That Time Shirley MacLaine Joked That Austin “Should Build A Wall Around Itself”

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The “honorary Texan” was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award.

Shirley MacLaine had the crowd laughing as she accepted a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Texas Film Awards Thursday night. After being introduced by director and Austin Film Society founder Richard Linklater, Deadline reports that the 82-year-old Oscar winner quipped that “Austin should build a wall around itself” and make the rest of Texas pay for it.

She was joking, of course, by the audience couldn’t help but chuckle.

In his introductory remarks, Linklater (an Austin native) explained how the three Texas films MacLaine has starred in over the course of her stories career—Terms of Endearment, The Evening Star,” and Bernie—make her “an honorary Texan.”

The Texas Film Awards, which unofficially kick off Austin’s annual SXSW festival, celebrates inductees into the Texas Film Hall of Fame. In addition to the Lifetime Achievement Award, MacLaine was also honored for the Hall of Fame induction of her 1983 film, Terms of Endearment.

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According to Deadline the awards also featured a moving tribute to Fort-Worth-native Bill Paxton, who died unexpectedly last month at the age of 61. San Antonio-born filmmaker Robert Rodriguez introduced video tributes to the late star from Tom Cruise and Kevin Bacon.

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