. Harrison too, and Harrison is known for not being the best speaker in the world.
So while I do think that Harrison and George had to be there, I think they should’ve balanced it by bringing in some people from his Batman career, like Kevin Conroy, for example. They’ve been working together for almost 30 years now, and I think he’d have had more to say about Mark than the 2 Star Wars guys that spoke. Maybe Paul Dini, too, since he ended up writing some of the best Batman stories that Mark played the Joker.
Mark deserved it. I’m so happy for him. It was about goddamn time. But I did not like the ceremony itself. And, of course, I miss Carrie.
I’ve watched the entire thing as well and didn’t really have any issue with anything particularly (apart from the media at the end “MARK! MARK! MR HAMILL! THIS WAY! LOOK CENTRE! PUT YOUR ARMS UP! PUT YOUR ARMS UP!” - Like shut the fuck up and let the man enjoy his moment) as I don’t know how the ceremonies for this generally go or what to expect.
I agree that Lucas’s speech was rather awkward, maybe unabashedly out of touch at times at what is probably considered appropriate in that position and it finished so abruptly you could even see Lucas realised after a second as he started to walk away and half raised a delayed goodbye wave LOL. But from any footage I’ve ever seen of Lucas and also reading his biography book “A Life”, to me this is just how Lucas is and didn’t really expect anything different than what Mark got out of him.
Regarding Ford, I feel the opposite in that it was a very sincere and heart felt speech. Similarly with having seen various videos of Ford over the years on different shows and especially in recent years with TFA, he seemed to always be wearing a tolerating “just gotta put up with this shit” face and putting up a facade with his answers to questions, half the time as jokes where I didn’t see any of that here. He’s always seemed a man of few words and I feel the few he used in this case were loaded with thoughtfulness and sincerity in choosing the words he used, loaded with a lot of hidden meaning that only Mark and maybe a few others would ever fully understand. If he is known for not being a great speaker then I think this adds extra weight to what I thought was a good speech all things considered.
They definitely could have had some more people there from his Batman voice acting career though I’m sure it’s not that widely known about compared to his role in Star Wars nor what initially shot him to the spotlight and is probably why the ceremony focused mostly on Star Wars.
But yeah either way, really happy for the bloke and think he thoroughly deserves this recognition.
Edit: Also did no one else find Mark’s TFA joke funny as hell? XD